As a domestic cat, the Bengal is a very young breed. She was bred in the 1960s from a wild Asian leopard cat from South Asia with a house cat in order to obtain a trusting breed that at the same time looks very similar to the wild type with a leopard pattern. It has also been bred in Europe since the mid-1980s.
The Bengals are like all living beings, each cat is different and has different characteristics. One is cuddly, the other extremely playful, one is very quiet. In general one can say that the Bengalis are very curious, very intelligent and very lively. Therefore, it is not recommended to keep this breed alone. Of course, as with all domestic animals, it is very important to pay enough attention and, in particular, to offer the Bengals sufficient high climbing and scratching opportunities. Many Bengals love water, many showering with their owners.
The Bengals look like wild cats. There are Bengals in black-spotted-tabby, brown-tabby, seal-lynx-point, seal-mink-tabby, silver. The fur is soft and short to medium long. The drawings are very varied rosettes or marble (marbled). The drawing stands out very clearly from the basic color. The belly and throat should be almost white. The fur shines and shimmers.
The body of a Bengal has a pronounced musculature with nevertheless filigree and long physique. The Bengal usually carries the medium-length tail below. Compared to the body, the head is quite small with small ears but with high cheekbones, a broad nose and mostly large sea-green eyes.
The Bengals are very easy to care for, but you should also brush your Bengals from time to time, which is equivalent to doing good and cuddling. The fur just gets shinier.
The fur of Bengal kittens goes through different stages of depth of focus during development. The kittens are born with a very clearly structured and well-marked coat colour. However, this changes after about 3-6 weeks.
The fur structure blurs and the hair stands out from the body. When viewed from the side, it looks white-grey.
The rosettes and the drawing are only vaguely recognizable. In the wild, this serves to protect the kittens from predators, for example in the young of the cheetah. However, it can already be seen in the fuzzy phase which basic color the cat's fur will later have. By the time the cat is 10-11 weeks old, the fur will become clearer, clearer and smoother again. After the foot phase the coat gets a depth of field with a nice shine and the rosettes are well defined. The fur development of the Bengals is completed at about 6-7 months. The coat now shines in all its beauty, which makes this breed so popular and unique.