A Bengal cat is an athletic animal, alert to it's surroundings; a friendly, curious, confident cat with strength, agility, balance and grace. It is a medium to large cat which exhibits a very muscular and solid build. If this is what you are looking for, a Bengal is a good choice.
- Life Span: 12-15 years
- Weight: 8-12lbs average
- 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 was the first country to welcome Bengals as family cats in the 1940's
- 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.
- 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 ware that some Bengal's make growling sounds when they eat.
Look of Bengal's
- 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.
Fun Facts of Bengal's
- A true cat burglar, Bengals like to steal shiny household objects and hide them.
- Bengal's rank among the most expensive cat breeds. A pet-quality Bengal can cost around $2,000.
- Bengal's love to fetch, play in water bowls and walk on leashes.