Bengal History
  • A hybrid breed, created by crossing the Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat, such as an Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Burmese or Egyptian Mau.
  • Japan is the first country to welcome Bengals as family cats in the 1940s.
  • Bengals are recognized as a breed by The International Cat Association (TICA) - providing the show cats are at least a fourth-generation descendant of the wild Asian Leopard Cat-domestic cat crossing. However, the Cat Fanciers Association does not accept the Bengal as a breed for show competition.
  • With the "pet leopard" appearance, the Bengal is zooming up the popularity charts, ranking first in TICA, far ahead of runner-up Ragdoll. More than 60,000 Bengals are registered with TICA.
  • The International Bengal Cat Society and TICA work hard to maintain the Bengal's "wild" look with a "tame" personality.
Bengal Behavior Concerns
  • Highly active and full of energy.
  • Extremely alert and attentive. They watch and learn from people on how to open doors and cabinets and other behaviors.
  • Look up because most Bengals love to survey their surroundings perched on high shelves and tops of refrigerators.
  • Very demanding. They want and need interaction with people and pets in the household.
  • Potential challenging temperament. Experienced cat owners can channel the Bengal's energy and intelligence into productive play and basic obedience commands.
  • Be aware that some Bengals make growling sounds when they eat.
Look of Bengals
  • Sleek, muscular body.
  • Wild exotic looks, sporting 13 different color coats, including brown tabby and seal lynx point. Coat patterns are spotted or marbled.
  • Wedge-shaped head, almond eyes, wide nose, strong chin and rounded-tipped ears.
  • Distinctive "prowl-like" walk due to the fact that the Bengal's back legs are slightly longer than the front legs.
  • Bengals grow slow, taking up to two years before reaching physical maturity.
Grooming Bengal Cats
  • Coat is short to medium in length.
  • Coat offers a silky feel.
  • Medium shedding
Suggested Nutritional Needs for Bengal
  • Their high-activity level enables them to burn off excess calories and maintain a healthy weight.
Fun Facts of Bengals
  • A true cat burglar, Bengals like to steal shiny household objects and hide them.
  • Bengals rank among the most expensive cat breeds. A show-quality Bengal can cost around $2,000.
  • Bengals love to fetch, play in water bowls and walk on leashes.

Bengal

Bengal cat breed picture
Lifespan
12 - 15 years
Height
Weight
6 - 12 pounds
Bengal  Traits
  • Lap Cat
    1 out of 5
  • Intelligence
    5 out of 5
  • Ease Of Training
    3 out of 5
  • Grooming Requirements
    1 out of 5
  • Shedding
    2 out of 5
  • Good With Children
    3 out of 5
  • Good With Dogs
    4 out of 5
  • Chattiness
    5 out of 5