Bengal

Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Height:

Weight: 6 - 12 pounds


Bengal Traits

  • Lap Cat

    Trait Rating: 1 of 5
  • Intelligence

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5
  • Ease of Training

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Grooming Requirements

    Trait Rating: 1 of 5
  • Shedding

    Trait Rating: 2 of 5
  • Good with Children

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Good with Dogs

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Chattiness

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5

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) -┬É 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.


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