The Bengal Cat

The bengal cat is a relatively new breed when compared to other breeds of cats which can be traced back hundreds and even thousands of years.  The bengal on the other hand was first 'created' in the 1960's by Jean Sugden (Mill) by a controlled cross breeding of the Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic cat though the breed was not proliferated until years later. The hybrids born from these matings were given the name "Bengal" from the latin name of the Asian Leopard Cat or ALC (Prionalurus Bengalensis). The ALC or Prionalurus Bengalensis is a small non aggressive cat weighing on average between 3 - 4.5 kg. The ALC would rather run away and escape than to fight and show aggression.

The bengal cat is a beautiful creation combining exotic wild looks of the  ALC  with the gentle personality of a loving domestic house cat. Bengals are incredibly intelligent and highly energetic. They love to climb and be in high places. They require mental stimulation to keep them happy and contented in thier daily living. Being a highly energetic and highly intelligent cat,  bengals are not the best choice for every household.  If you're seeking a lazy fat cat that will sit on your lap for hours and hours.. do not seek a bengal!  If instead you are looking for energetic antics that continue for hours and hours.. the bengal is a possibility for you.

The bengal cats personality is second to none. They are affectionate, playful , curious, confident and like most cats very independent.  They will seek love and cuddles often but prefer not to be held all the time.  This is not to say that the bengal doesn't like to be held ever. They simply prefer to be held according to thier terms and when they want.
Bengals also love to curl up with you at night in bed and many of them love to talk.  Some bengals will have full conversations with you as if they understand every word you say to them.  All in all the bengal personality is stupendous, sweet, gentle and loving. Not at all are they agressive and mean.  Of course there is always the exception to every rule. Like any other cat if they don't like something they can scratch and bite albeit rare. ALL animals have distinct behaviors and personalities that are conditioned into them as kittens and they also inherit personality from its' parents. This is the reason that proper selection of parents with loving personalities and proper socialization techniques are utilized during the important ages between 2-8 weeks. All of our kittens are highly socialized and are not shy with much in life!

Bengal cats come in two pattern varieties. Spotted and Marbled.  Spotted bengals closely resemble their big cat ancestors with lovely rosetted spots like the leopard. Hence why bengals have earned the  name of lap leopards!  A quality spotted bengal is a gorgeous  sight.

Marbled bengals are just as breathtaking as thier spotted bretheren.. many times even more so now that a handful of breeders around the world are focusing on improving the marble patterns!!!   A beautiful marbled bengal is something like you've never seen before.  Marbling is not only limited to the domestic tabby cat. Marbling exists in the exotic cats of Africa and some jungles around the world in cats such as the Clouded leopard..the King Cheetah.. the Ocelot.. the Margay ,just to name a few.  Here at Roman Bengals we've decided to focus only on marble patterning.  We find that the marble patterning is the most stunning of the bengal patterns providing something you'll not likely see too frequently.. making them even MORE spectacular!   Read more about the marble pattern HERE.

Colors of bengals vary greatly and all are equally as beautiful as the next.  Some colors are not accepted for champion status in the show rings but still make stunning rare colored pets!

Bengal Colors

Bengals come in a variety of colors.  There is most certainly one that will suit your tastes.  Some colors are not accepted in the show ring but nonetheless they are all beautiful and make supreme stunning and exotic pets.

The following list of colors are the only recognized and accepted color for the show ring (in TICA) FIFE at this point does not accept silvers.  They can come in spotted/rosetted or marbled patterns only.

Brown (black) Tabby

Black Silver Tabby
Seal Silver Sepia Tabby*
Seal Silver Mink Tabby*
Seal Silver Lynx Point Tabby*
Seal Lynx Point Tabby*
Seal Sepia Tabby*
Seal Mink Tabby*

*Seal colors are often times referred to as SNOW BENGALS.

These next colors often surface within the bengal breed and are beautiful. They are not accepted for the showring.

Black (melanistic)

*NOTE* I will try to add photographs soon representing each color.

See Our Future Planned Breedings Here

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