The Bengal cat breed was created using interspecific crosses between domestic and wild Asian Leopard cats (Felis bengalensis). Attempts to create such a breed have been undertaken since 1963, but a focused program for its breeding began only in the 80s of the last century. The first standard was created in 1984.
An adult Bengal male is significantly larger than a female, but on average its weight usually does not exceed 6-7 kg. The body is elongated, strong, and muscular. A characteristic feature of the structure is elongated hind legs, as it were, “lifting” the body. This detail tells the Bengal’s gait a resemblance to the movements of a real tiger or leopard. The compact wedge-shaped head also looks unusual – mainly due to the peculiar “wild” set-up of ears – medium-sized or very small, slightly rounded at the tips.
In the process of breeding, wild Asian leopard cats were mixed with domestic cats of various breeds, including Egyptian Mau and Burmese. As a result of this, some individuals of the Bengal breed “over-developed” big ears and oriental body type, which is considered a disadvantage. The Bengal’s nose is large, with a slight bend and a fairly wide lobe; eyes are extremely expressive, emerald green, or golden yellow. The Bengal’s tail should be tight and not too long. The coat is short, smooth, and silky to the touch.
But the main distinguishing feature of all Bengals is, of course, the color. Its diversity is partly due to variations that appear within the ALC species itself, whose exterior varies depending on habitat. Also, some differences in the exterior of representatives of certain lines are associated with differences in the views of leading breeders, especially American ones, on the development strategy of the new breed. Some of them focused primarily on the conservation and consolidation of the “wild” type of Bengal. Such cats usually have a slightly elongated body, an elongated small head, and a white belly, but the color of the skin as a whole often turns out to be faded and the spots do not sufficiently contrast with the background.
Sometimes you hear about the supposedly “aggressive” nature of Bengals. This is absolutely untrue. Bengals can be as gentle purrs as regular domestic cats. They are very friendly and quick-witted, and if they attach themselves especially strongly to one of the family members, they can run after him everywhere, like a little dog, sleep in his bed, “help” in computer classes. They are naturally endowed with excellent health, are unpretentious and clean to pedantry, usually easily get along with other animals, steadily occupying a leader position in relation to them. But there is one rule that every happy Bengal owner needs to remember. Animals of this unusual breed need increased attention and affection of a person.
As the popularity of Bengal cats increased, the price of Bengal cats also raised. Bengals are considered one of the best exotic cats in the world, so these cats are always in high demand and also very expensive. The price of Bengal cats might range from 1000$ to 10000$ depending on the color and texture pattern of the cat. The specific price range can be found on many websites listed on the internet.