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The origins of Bengal cats

The Bengal cat breed’s origins date back to the 60s when it was created by crossing the Asian leopard with selected breeds of domestic cats.

The Bengal cat breed originated in the United States during the 60s.

Various domestic cats were crossbred with the Asian leopard in order to research the leopard’s ability to not suffer from feline leukaemia and its genetic compatibility with domestic cats. The chosen breeds were the Abyssinian, the American Shorthair, the Burmese cat and the highly valued Egyptian Mau cat.

On the other hand, the Californian breeder Jean Mill had a decisive role to play in terms of spreading word about the existence of this breed, thanks to her curiosity in striving to obtain a cat that had an attractive wild appearance along with a more docile temperament. The result of the crossing was a litter of intelligent, affectionate and very active cats.

Each generation born following the initial crossing between the domestic and wild cats was named “F”, so the first was F1, the following F2, and so on successively. From F4 onwards the cat breed was considered to be completely domestic.

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What is the behaviour of Bengal cats like?

They are intelligent, affectionate and extremely playful. They also love company!

Bengal cats are characterised for being intelligent, affectionate and very playful, to the point where their behaviour is reminiscent of dogs, given that they follow owners around the house, wait for them at the door, and they can even get to the stage of going to fetch a ball that is thrown to them and then return it.

They also love the company of adults, children and other types of animals. Although it seems strange, they love swimming. This attribute, very rare in the majority of domestic cats, has been inherited from their wild ancestors, who were great fishers.

Characteristics of Bengal cats

Do not let them pull the wool over your eyes! If it is not like this it is not a real Bengal.

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Head and ears

The head is wide, rounded and slightly pressed with a thick and muscular neck. The jaws are strong and wide. The ears are medium-sized, wide at the base and rounded at the tip like those of the Asian leopard, as the cat’s appearance is intended to be wild.

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Nose

The nose is broad and long and a rich reddish colour; it is outlined by a thin black line.

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Eyes

Bengal cats have eyes that are worth mentioning: large, green, gold or blue coloured and almond-shaped.

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Paws

They are strong and with cushioned pads that are entirely black.

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Fur

The coat and fur are the reason why this breed was created. The stomach, chin and inside part of the paws are white with black spots.
The fur is short, thick and very tightly bound to the body, with a very soft texture that is similar to that of a mink.

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Tail

The tail of this cat is thick and medium-sized with the back end of it slightly raised, however an unmistakable hallmark of this breed, according to the Bengal cat standard is the black tip on the tail.

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