Bengals are curious, intelligent,
eye-catching companions developed to have the look of a wild feline on
that is truly a pet.
The Bengal breed
originated in the 1970's when Asian Leopard Cats were crossed
with domestic cats as a part of a study of feline Leukemia.
In the late
1970's Jean Mill acquired 8 hybrid females from the program and began
of the Bengal as a domestic breed. In
1984 the domestic Bengal cat became officially recognized by the
Cat Association. Since its humble
beginnings the Bengal breed has grown intoTHE most popular breed
registered and shown in TICA today.
captivating to watch, are NOT
for decoration. They are confident,
intelligent, inquisitive, interactive, affectionate
companions. They often like to fetch, play with water,
and are easily leash trained. Bengals have a self-confident
social nature that allows them to adjust easily to a new home,
and to get along well with children and other animals also.
Bengal cat is a medium to a
relatively large shorthaired exotic cat. Bengal
cats vary in size with the male between fourteen to twenty pounds and
slightly smaller at ten to twelve pounds. Bengal cats are very muscular
with long bodies, thus appearing larger. They are also sturdy and
Heads should be
wild looking and formidable. The face should have a feral
expression with small rounded ears, intense facial markings, and
whisker pads. Careful selection of breeding ensures that the Bengal cat
loving and friendly with a superb temperament, whilst retaining a
physical resemblance to its wild ancestor.
cats come in two