Bengal Cat Standard of Points – GCCF

BENGAL
(Breed 76)
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 females may be smaller than the males. Head
and Neck – Broad medium wedge with rounded 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 line of the bridge of
the nose extends to the nose leather making a very slight concave curve. The nose is large and broad
with a slightly puffed nose leather. The muzzle should be full and broad with a rounded, strong 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 on adult males. Ears –
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. Eyes – Almost round, oval
preferred, large but not bold. Set on a slight slant toward the base of the ear. Body – 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.
Tail – Medium length, thick and even, with a rounded tip; may be tapered towards the end. Coat –
Short to medium in length, very dense, luxurious and unusually soft to the touch. Allowances should
be made for a slightly longer coat in kittens. Spotted 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 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 and shape but should be generally large, well formed and
distributed at random, or in horizontal alignment. Contrast with the ground colour should be well
defined giving a distinct pattern and a sharp outline to the spots. Rosettes and arrowhead-shaped
spots are desirable. These are preferred to single spotting but are 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. Marbled 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 strap, mascara
markings, distinct broken or unbroken necklet(s) and blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks are
desirable. There should be a distinct pattern with swirled patches or streaks, clearly defined but not
symmetrical, giving the impression of marble, preferably with a horizontal flow. Contrast should be
well defined 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.
BROWN (BLACK) SPOTTED BEN n 24 BROWN (BLACK) MARBLED BEN n 22 All variations are allowed
in Bengals but a high degree of rufus colour yielding a yellow, buff, golden or orange ground colour is
preferred. Markings may be black or various shades of brown. There may be a light coloured “thumb
print” on the back of each ear. A very pale colour, preferably white, is highly desirable on the
whisker pads and chin and may extend onto the chest, underside and inner legs. Alternatively, the
chest, underside and inner legs may be pale in contrast to the ground colour of the flanks and back.
White or very light coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are desirable. The eye rims, lips and nose
leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be brick red. Paw pads
and tail tip must be black. Preference should be given to marbled cats with three or more shades;
that is ground colour, markings and dark outlinings of these markings. The overall appearance
should be of gold dusting. A grey base coat should not be penalised. Eye-Colour – Gold, green or
hazel, deep shades preferred.
BLUE-EYED SNOW SPOTTED BEN n 24 33 BLUE-EYED SNOW MARBLED BEN n 22 33 (Siamese
restriction of coat pattern). The ground colour should be ivory to cream. The pattern may vary in
colour from charcoal to dark or light brown with light coloured spectacles, whisker pads and chin.
There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. The eye rims, lips and nose
leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be brick red. Paw pads
should be brown with rosy undertones. The colour may be darker on the points than on the body; as
little contrast as possible is preferred. The tail tip must be dark brown or charcoal. The overall
appearance should be of pearl dusting. Eye Colour – Blue, deep shades preferred.
AOC-EYED SNOW SPOTTED BEN n 24 32 AOC-EYED SNOW MARBLED BEN n 22 32 (
(Burmese/Tonkinese restriction of coat colour). The ground colour should be ivory to tan with the
pattern clearly visible. The pattern may be charcoal or shades of brown with light coloured
spectacles, whisker pads and chin. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each
ear. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose
leather should be brick red. Paw pads should be dark brown with rosy undertones. The tail tip must
be dark brown or charcoal. The overall appearance should be of pearl dusting. Eye Colour – Gold,
green or blue-green.
BLACK SILVER SPOTTED BEN ns 24 BLACK SILVER MARBLED BEN ns 22 Markings should be black on
a silvery-white ground colour showing extreme contrast. The base of the hair should be glacial white.
There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. A very pale colour, preferably
silvery-white, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and chin and may extend onto the chest,
underside and inner legs. Silvery-white coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are desirable. The eye
rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be
brick red although a black nose leather is acceptable. Paw pads and tail tip must be black. There
should be little or no tarnish (brown pigmentation) present in the coat colour. The overall
appearance should be of diamond dusting but this is not essential. Eye Colour-Gold, green or hazel,
deep shades preferred
. BLUE-EYED SILVER SNOW SPOTTED BEN ns 24 33 BLUE-EYED SILVER SNOW MARBLED BEN ns 24 33
(Siamese restriction of coat pattern) Markings may vary from charcoal or shades of brown on a
silvery-white ground colour showing good contrast. The base of the hair should be glacial white.
There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. A very pale colour, preferably
silvery-white, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and chin and may extend onto the chest,
underside and inner legs. Silvery-white coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are desirable. The eye
rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be
brick red although a black nose leather is acceptable. Paw pads should be brown with rosy
undertones. The tail tip must be dark brown or charcoal. The colour may be darker on the points
than on the body; as little contrast as possible between the points and the body is preferred. There
should be little or no tarnish (brown pigmentation) present in the coat colour. The overall
appearance should be of diamond dusting but this is not essential. Eye Colour-Blue, deep shades
preferred.
