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Colors and patterns

Brown background colors

Brown is the most common background color amongst Bengal cats but there are a huge number of varieties in patterns. This brown base color was the first to be recognized by the TICA in 1983, the other background colors were listed later.

Light golden colored Bengal

Chocolate brown and black color patterns appear on light gold background. The eyes of this type can vary from yellow to green in every shade. Its nose is brick red colored and its fur is white around its mouth. The edge of its mouth is dark brown or black. Its ears and legs are darker, its belly is lighter colored and spotty. Its tail is dark brown or black and light striped, ending in black. Its feet are completely black.


Dark golden colored Bengal

Dark chocolate and black color patterns appear on dark gold background. The eyes of this type may be yellow or green. Its nose is brick red colored and its fur is white around its mouth. The edge of its mouth is black. Its belly is lighter colored and spotty. Its tail is dark brown or black and light striped ending in black. Its feet are dark brown or black.


Tricolor golden colored Bengal

Black patterns appear on brownish gold base color. The eyes of this type can be green or yellow. Its ears are darker and ginger colored. Its hair is white around its mouth and the edge of its mouth is black. Its nose is brick red colored. Its belly is always light gold with black spots. Its tail is black and light striped ending in black. Its feet are always black.


Cinamon-sorrel colored Bengal

On the fur of this type, dark ginger patterns appear on light ginger or golden background. Its eyes may be yellow or green and its nose is brick red. Its hair is white around its mouth and the edge of its mouth is dark brown. Its belly is lighter and spotty. Its tail is dark ginger with lighter stripes ending in dark. Its feet are dark brown.


Gray-beige colored Bengal

Dark brown or black patterns appear on grayish, beige sand colored background. Its eyes can be greenish or yellow. Its nose is brick red colored. The hair is white around its mouth and the edge of its mouth is black. Its belly is lighter with spots. Its tail is dark brown or black and light striped ending in black. Its feet are black.


Charcoal colored Bengal

Deep black patterns are spread on dark grayish brown, grayish black or carbon colored background. Its eyes are green or yellow. There are lighter rings around its eyes. Its nose is brick red colored and the nose bridge is black. The edge of its mouth is black. Its belly is lighter with spots. Its tail is black or dark brown or it may be grayish black and striped, always ending in black. Its feet are black.


Silver colored Bengal

Black or dark gray patterns are spread on silver gray background. Its eyes are greenish or yellowish grey. Its nose is black with soft brick red shade. The hair is white around its mouth and the edge of its mouth is black. Its belly is white silver with spots. Its tail is black with dark silver stripes ending in black. Its feet are black.


Blue colored Bengal

Metal grey patterns are spread on light gray or powder blue background. Blue color is very rare and breeders tend not to breed this kind further. However several people admire them when they see a Blue Bengal cat. The blue Bengal is alredy approved by the British GCCF association.


Black colored Bengal

As these cats have black patterns on black base color people often mention them as black panthers. Black colored Bengals are also rare and less popular amongst breeders. Sometimes breeders present beautiful black Bengal cats in exhibitions, but the color variation is not approved by the associations.

 


Snow background colors

Snow Bengals have three genetically close base color groups: sepia, lynx-point and mink. Each color is accepted by TICA and other associations as well.

Seal sepia colored Bengal

The cat often mentioned as brown Snow Bengal is born with chocolate patterns on beige or creme colored background. Its base color becomes yellow with age and its pattern turns to dark chocolate. Its eyes are yellow or maybe green. Its nose is brick red to brown colored. The hair around its mouth is white and its mouth is brown. Its belly is lighter and always spotty. Its tail is black with grayish brown stripes ending in black. Its feet are black.


Seal lynx-point colored Snow Bengal

This gray Snow Bengal is born completely white and its pale cappuccino pattern appear only later after 1-2 weeks. Its colors darken with age and later it has cappuccino patterns on beige background. Its eyes are always blue. Its nose is brownish pink. The hair around its mouth is white and the edge of its mouth is brownish. Its belly is white and always spotty. Its tail is black and gray striped, ending in black. Its feet are brown.


Seal mink colored snow Bengal

This Snow Bengal cat is born with white or creme base color and milk chocolate colored pattern. Its colors also darken with age, its base color turns to darker smoky beige and the pattern becomes real chocolate color. Its eyes are watery blue or greenish blue. Its nose is brownish pink. The hair around its mouth is white and its mouth is pale brown. Its belly is a light beige color and spotty. Its tail is dark chocolate or black with lighter grayish beige stripes ending in black. Its feet are brown.

 


Rosetted and spotted pattern

Bengal cat patterns are unique on every cat but we can differentiate two groups between them, spotted and rosette. Due to the huge variation of colors and patterns there can not be two identical furs. It is important in both pattern groups to have clear and distinct contrast between the pattern and the base color of the cat's fur. Rosette and spotted patterns are the most common. Patters are located accidentally and can not contain stripes. Patterns often run along the back of the cat as one line.

Donut rosette patterned Bengal


Cloud rosette patterned Bengal


Pawprint rosette patterned Bengal


Arrow rosette patterned Bengal


Spotted patterned Bengal

 


Marble pattern

Marble pattern also appear randomly and spreads flowing on fur. On a marble patterned cat, there has to be three parallel lines along its spine.

Reduced horizontal flowing marble patterned Bengal


Horizontal flowing marble patterned Bengal


"Bull's eye" marble patterned Bengal


Closed or "sheet" marble patterned Bengal


Chaos marble patterned Bengal

 


Glitter, Patina and Ticked

Next to the base colors and patterns we have to mention three other factors that have important role in Bengal cats' appearance.

Glitter

A special characteristic feature of the fur of Bengal cats is glitter. Gold, Silver and Snow Bengals inherited a certain recessive gene which makes them shine as if they had been sprayed by translucent glitter spray. This quality is the most visible when the fur is in sunlight or under spotlight. It is the most apparent on the paws and on their side as their fur shines like satin.

Patina

This patina effect is a certain characteristic feature of Bengal cat fur which can appear with any color or pattern. The dark hairs blur the basic black contour and brown pattern on the back and shoulder of the cat. This creates the impression of fadedness like patina. This is all over the back of the cat.


Ticked

A less spectacular feature of Bengal cats is the so called ticked pattern which is due to the randomly appearing darker and lighter stripes on the cat's hair. This creates a special wild effect on the base color of the coat which mostly appears on the back and side of the cat.

 

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