The Bengal Cat is a breed of domestic cat developed by selective breeding to evoke the feline denizens of the jungle such as Leopards, Ocelots, Margays and Clouded Leopards.
The name “Bengal cat” was derived from the taxonomic name of the Asian leopard cat.
They have a “wild” appearance with large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the ALC (Asian leopard cat.), but once separated by at least four generations from the original crossing possess a gentle domestic cat temperament.
The Bengal cat is usually either classed as brown-spotted or snow-spotted (although there are more colours, brown and snow are the only colours of Bengal that the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (UK) recognize). Within brown Bengals, there are either marble or spotted markings. Included in the spotted variation is rosetted, which consists of a spot with a dark line surrounding it. Snow Bengals are also either marble or spotted, but are also divided into blue-eyed or any other colour eyes.
The International Cat Association recognizes several Bengal colours (brown, seal lynx point, mink, sepia, silver) and patterns (spotted and marbled) for competition and shows. In the New Traits class, other colours may be shown, as well as longhairs