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Bengal cat patterns: Spotted

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Brown spotted Bengal Sittingpretty Jazzy Jeff
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Jazzy Jeff

The Spotted Bengal

There are two recognised patterns within the Tica Bengal breed standard; spotted and marbled.

The spotted pattern is the most popular and commonly bred of the two recognised patterns. This may be due to the spotted gene being dominant to the marbled gene, or it may be due to the fact that the spotted Bengal most closely resembles the Asian Leopard cat.

The spotted Bengal has large or small spots that are random or horizontally aligned. Single spots are preffered as vertical stripes and rib bars are undesirable. The spots may be solid and individual or rosetted. Rosetted spots are preffered but are not set by the breed standard.

A Sittingpretty Bengal kitten
Above: A Sittingpretty Bengal kitten
Small and solid (dead) spots
Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Mighty Boosh
Above: Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Mighty Boosh
Large solid spotting

The spotted Bengal tends to have striped legs and a striped tail but some spotting is preffered. A spotted belly is also a distinct trait of the spotted Bengal cat.

Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Thunderbolt
Above: Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Thunderbolt
Spotted undersides and belly
Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Mighty Boosh
Above: Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Mighty Boosh
Spotted belly
Bengal cat Sittingpretty Magnum Opus
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Magnum Opus
Spotted legs and feet

Rosetted spots have two or three distinct colours or shades. An extreme contrast between the ground colour and the spotting gives distinct pattern and sharp edges.

The main types of rosetted spotting are:

Doughnut: large open spots that are filled with colour and outlined with a darker colour.

A Sittingpretty Bengal kitten
Above: A Sittingpretty Bengal kitten
Developing doughnut rosetted spots
Bengal cat Sittingpretty Baby Love
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Baby Love
Doughnut rosetted spots
Bengal cat Peppa
Above: Bengal cat Peppa
Doughnut rosetted spots
Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Polo Mint
Above: Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Polo Mint
Doughnut rosetted spots

Paw print: dark spots around a larger shaded spot filled with colour.

Bengal cat Bibi
Above: Bengal cat Bibi
Paw print rosetted spots
Bengal cat Tia
Above: Bengal cat Tia
A mix of doughnut and paw print rosetted spots
Bengal cat Purrl
Above: Bengal cat Purrl
A mix of doughnut and paw print rosetted spots

Arrowhead: triangular shaped spots that point towards the back of the body with the base of the spot fading into the background.

Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Starbucks
Above: Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Starbucks
Arrowhead rosetted spots
Bengal cat Sittingpretty Button Moon
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Button Moon
Arrowhead rosetted spots

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