The Bengal is a medium to large cat with wild-looking markings and appearance. The body is large and very muscular. The head is slightly longer than wide with high cheekbones and full broad muzzle. The eyes are large and oval. Eye colors ranges from blue-green to copper. The ears are short with wide base and rounded tips. The tail is thick and even with rounded tip. The weight of the Bengal is around 12-15 pounds.
The Bengal has a distinctive thick and luxurious coat. The coat is soft and velvety and should have a glittering appearance when light catches. The Bengal are bred in two patterns, spotted and marbled. The most common colors are: brown Tabby, Seal lynx Point Tabby, Seal Sepia Tabby and Seal Mink Tabby
The Bengal cat has been developed in an effort to replicate the wild Asian Leopard cat but with the temperament of the domesticated cat. It was not an easy breed to develop because the first attempting crosses produced infertile cats. They are inquisitive, dependable, curious, smart and loving. They are also friendly, alert and confident. They love water and could take a bath if given a chance.
Is Bengal the Right Breed for You?
The Bengal is very active cat and needs some space. They should be given the opportunity to play and run outside and should have access to a sturdy scratching post. They like company but are not too demonstrative. They are excellent hunters and love to run and chase. They are very sociable, get alone well with other cats and usually get on well with dogs. It is important to socialize them well when still young. They love attention and like to be noticed. If you have to work or stay away sometime is better to give them another cat for company to avoid him annoyance and loneliness.
Bengal Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Bengal is around 12-16 years.
Bengal Health Problems
The Bengal is a relatively healthy breed. There major concerns associated with them are PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), HCM (Hypertrophy Cardiomyopathy) and Cataracts.
Bengal Care and Grooming
The Bengal coat required some grooming to maintain his dense coat in good condition. Do not use a metal comb on your cat, this can damage his undercoat. Bathing is optional. The Bengal cats should not be bathed more often than once every eight weeks to keep their skin from drying out.
It is highly recommended for all cats and household pets to have annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, and a quality diet. Use a special ear cleaner to keep the ear clean and trim off the sharp points of the claws regularly using good clippers.
The Bengal are average shedder; you’ll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.