The International Cat Association defines the Bengal as at least a fourth-generation descendant of a crossing between the wild Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. The first three foundation crosses are identified as F1s, F2s and F3s. The ideal Bengal is domestic in personality, but displays the wild cat’s pattern of rosetted spotting and the pelted look. The traditional Bengal color is brown tabby–black, brown or rust color in clear contrast to a tan or orange background. These cats are curious, entertaining and have a special love of water.

Breed Details

The International Cat Association recognizes brown tabby, seal lynx point, seal sepia tabby and seal mink tabby colors, and spotted (single-colored spots or two-toned rosettes in a random pattern) and marble (random tabby markings minus the distinctive bull's eye) patterns.

Minimal; weekly brush out or rub down controls shedding.

Best Home:

Home with High energy level

National Breed Club:

The International Bengal Cat Society;


Confident, alert, curious, intelligent and friendly. Bengals are known to be big talkers, communicating with their large, expressive eyes what they can't convey through meows and chirps.


Sleek and muscular with a wedge head that is longer than wide; a broad nose and large oval eyes.