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Bengal Breed Standard:  FIFe

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Category III BEN Bengal Standard
General Appearance the Bengal is a domestic cat, which has the physical features of the small forestdwelling Felis Bengalensis or Leopard cat
a cat with a basic "feral" appearence and the loving dependable temperament of the domestic cat
alert appearence
the Bengal is sleek and very muscular
Size medium to large
Head Shape broad modified wedge, with rounded contours, longer than it is wide
allowance to be made for jowls in adult males
Size slightly small in proportion to body, not to be taken to extreme
Profile gently curved forehead to bridge, very slight concave curve of nose
Nose large and wide, slightly puffed nose leather
bridge of nose extends above the eyes
Cheeks high prominent cheek bones
Muzzle full and broad, with large prominent whiskerpads
Ears Shape medium to small, basically short ears with wide base and rounded tips
light horizontal furnishings acceptable, but tufts undesirable
thumb print
Placement set far apart, following the contour of the face in the frontal view, pointing forward in the profile view
Eyes Shape oval, may be slightly almond shaped
large but not bugged
Placement set wide apart, with a slight slant towards the base of the ears
Neck   thick and muscular, long and in proportion to body
Body Shape long and substantial, large in proportion to head, not oriental or foreign
robust bone structure, never delicate
very muscular, especially in males; is one of the features
hindquarters slightly higher than shoulders
Legs   medium long, slightly longer in the back than in the front
very muscular, never delicate
Paws large and round
Tail   thick, tapered at the end, with rounded tip
medium large, medium length
Coat Structure short to medium length
allowance for slightly longer coat in kittens
texture is thick, luxurious, unusually soft to the touch, and preferably showing glitter
Colour for colour varieties refer to the following tables
Condition   perfect physical condition, well balanced physically and temperamentally
Remarks General Bengals should be confident, alert, curious and friendly cats
Coat a mousy undercoat should not be penalised
Faults Head Oriental type of head
Coat much darker point colour (compared to colour of body markings) on Snow Bengals, Seal Sepia and Seal Mink Bengals

spots on body running together vertically forming a mackerel tabby pattern

circular bull's eye pattern on marbles

long or coarse coat

Disqualification Belly not spotted
Paw pads not all of the same colour

not consistent with their colour group description

Tail tail tip not black for colour varieties n 22/24

tail tip not dark seal to sable brown for colour varieties 31/32/33

Scale of Points Points
Total   100
Head general shape, nose, muzzle and teeth, forehead, chin, placement and shape of the ears, neck 20
Eyes shape, placement and colour 10
Body size, shape, torso, shape of legs and feet, shape and length of the tail 25
Coat texture and colour 20
pattern and contrast 20
Condition   5

Recognized Colour Varieties
Eye colour 22/24 green, brown, gold
22/24 31 blue-green, aquamarine, green, gold
22/24 32 blue-green, aquamarine, green, gold
22/24 33 blue
Pattern Marbled General Description of Coat Colour
22 markings, while derived from the classic tabby gene, shall be uniquely different with as little "bull's eye" similarity as possible
pattern shall, instead, be random, giving the impression of marble, preferably with a horizontal flow when the cat is streched
vertical striped mackerel influence is undesirable
preference should be given to cats with 3 or more shades: i.e. ground colour, markings and dark outlining of those markings
contrast with ground colour must be extreme, with distinct shapes and sharp edges
belly must be spotted
22 31/32/33 there should be little or no difference between the colour of body markings and the point colour
Pattern Spotted General Description of Coat Colour
  for the description of the pattern refer to the General Part
spots shall be random or aligned horizontally
rosettes formed by a part circle of spots around a distinct redder centre are preferable to single spotting, but not required
vertical stripes are undesirable
blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks are desirable
24 Contrast with ground colour must be extreme, with distinct shapes and sharp edges. Strong bold chin strap and mascara markings are desirable. Belly must be spotted.
24 31/32/33 There should be little or no difference between the colour of markings on the body and colour of the points.

Colour EMS Code *Remarks
Brown (black) marbled BEN n 22 A, B, C, I
Seal sepia/Seal mink marbled BEN n 22 31/32 D, E, F, I
Snow marbled BEN n 22 33 D, G, H, I
Brown (black) spotted BEN n 24 A, C, I
Seal sepia/Seal mink spotted BEN n 24 31/32 D, E, F, I
Snow spotted BEN n 24 33 D, G, H, I

  A ground colour: variations of yellow, buff, tan, golden or orange colour
chin, chest, belly and inner legs show a cream-white ground colour in contrast to flanks and back
  B pattern colour: the markings are virtually black, brown, tan or shades of chocolate or cinnamon.
  C eyes, lips and nose are outlined with black, spectacles encircling the eyes
paw pads and tail tip: must be black
  D ground colour: ivory to cream
  E pattern colour: clearly visible. Various shades of sable brown to bitter chocolate
  F ivory cream spectacles, whiskerpads and chin are desirable
paw pads: dark brown with rosy undertone allowed
tail tip: dark seal to sable brown
  G pattern colour: dark seal brown, light brown, tan or buff
  H light spectacles, whiskerpads and chin. Paw pads: dark seal brown
tail tip: must be dark seal brown
  I nose leather: brick red


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