Bengal Breed Brief:
The Bengal coat is short and dense, with a soft and silky feel, patterned in random spots or marbled, with a variety of acceptable colors. The coat may be "glittered," which is an effect that appears as if it were sprinkled with glitter.
The Bengal is currently accepted for registration by the TICA, the ACFA and the GCCF.
The TICA accepts registration of F1s through F3s and beyond, however, in order to be shown in TICA, a Bengal must be at least four generations away (F-4) from its Asian Leopard Cat ancestor. The CFA considers the Bengal a "wild cat," and does not accept the breed for registration, or to be shown at CFA-sanctioned shows.
Breeding a Wild Cat
To belie its wild background, a Bengal is described as lively, playful, affectionate, and intelligent. Bengals love water, and will splash in the sink, or even jump into the shower with you. The Bengal combines the exotic look and feel of the small forest-dwelling wild cats they descend from with the dependability and loving temperament of the domestic cat. For a walk on the wild side with an affectionate companion who epitomizes the look of the wild, you can't go wrong with a Bengal.