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Bengal is an active, social affectionate and extremely intelligent breed. Bengal is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. They tend to love their humans and act rather dog-like playing games like fetch and following their owners around watching their every movement. These cute kitties can be loving and loyal.
Size: Alongside other hybrid cat breeds such as the Savannah, Bengal cats are typically larger than the average house cat. Males on average weigh between 4.5–6.8 kg (10–15 lb) and females 3.6–5.4 kg (8–12 lb).He is an athlete: agile and graceful with a strong, muscular body, as befits a cat who looks as if he belongs in the jungle. His broad head is a modified wedge shape, longer than it is wide, with rounded contours. Atop it are medium-size to small ears that are relatively short, set toward the side of the head. Large oval eyes are almost round. Joining the head to the body is a long, muscular neck.
Temperament & Personality: Bengals are a lot of fun to live with, but they're definitely not the cat for everyone, or for first-time cat owners. Extremely intelligent, curious and active, they demand a lot of interaction and woe to the owner who doesn't provide it. Bengal cat behavior can range from mysterious, to naughty, to curious in the blink of an eye. One of the hallmarks of Bengal cat behavior is that they love being close to their favorite person.
They have different ways of showing affection, too. For example, sometimes a cat will head butt you. This is just their way of being affectionate but also marking you as their human.
Like many active cats, bengals have a high prey drive and should not be trusted with smaller prey animals such as: hamsters, smaller rabbits and guinea pigs.
Activity Requirements: With their high IQs, you’ll need to keep them endlessly occupied. Buy a variety of cat toys for them to play with or they’ll make their own fun. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect.
Breed Traits: Also in common with most tabby cats, Bengals have a clear “M” on the forehead. Bengals are very showy.
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet.
Grooming Requirements: Require weekly grooming to keep its striking coat in good condition. If the grooming process is started as a kitten they soon become used to it and enjoy the attention it brings. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails weekly.
Colors: Brown background colors. Brown is the most common background color amongst Bengal cats but there are a huge number of varieties in patterns. Dark golden colored, Tricolor golden, Cinnamon-sorrel, Gray-beige, Charcoal, Silver, Blue
History: The Bengal was developed to try to meet that desire for a wild look in a safe way by crossing small wild Asian Leopard Cats and domestic shorthairs. Jean S. Mill began the Bengal breeding program in 1963, and Bengals today descend from cats bred by her in the early 1980s. The International Cat Association recognized Bengals in 1991. The breed is not recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association.
Origin: India, United States
Life span: 12-16 years
Temperament: intelligent, active, social, adaptable, affectionate, curious, demanding, loving, loyal
Weight: 10-15 lbs
Height: 3.6 ft.
Colors: Dark golden colored, Tricolor golden, Cinnamon-sorrel, Gray-beige, Charcoal, Silver, Blue