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Bengal

Bengal Cat Profile

Weight 8.8-12 lb (4-5.5 kg)
Origin USA
Color Black, brown, gray; multi-colored
Fur Short, thick
Lifespan 12-18 years
Personality Loves learning, intelligent, alert, sociable
Active Cat Active
Playful Cat Playful
Independent Cat Independent
Vocal Cat Vocal
Sheds Cat Sheds

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Breed Characteristics

The Bengal has an unusually elegant fur pattern with fine rosettes (circles). It looks a lot like a leopard’s coat! Even if this cat’s slim body and cute appearance might look graceful, they’re anything but pernickety. They’re the elite athletes of the cat kingdom.

The Bengal is very attentive and curious. Nothing gets past this feline. What they love best is to sit on their cat tree or a high shelf, where they can observe everyone and everything. If a Bengal isn’t climbing, it will stalk through the house wanting to play. They love any kind of toys, and challenging toys are perfect for keeping their minds busy. It’s best to keep challenging their intellect with new tasks, otherwise they’ll get up to mischief trying to make their own fun (e.g. scratching things or “catching” fish from the aquarium).

Bengal Bengal - Photo: Shvaygert Ekaterina/Shutterstock

This is not a cat that will hang around on the sofa for hours. The Bengal likes to be constantly watched. A lot of attention means a lot of time. So, before you go out and get one, you should consider whether such a lively and active cat could quickly become too much. Bengal cats are very intelligent and even love learning little tricks like fetch. Bengals don’t particular enjoy being house cats. They should be allowed outside.

Bengal Bengal - Photo: Olesya Nakipova/Shutterstock

Appearance

The Bengal is a large, muscular cat. It has cute, leopard-like rosettes on its fur but may also be marbled. They come in silver, brown, snow (white), red, cinnamon (brown), smoke (gray), charcoal (black) and blue (gray-blue).

History

Bengal cats don’t just look like leopards, they are actually related to the leopard - in name at least. The breed dates back to 1963, when an Asiatic leopard was bred with a black house cat.

Did You Know?

The Bengal is one of those cat breeds that isn’t scared of water.

Bengal Bengal - Photo: Cressida studio/Shutterstock

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