Bengal appearance/ features
The Bengal is most noted for its luxurious, soft coat which can be either short or long, and spotted, rosetted or marble patterned.
The silky coat texture means that it is less likely to mat or tangle. A regular light brushing or combing will keep your Bengal's coat in top condition, and the cats enjoy the extra attention.
Some Bengal's coats feature something called 'glitter' which imparts an iridescent sheen to each hair. The spotted, rosetted pattern is most associated with the "leopard look" as the coat features clearly discernible spots and rosettes. The Bengal's spots can be large or small and often include rosettes, like the spots of Jaguars and Leopards, which are two-toned spots. Bengals may also be marbled, which is a derivative of the classic pattern found in many breeds of cats but with an especially dramatic appearance in Bengals. The marbled Bengal has a swirling pattern that appears as random swirls or thick diagonal and horizontal lines flowing across the coat of the cat. See below.
Bengals are medium to large cats, from 6-15 pounds, with males generally being larger than females. A healthy Bengal is well muscled and has an appearance that depicts its athleticism. Bengals are balanced cats and none of its physical features should appear exaggerated or especially pronounced.
Bengals are called "hypoallergenic" but that does not mean you or others who have cat allergies won't have a reaction. My husband does not have any reactions to our Bengals but his father has mild reactions. Bengals have a rabbit like "pelt" fur that requires considerably less maintenance than other breeds. As a result, Bengals don't groom themselves as often or for as long, so their fur contains less allergen-rich saliva. They also don't shed much, or shed far less than other cats, so whatever dander is present in their fur doesn't get spread around as much.
Bengals are generally confident, curious and devoted companions. They get along well with other pets when properly introduced and enjoy being part of a family. Each Bengal is an individual and those interested should find out as much as they can about this wonderful breed before adding one to their family.
Here at TBL Bengals Arizona we love the more leopard looking cats.
I have attached the TICA (The International Cat Association) Bengal Breed Standard: