Bengal Facts and Characteristics

Bengals are unique and complex creatures.  Every Bengal has its own personality.  They are very involved in their household and actively engage their families. A Bengal may seek you out for attention, companionship, conversation, or to answer the doorbell.  They enjoy “helping” whenever they can: making the bed, sweeping the floor, watching TV, vacuuming, and even with activities involving water.  They often like to be in the same room as their owners, supervising, or observing from a favorite perch or even when taking a nap.  Bengals are sweet, affectionate, gentle companions.  They are great with children, and with other animal family members.


Bengals have a uniquely smooth, soft, velvety, pelt-like coat.  They have superior litterbox habits and are fastidiously clean cats. Bengal adults are relatively large-boned, very muscular, medium to large size cats.  Males weigh in the range of 16-22 pounds and females slightly less, from 10 to 16 pounds. Bengals are quite intelligent, curious, athletic and remain playful into adulthood.


The Bengal breed was created by crossing the Asian Leopard cat, a small non-aggressive wild cat indigenous to Asia, with domestic cats, primarily the Egyptian Mau, Abyssinian, Ocicat, and Siamese.
This crossing has resulted in:
A distinctively soft, silky, pelt-like fur
Unique spotted and marbled patterns
A spotted belly with a lighter background color
Lighter colored whisker pads
Lipstick and eyeliner markings
Black or dark brown tipped tail
Black or dark brown paw pads.


Some Bengals also have:
Rosetting – a third color appearing in the center of the dark outlines of spots or marbles

Glitter – the appearance of a fine sprinkling of gold dust visible at the right angle and lighting.