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The Bengal Cat

The Bengal cat is a domestic cat with the looks of its wild ancestor; the Asian Leopard cat and the temperament of its domestic ancestor.

The Bengal is a medium to large cat with a very muscular, solid build and a thick, low-set, medium-length tail that adds balance to this athletic cat.

F2 Bengal female
Above: F5 Brown spotted Bengal cat Polly

The Bengal cat is renowned for its richly colored, highly contrasted coat of vivid spots or distinctive marbling. It is the only domestic cat that has rosetted spots like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots. And this distinctive and unique appearance is further enhanced by its slightly small head with a wide nose, almost concave profile, prominent whisker pads, large oval to round eyes and relatively short ears.

F2 Bengal female
Above: F2 Brown spotted Bengal cat Bibi

It is said that the Bengal cat can be recognised by touch alone due its short, dense coat that has a uniquely soft and silky feel.

The Bengal is an alert, friendly, curious, confident cat with strength, agility, balance and grace. Bengals are busy by nature and love playing, chasing, climbing and investigating. They love to be up high and many enjoy water and may often jump into a bath, toilet, sink or washing machine!

Bengal cat Smudge
Above: Bengal cat Smudge
Climbing the curtains
Bengal cat Twinkle
Above: Bengal cat Twinkle
Sitting in the bath
Bengal cat Angel
Above: Bengal cat Angel
Drinking from the kitchen tap
Bengal cat Honey
Above: Bengal cat Honey
Sitting in the washing machine
Sittingpretty Double Bubble
Above: Sittingpretty Double Bubble
Investigating the waste paper bin

Bengals are loved by those who appreciate their inquisitive, playful and loving nature. Moreover, their beauty and charm has quickly made the Bengal one of the most popular breeds today.

I only breed Bengal to Bengal and my cats and kittens do not require any specialised care. I breed for highly sociable and highly affectionate Bengals. Because of the huge amount of time I invest in my cats and kittens, they easily adapt to new environments, new families and other animals.

Sources: The International Cat Association (TICA) Bengal Breed Standard, Wikipedia and Millwood Milestones

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