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Bengal cat type

The overall look of the Bengal cat can depend on its generation and its wild and domestic parentage. The first three generations of the Bengal cat are called foundation Bengals and these are classified as F1-F3.

Above: F1 Bengal cat Anakin
Above: F1 Bengal cat Anakin (Photograph courtesy of Jackie Emmett)
F2 Bengal Cat Bibi
Above: F2 Bengal cat Bibi
F3 Bengal Cat Sittingpretty Thunderbolt
Above: F3 Bengal kitten Sittingpretty Thunderbolt

Once you reach the fourth generation of Bengals, they are described as SBT which stands for Stud Book Tradition. Stud Book Tradition is a term chosen by The International Cat Association (Tica) and the Tica Bengal breed standard sets outs the traits which are called for in our SBT Bengals:

Head:

Shape: Broad modified wedge with rounded contours. Longer than it is wide. Slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be taken to extreme. The skull behind the ears makes a gentle curve and flows into the neck. Allowance to be made for jowls in adult males. Overall look of the head should be as distinct from the domestic cat as possible.

Bengal cat Sittingpretty Storm Trooper
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Storm Trooper
Rounded contours, small and rounded ears, near round eyes and prominent whisker pads

Ears: Medium to small, relatively short, with wide base and rounded tops. Set as much on side as top of head, following the contour of the face in the frontal view, and pointing forward in the profile view. Light horizontal furnishings acceptable; but lynx tipping undesirable.

Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Sugar Blues
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Sugar Blues
Medium sized ears that are wide at the base with rounded tips

Eyes: Oval, almost round. Large, but not bugged. Set wide apart, back into face, and on slight bias toward base of ear. Eye color independent of coat color except in the lynx points. The more richness and depth of color the better.

Above: Bengal cat Bo
Above: Bengal cat Bo
Round nocturnal eyes with white spectacles and black eyeliner

Chin: Strong chin, aligns with tip of nose in profile.

Muzzle: Full and broad, with large, prominent whisker pads and high, pronounced cheekbones. Slight muzzle break at the whisker pads.

Bengal cat Sittingpretty Baby Love
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Baby Love
Broad muzzle, prominent whisker pads and high cheekbones

Nose: Large and wide; slightly puffed nose leather.

Profile: Curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of the nose with no break. Bridge of nose extends above the eyes; the line of the bridge extends to the nose tip, making a very slight, to nearly straight, concave curve.

Bengal cat Sittingpretty Monty Python
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Monty Python
Long muscular neck and strong profile shape

Neck: Long, substantial, muscular; in proportion to the head and body.

Bengal cat Sittingpretty Jazzy Jeff
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Jazzy Jeff
Long, substantial and muscular neck

Body:

Torso: Long and substantial, not oriental or foreign. Medium to large (but not quite as large as the largest domestic breed).

Legs: Medium length, slightly longer in the back than in the front.

Feet: Large, round, with prominent knuckles.

Above: Bengal cat Polly
Above: Bengal cat Polly
Large round feet with prominent knuckles

Tail: Medium length, thick, tapered at end with rounded tip.

Bengal cat Sittingpretty Starbucks
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Starbucks
Medium length, thick tail with a tapered black tail tip

Boning: Sturdy, firm; never delicate.

Musculature: Very muscular, especially in the males, one of the most distinguishing features.

Bengal cat Polly
Above: Bengal cat Polly
Good body structure with excellent proportions

Coat:

Length: Short to medium. Allowance for slightly longer coat in kittens.

Texture: Dense and luxurious, closelying, unusually soft and silky to the touch.

Pattern: Spotted or Marbled

Bengal cat Sittingpretty Ghost Buster
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Ghost Buster
Short and clear coat with a luxurious and silky finish
Bengal cat Sittingpretty Smokey Robinson
Above: Bengal cat Sittingpretty Smokey Robinson
Short and clear coat with a luxurious and silky finish
Sources: The International Cat Association (TICA) Bengal Breed Standard

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