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Standards of Bengal cats

WCF (World Cat Federation)

 

Body

Body size can be medium to large. Bengal cats have muscular, long and sturdy body. Legs are medium size, strong and muscular. Paws are large and round. The tail is medium in length and thick with rounded ending.

Head

A Bengal cat has a massive skull, which is longer than it is wide with a round contour. Its profile is slightly curved. It has long and strong neck. Jaws are strong and broad.

Ears

Small to medium size, slightly tilted forward with rounded tips and the necessary thumb print.

Eyes

Eyes are big and oval. They are set wide apart and slightly slant. All colors are accepted from yellow to green in every shade. Snow Bengals have deep pure blue eyes. The seal mink Bengal may have bluish green or aqua blue eyes as well.

Coat

The coat is short and dense, glossy and silky like fur.

Color Varieties

The Brown Bengal has dark coat pattern clearly contrasted with the golden orange base color.
Seal and Snow Bengals are colorpoints. Point colors are the same as the color of other Bengals. The color of the body is a little lighter in shade and - unlike other colorpoint patterned cats - here the pattern is similarly lighter in shade.
These cats have their cheek in rhombus shape (nose, whiskers), ears, paws and tail different color than the body.
At first, small kittens don't look like colorpoints.

Burmese point - Seal sepia Siamese point - Seal lynx-point Tonkinese point - Seal mink


A Burmese colored Bengal cat (seal sepia) has similar pattern and base color; there is only slight contrast between them.
A Siamese colored (seal lynx-point) Snow Bengal has clearly contrasted pattern color from its white or beige base color.
A Tonkinese colored (seal mink) Bengal cat has almost the same base and pattern color but the pattern is clear and stronger in shade as the base color is paler. Eyes are bluish green which is a typical feature of Tonkinese cats.

Approved Colors

Brown spotted tabby
Seal sepia spotted tabby
Seal mink spotted tabby
Seal lynx spotted point
Brown marbled tabby
Seal sepia marbled tabby
Seal mink marbled tabby
Seal lynx marbled point

Patterns

The pattern has to be clear, distinct and in equal quantity on the two sides.
Every pattern has a pale spot, a so called thumbprint on the ears.
There is an "M" drawing on the forehead and there are two or three broken lines on the cheeks and several from the head down the neck to the shoulders where they transform to spotted, rosetted or marbled patterns.
There are two lines on the neck like necklace which can not be broken.
Dark spots are running in two lines from the chest through the belly.
Legs are evenly striped and there are even rings on the tail.

Recognized patterns

Spotted preferred Rosetted Marbled

Spotted/Rosetted

Round or oval spots are well shaped, standing clearly away, not fused. Spots should be random or aligned horizontally on the body and legs and running along on the back in two solid lines. A thin line on the spine is allowed.
The color of spots may show a shaded effect which is in harmony with the base color.
Broken spots are called rosettes which have darker sides and light center.
Spots and Rosettes in large numbers are preferable.
The different shape of spots and rosettes make every cat unique.

Marble

This special type of pattern differs from the classic tabby pattern because here darker edges emphasize the lighter inside pattern.
This pattern swirls on the body accidentally in a horizontal flowing manner. Three strong parallel lines run along the back just until the tail.

Points

Body
Head
Eyes
Coat Quality
Coat Color and Marking
Condition
30 points
20 points
10 points
10 points
25 points
5 points

 

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