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    Overview

    Bengal Cats were developed by breeding the Asian Leopard Cat with the Domestic Cat. The intention was to create a very unique, exotic-looking breed that also was well-tempered.

    Character

    This breed is extremely playful and active. Unlike other breeds that mellow with age, Bengals have a life-long, high-energy level and need interactive toys and an owner who takes time to play with them every day.

    These cats require a great deal of attention and affection and can become a bit mischievous without it. But when given the necessary attention and love, Bengal cats can make a wonderful companion for almost any type of household.

    The Bengal can be very mischievous and boisterous. They are active cats always ready to play, very vocal, intelligent, loving and people-oriented. Bengal owners find that they are very “dog-like” in personality, following you from room to room and always greeting you with a loving welcome.

    Appearance

    They are classified by their coat pattern. The most common pattern is the Spotted Leopard Bengal. The second most common pattern is the Marbled Bengal, with swirls and patches of color blended together in a pattern similar to a classic tabby.

    At A Glance

    Breed Classification:

    Exotic

    Colors:

    Brown Tabby, Seal Sepia Tabby, Seal Mink Tabby, Seal Lynx Point, Black Silver Tabby, Seal Silver Sepia Tabby, Seal Silver Mink Tabby, Seal Silver Lynx Point. Spotted or Marbled Patterns ONLY

    Average Litter Size:

    5

    Life Span:

    10 – 15 Years

    Personality:

    Bengals may appear to be more like a dog than a cat. Some will retrieve and they all like to play cat and mouse games. Bengals love to climb and play in the water. They never grow up.

    Grooming Requirements:

    Weekly brushing to control shedding.

    Social skills:

    Bengals get along very well with other pets and animals if at least four generations removed from the wild.

    Bengal Cats & Children:

    Good with children, if children have been taught to play appropriately with cats.

    Energy Level:

    Owning a Bengal is like having a perpetual kitten.

    Noisiness:

    A Bengal’s voice may sound like something from the wild.

    Health:

    These are very healthy cats, yet cases of entropion have been mentioned in this breed by some authors.

    Shedding:

    Medium

    Cause Allergies:

    None

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