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Bengal

Bengal

The regal beauty and alluring charm of the Bengal make this feline one of the most popular breeds. Its richly coloured, highly contrasted coat of vivid spots or distinctive marbling, similar to jungle cats, is stunning. A docile, civilised house cat, the Bengal enjoys playing, chasing, climbing, and investigating. This breed is affectionate and adores being wherever you are.

DID YOU KNOW? The Bengal, which takes its name from the scientific name for Asian Leopard Cat, Priionailurus bengalensis, is the only domestic cat that has rosettes like the markings on leopards, jaguars and ocelots.

The need-to-know
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Friendly but independent cat
  • Lean and elegant cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • May require familiarisation before living with children
Bengal body

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good for multi-pet households, not hypoallergenic
  • Size: Medium to large, with males weighing 4.5 to 8 kilograms and females weighing 3 to 5.5 kilograms
  • Coat: Medium
  • Temperament: Affectionate, energetic, rambunctious
  • Grooming: Monthly
  • Shedding: Yes
  • Vocalisation: Ranges from quiet to vocal
Bengal is playing at home

Personality

Bengal cats have an affectionate disposition. They have an extremely energetic, playful nature. Bengal cats are intelligent and seem to look at everything around them as, 'can this be played with?' They are agile, love to climb and can be vocal with a distinctive voice which has been described as a cooing or chirping, or as a strange gravelly sound. Bengal cats are a very vocal breed and have a wide vocabulary that may on occasion be quite strident, especially in unfamiliar situations. They need companionship during the day to prevent boredom as well as opportunities to climb and simulate hunting.

Woman is stroking Bengal cat, who is lying on the windowsill

History and Origins

Country of Origin: USA

The Bengal cat is a relatively new breed of cat thatwas originally created by crossing an Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat in the USA. The Bengal cat derives its name from the Latin name of its wild ancestor, Felis Bengalensis (Asian Leopard Cat). The goal in developing the domestic Bengal cat breed was to preserve a strong physical resemblance to its beautiful wild ancestor and, at the same time, the new domestic breed was designed to be a pleasant and trustworthy family companion. Bengal cats are now ranked as the fifth most popular breed in the UK.

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