The Bengal Cat Guide
Bengal Cats Breed Standards
The Bengal Show Standard is the achievement of several years’ work by the three Bengal Cat Clubs in collaboration with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.
Bengal Preliminary Standard of Points
Breed Number 76
Brown (Black) Spotted Bengal 76 30
Brown (Black) Marbled Bengal 76 20
Blue-Eyed Snow Spotted Bengal 76b 30
Blue-Eyed Snow Marbled Bengal 76b 20
AOC-Eyed Snow Spotted Bengal 76a 30
AOC-Eyed Snow Marbled Bengal 76a 20
General Type Standard
The Bengal should be alert, friendly and affectionate and in excellent physical condition with a dependable temperament. The Bengal’s wild appearance is enhanced by its distinctive spotted or marbled tabby coat which should be thick and luxurious. The Bengal is a large to medium cat, sleek and muscular with a thick tail which is carried low. The female may be smaller than the males.
Broad medium wedge with round contours, slightly longer than it is wide with high cheek bones. The head should be rather small in proportion to the body but not taken to extremes. The profile has a gentle curve from the forehead to the bridge of the nose. The nose is large and broad with a slightly puffed nose leather. The muzzle should be full and broad with a slightly rounded, firm chin and pronounced whisker pads created by the widely set canine teeth. The neck should be thick, muscular and in proportion to the body. Allowance should be made for jowls in adult males.
Medium to small, rather short with a wide base and rounded tips. Set as much on the side as on the top of the head, following the contour of the face in the front view and pointing forward in profile. Light horizontal furnishings are acceptable, but ear tufts are undesirable.
Oval, may be slightly almond shaped, large but not bold. Set on a slight slant towards the base of the ear.
Long, sleek and muscular. Large to medium and robust with the hindquarters slightly higher than the shoulders, showing depth of flank.
Legs and Paws
Legs of medium length, strong and muscular. The hind legs should be a little longer than the front and be more robust. The paws should be large and rounded.
Medium length, thick and even, with a rounded tip; may be tapered towards the end.
Short to medium in length, very dense, luxurious and unusually soft to the touch. Allowance should be made for a slightly longer coat in kittens.
Bengal Tabby Descriptions
The spectacles which encircle the eyes should preferably extend into vertical streaks which may be outlined by an "M" marking on the forehead. Broken streaks or spots run over the head on either side of a complex scarab marking, down the neck and onto the shoulders where they may break up into rosettes. Rosettes are formed by a part circle of spots around a distinctly lighter centre. Strong, bold chin strap, mascara markings, distinct broken or unbroken necklet(s) and blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks or spots are desirable. Spots may vary in size or shape but should be generally large, well formed and distributed at random, or in horizontal alignment. Contrast with the ground colour must be extreme, giving a distinct pattern and a sharp outline to the spots. Arrowhead-shaped spots are desirable. Larger spots may be rosetted. This is preferable to single spotting but is not essential. The stomach must be spotted (except in Blue-Eyed Snow kittens). The legs may show broken horizontal lines and/or spots. The tail should have rings, streaks and/or spots along its length, with a solid dark coloured tip. Spots should not run together vertically forming a mackerel tabby pattern.
The spectacles which encircle the eyes should preferably extend into vertical streaks which may be outlined by an "M" marking on the forehead. Broken streaks run over the head on either side of a complex scarab marking, down the neck and onto the shoulders. Strong, bold chin straps, mascara markings, distinct broken or unbroken necklet(s) and blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks or spots are desirable. There should be a distinct pattern with large swirled patches or streaks, clearly defined but not symmetrical, giving the impression of marbled, preferably with a horizontal flow. Contrast must be extreme with distinct shapes and sharp outlines. The stomach must be spotted (except in Blue-Eyed Snow kittens). The legs may show broken horizontal lines and/or spots. The tail may be ringed, marbled and/or spotted along its length, with a solid dark coloured tip. The marbled markings should have as little similarity to the classic tabby as possible. A vertical striped mackerel tabby tendency is also undesirable.