The Bengal is the first registered breed that came from the pairing of a domestic cat with a wild one; in this case, the Asian Leopard Cat.
As a result, the Bengal combines the exotic look and feel of the small forest-dwelling wild cats with the dependability and loving temperament of the domestic cat. Most Bengals sold as pets are either fourth or fifth generation from their wild ancestor, and are friendly, curious, confident cats. If you like the "wild look," but want a loving, loyal cat, the Bengal may be the cat for you. The photo shown above left is of a Bengal kitten I visited and played with at Foothill Felines several years ago.
Photo © Franny Syufy