Bengal is the result of the cross between a domestic cat and the cat-leopard (Prionailurus bengalensis), a small wild cat that is found in about twenty Asian countries as well as in the island of Iriomote. It was in 1963 that a domestic cat and a wild cat were crossed for the first time. It is an American, Jean S. Mill, a geneticist, who realizes the crossing and chooses a black cat of the american shortair race.
From this crossing come hybrids called "F1" (first generation) and then "F2" (2nd generation), semi-wild cats. A "domestic" bengal belongs at least to the 4th and 5th generations. He may then participate in competitions or exhibitions and be sold to private individuals.
With an exceptional intelligence, it is a curious, confident and friendly cat, a mixture of strength, agility, balance and grace. Made unique, his kindness and his ability to live alongside the man are always inscribed in his standard.
Bengal has a camouflage period called Fuzzy, when he is a kitten. It is an inheritance of its ancestors, the leopards of Asia. In their natural environment, leopard babies, curious by nature, can move away from their mother.
The fuzzy period allows them to camouflage and circulate without the knowledge of potential predators.
So, between the age of 3 weeks, and the age of more or less 3 months, the patterns of the dress fade and seem washed out, even bland and unspecified.
At this point it is often difficult to imagine the beauty of the dress and patterns, which will unfold later.
On the other hand, the experienced breeder can get a good idea! The dress of your cat can be clarified, and intensify until the age of 1 year. In some subjects, slight changes were observed until the age of 2 years. This is also the case for fixing the color of the eyes.
The character of Bengal makes him a unique cat and very different from other breeds of cats. He is keen, intelligent, curious and also very affectionate, especially with other animals and children. But what distinguishes him most from other breeds is that he is much more active than a normal cat. This is far from being a lazy cat that sleeps all the time! It is a small nature hunter who loves to play, climb and perch in height. He is also a little talker who likes to be looked after and who will do anything to attract our attention. This small leopard can
learn easily full of stuff like fetching the ball, and he will come and see you as soon as you call. The Bengal is really a small beast apart from others to which you will get attached much more than you think.
Bengal has an athletic body and a robust bone structure.
Its triangular head is longer than broad, and the sides are rounded.
The eyes are oval, almost round, and well spaced.
Permitted colors are green, gold, blue and turquoise, depending on the color of the coat.
The nose should be broad, and the cheekbones should be high and prominent.
The ears are medium to small in size, rounded at the tips and pointed forwards.
The tail, of medium length, is thick at the base, barely refining to finish on a rounded end.
The legs are well muscled and have a robust frame. The feet are tall and round, and have prominent fingers.