Have you recently adopted a Bengal cat, or thinking of getting one? These cats are known for having beautiful spotted markings on their fur, being sleek, muscular and agile and giving off an ‘exotic wildcat’ vibe. Here’s some interesting background information on Bengals, and things you’ll want to know before having one of these gorgeous kitties join your family.
History of Bengals
In the 1960s, the Bengal was developed as a hybrid between Asian Leopard Cats and a variety of domestic cats. Bengals were studied in the 70’s because of their ‘immunity’ to feline leukemia, an incorrect assumption that was debunked later on. Bengals were finally recognized as a breed with The International Cat Association in 1983 and since then have been recognized in several colours and patterns for competitions and shows including brown, mink, sepia, silver, spotted, marbled and seal lynx point.
Appearance and markings
With his spots, rosettes, and white belly, it’s no wonder people often refer to Bengals as the little leopards of the cat world. This medium-sized breed’s coat is its hallmark and comes in marble and spotted patterns as well as a variety of shades as mentioned previously. Bengals are usually short haired, but also come in a long-haired variety typically called a Cashmere Bengal. Cashmere Bengals come from a recessive gene that can appear when purebred Bengals are mated, however they are typically unrecognized by cat registries.