Get to know the Bengal Cat Breed

The Bengal cat is a domesticated breed developed from hybrids of domestic cats, especially the Asian leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) with the spotted Egyptian Mau. Their name comes from the leopard cat’s taxonomic name. Bengals have a rugged look; their golden shimmer comes from their leopard cat lineage. Their coats may display spots, marbling, rosettes, or arrowhead markings. They are an active breed that needs much exercise and play.




The earliest notice of an Asian leopard cat crossed with a domestic cat was in Harrison Weir’s 1889 writing called Our Cats and All About Them. Breeders discontinued initial breeding attempts after just one or two generations. However, Jean Mill decided to make a domestic cat like a wild feline. She has the merit for the current Bengal cat breed. Jean had a degree in psychology from Pomona College and took several graduate classes in genetics at the University of California, Davis. She produced the first known intentional cross of an Asian leopard cat with a domestic cat, a black California tomcat.

Bengal cat Breeding success

Nevertheless, Bengals as a breed did not start in earnest till much later. Mill continued her breeding efforts in 1970, and in 1975 she obtained a group of Bengal cats bred for use in genetic testing at Loma Linda University. Later, others also began breeding Bengals. The International Cat Association (TICA) officially accepted the breed in 1983, with a championship status in 1991. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) accepted Bengals in 1997. In 1999, the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) also recognized Bengal into their registry. The last organization to recognize the Bengal cat was the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). The CFA only recognizes F6 or later (6 generations from the Asian Leopard Cat or non-Bengal domesticated cat ancestors). And in 1999, The Australian Cat Federation (ACF) also admitted the Bengal cat into their registry.

Personality & Temperament

Bengal cats are active, playful, curious, and intelligent. Several Bengal parents say that their cat usually retrieves items and enjoys playing in the water and high places. The majority of Bengals love playing, investigating, climbing, and chasing. Bengals are generally confident and curious and love action.



The Bengal is a large-sized spotted cat breed, bigger than the average domestic feline. They are long and lean and have muscular bodies. Bengals come in various coat colors; Brown SpottedSeal Lynx Point (Snow), Sepia, Silver, and Mink Spotted Tabby Bengals. They are the single domestic cat breed that possesses rosette markings. Amidst domestic cats, the Bengal markings are possibly the most diverse and unique.


Caring for your Bengal

Bengals require proper protein and nutrients from a high-quality diet. Comparatively, after spaying/neutering, any cat has a higher inclination to become overweight. Owners should be conscious of the quality and quantity of food they give their cats. We suggest avoiding free-feeding for adult cats. Bengals do well on raw and freeze-dried diets, available at some pet stores. It is essential to give your cat clean fresh water daily. A tip for getting your cat to drink enough water each day is to set the water bowl at least three feet apart from any meal. Since cats’ noses are sensitive, the overwhelming fragrance of food may cause them to drink less. You can likewise use filtered drinking fountains to replace a water bowl.

Bengals don’t need much grooming as their short hair results in light shedding. Providing a chew toy aids keep the teeth neat, as do chicken strips, sticks, or chunks of meat. Trim regularly their nails. Longhair Bengals need daily grooming with a brush or comb.

Bengal cat Health

A good breeder would test for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (the usual common heart disease for domestic cats) and provide a genetic examination for Progressive Retinal Atrophy. They will also do tests for PK-deficiency (Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency). While Bengals are usually misdiagnosed with Intestinal Bowel Disease, a proper high protein diet and satisfactory testing for parasites can clear any real issues.

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