- Breed Size:
- Height: 20-25 cm
- Weight: 3-6 kg
- Life Expectancy: 9-15 years
- Learning Rate: High
- Country of Origin: United States
Superbly active and highly intelligent, the Bengal cats are known for their patterned body. They are graceful and agile with a sturdy, muscular body that gives them a pretty good look. Even though they are domestic cats, they have certain physical traits that make them look feral, but they are of dependable temperament and perfect for a family pet.
Bengal cats are famous for their short and dense coat patterned in shades of brown snow and silver. They are also spotted and marbled where the spots are random or horizontal. They have a medium to large body with a bony structure and a broad rounded head. Also they have wide muzzles and pronounced chick bones. The ears are broad and rounded, and they have large oval eyes. You will find them in the colors of tabby, seal silver, seal silver mink tabby, and black silver tabby. They have a medium-length thick tail.
Bengals are fun to live with as they are communicative by nature. This cat breed looks quite challenging from the outside but is sweet and gentle within. They have a lot of love to offer towards their owners and are great companion cats. They are not that great with children or friendly towards other cats and pets in the house. However, early socialization and proper introduction to the family can shape the breed to be much amiable. This breed is brilliant and playful. They are curious all the time and require constant stimulation to keep themselves engaged.
Usually, Bengals are known for their loud vocalization, but they make different noises to communicate when they are hungry or distressed. You cannot consider Bengal a couch potato, but they enjoy some quick snuggle and cuddle after a long day of running and chasing. One great thing about this cat is their hardiness. They can adapt to any situation and maintain a cool. However, they will not approve of anyone of been harsh toward them.
Like most of their relatives, the Bengal enjoy the freedom and hate being restricted or held. Their independent spirit may sometimes produce hindrances during their training. But you can always keep up with them with a lot of love and positive reinforcement. One unique trait of Bengal is that they love to play with water, unlike other cats.
The Bengal cat originated from a cross between a domestic cat and a leopard cat, back in the 1950s and 1960s when one could purchase leopard cat in pets stores. The Bengal as a breed did not come into notice until the mid-20th century. In 1963, breeder and conservationist Jean Mill first crossed an Asian leopard cat with a domestic cat. The cat fancier’s association registered the Bengal’s in 1996, and since then, the Bengal has been known for its striking appearance and intelligent personality.