AOC-EYED SILVER SNOW SPOTTED BEN ns 24 32 AOC-EYED SILVER SNOW MARBLED BEN ns 22 32
(Burmese/Tonkinese restriction of coat colour) Markings may vary from charcoal to shades of brown
on a silvery-white ground colour with the pattern clearly visible. The base of the hair should be
glacial white. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. A very pale
colour, preferably silvery-white, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and chin and may extend
onto the chest, underside and inner legs. Silvery-white coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are
desirable. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose
leather should be brick red although a black nose leather is acceptable. Paw pads should be brown
with rosy undertones. The tail tip must be dark brown or charcoal. There should be little or no
tarnish (brown pigmentation) present in the coat colour. The overall appearance should be of
diamond dusting but this is not essential. Eye Colour-Gold, green or blue-green.
BLUE SPOTTED BEN a 24 (Preliminary) BLUE MARBLED BEN a 22(Preliminary) Markings should be pale blue to
blue-grey on a pinkish-mushroom ground colour. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of
each ear. A very pale colour, preferably pale pinkish-mushroom, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and
chin and may extend onto the chest, underside and inner legs. Alternatively, the chest, underside and inner
legs may be pale in contrast to the ground colour of the flanks and back. White or very light coloured
spectacles encircling the eyes are desirable The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in slate-grey
and the centre of the nose leather should be dark pink. Paw pads should be mauvish-blue. The tail tip must be
dark blue or blue-grey. Preference should be given to marbled cats with three or more shades; that is, ground
colour, markings and dark outlinings of these markings. The overall appearance should be of bluish dusting
giving a platinum sheen. Eye Colour-Gold, green or hazel, deep shades preferred.
BLUE-EYED BLUE SNOW SPOTTED BEN a 24 33(Preliminary) BLUE-EYED BLUE SNOW MARBLED BEN a 22 33
(Preliminary) (Siamese restriction of coat pattern) The ground colour should be ivory or cream. The pattern
may vary in colour from blue-grey to caramel to with light coloured spectacles , whisker pads and chin. There
may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be
outlined in dark grey and the centre of the nose leather may be pink to brick red. Paw pads should be bluegrey
with rosy undertones. The colour may be darker on the points than on the body; as little contrast as
possible is preferred. The tail tip must be bluegrey. The overall appearance should be of bluish pearl
dustinggiving a platinum sheen. Eye Colour-Blue, deep shades preferred.
AOC-EYED BLUE SNOW SPOTTED BEN a 24 32(Preliminary) AOC-EYED BLUE SNOW MARBLED BEN a 22 32
(Preliminary) (Burmese/Tonkinese restriction of coat colour) The ground colour should be ivory or cream, with
the pattern clearly visible. The pattern may be blue-grey to caramel with light coloured spectacles, whisker
pads and chin. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. The eye rims, lips and
nose leather should be outlined in dark grey and the centre of the nose leather may be pink to brick red. Paw
pads should be blue-grey with rosy undertones. The tail tip must be blue-grey. The overall appearance should
be of bluish pearl dusting giving a platinum sheen. Eye Colour-Gold, green or blue-green.
BLUE-EYED BLUE SILVER SNOW SPOTTED BEN as 24 33(Preliminary) BLUE-EYED BLUE SILVER SNOW
MARBLED BEN as 22 33(Preliminary) (Siamese restriction of coat pattern)- The ground colour should be ivory
to silvery-grey. The pattern may vary in colour from blue-grey to caramel with silvery-white coloured
spectacles, whisker pads and chin. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. The
eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in dark grey and the centre of the nose leather may be pink
to brick red. Paw pads should be blue-grey with rosy undertones. The colour may be darker on the points than
on the body; as little contrast as possible is preferred. The tail tip must be dark blue to blue-grey. The overall
appearance should be of bluish pearl/diamond dustinggiving a platinum sheen. Eye Colour-Blue, deep shades
preferred.
AOC-EYED BLUE SILVER SNOW SPOTTED BEN as 24 32 (Preliminary) AOC-EYED BLUE SILVER SNOW
MARBLED BEN as 22 32 (Preliminary) (Burmese/Tonkinese restriction of coat colour)- The ground colour
should be ivory to silvery-grey, with the pattern clearly visible. The pattern may be bluegrey to caramelor with
silvery-white coloured spectacles, whisker pads and chin. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the
back of each ear. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in dark grey and the centre of the nose
leather may be pink to brick red. Paw pads should be blue-grey with rosy undertones. The tail tip must be dark
blue to blue-grey. The overall appearance should be of bluish pearl/diamond dusting giving a platinum sheen.
Eye Colour-Gold, green or blue-green.
SCALE OF POINTS Head and Neck ………………………………………………………………………………………….15
Ears…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….5 Eye Shape and
Colour……………………………………………………………………………………5 Body
………………………………………………………………………………………………………….20 Legs and Paws
……………………………………………………………………………………………10 Tail
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5 Coat
Texture……………………………………………………………………………………………….10 Coat Colour
………………………………………………………………………………………………..10 Pattern and
Contrast…………………………………………………………………………………….20 Total 100

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