The Breed

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The Bengal is a medium to large domestic feline that originates from crossings of the small Asian Leopard Cat  to the domestic cat in an attempt to create a companion with an “exotic” look but a domestic temperament.

The Bengal’s beautiful coat makes it stand out in a crowd. Numerous shades make up the background color of the Bengal, ranging from golden, rust, brown and orange, to sand, buff, or even ivory. Bengal spots also vary in color, from rust or cocoa and chocolate brown to charcoal or black. Some Bengal patterns have inherited striking rosettes or spots made up of more than one color, usually a secondary color forming a dark outlining to the spot.

The Bengal Cat has a happy, active, interactive personality. Bengals are extremely intelligent cats that form strong bonds with their owners. They love to interact with their humans and are always found at the center of any family activity.

Every domestic cat breed has its unique features, and the exotic heritage of the Bengal cat can be seen in their every day activities. While Bengals will happily search out a lap or stretch out on the sofa next to you during naptime, they are very active during the rest of the day.

The Bengal’s activity level is very high and they love to play, run and leap. They are great climbers and jumpers. They could at times be described as mischievous. Bengals are not a cat to be ignored. They sometimes demand a lot of attention but they will always keep you entertained with their antics.

To sum up, the Bengal is self-assured, affectionate and playful, with the stunning looks of its wild ancestor. The Bengal cat will grace any home and be a loyal life companion. You will find that they are very “dog-like” in personality, following you from room to room in your home and always greeting you with a loving welcome.


Sources:  http://www.catsofaustralia.com

http://www.bengalcat.com

Photo:  www.exoticbengals.com

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