Bengal Breed Standard: GCCF |
|Brown (Black) Marbled Bengal Standard of Points Breed
Number 76 20
General Type Standard
The Bengal should be alert, friendly and affectionate and in excellent physical condition with a dependable temperament.
The Bengal’s wild appearance is enhanced by its distinctive spotted or marbled tabby coat which should be thick and
luxurious. The Bengal is a large to medium cat, sleek and muscular with a thick tail which is carried low. The female
may be smaller than the males.
Head and neck
Broad medium wedge with rounded contours, slightly longer than it is wide with
high cheek bones. The head should be rather small in proportion to the body but
not taken to extremes. The profile has a gentle curve from the forehead to the
bridge of the nose. The line of the bridge of the nose extends to the nose
leather making a very slight concave curve. The nose is large and broad with a
slightly puffed nose leather. The muzzle should be full and broad with a
rounded, strong chin and pronounced whisker pads created by the widely set
canine teeth. The neck should be thick, muscular and in proportion to the body.
Allowance should be made for jowls in adult males.
Medium to small, rather short with a wide base and rounded tips. Set as much on the side as on the top of the head,
following the contour of the face in the front view and pointing forward in profile. Light horizontal furnishings are
acceptable, but ear tufts are undesirable.
Almost round, oval preferred, large but not bold. Set on a slight slant toward
the base of the ear.
Long, sleek and muscular. Large to medium and robust with the hindquarters slightly higher than the shoulders, showing
depth of flank.
Legs and Paws
Legs of medium length, strong and muscular. The hind legs should be a little longer than the front and be more robust.
The paws should be large and rounded.
Medium length, thick and even, with a rounded tip; may be tapered towards the end.
Short to medium in length, very dense, luxurious and unusually soft to the touch. Allowance should be made for a
slightly longer coat in kittens.
Brown (Black) Marbled Bengal Pattern Description
Marbled Pattern - The spectacles which encircle the eyes should
preferably extend into vertical streaks which may be outlined by an "M" marking
on the forehead. Broken streaks run over the head on either side of a complex
scarab marking, down the neck and onto the shoulders. Strong, bold chinstrap,
mascaras markings, distinct broken or unbroken necklet(s) and blotchy horizontal
shoulder streaks are desirable. There should be a distinct pattern with swirled
patches or streaks, clearly defined but not symmetrical, giving the impression
of marble, preferably with a horizontal flow. Contrast must be extreme with
distinct shapes and sharp outlines. The stomach must be spotted (except in
Blue-Eyed Snow kittens). The legs may show broken horizontal lines and/or spots.
The tail may be ringed, marbled and/or spotted along its length, with a solid
dark-coloured tip. The marbled markings should have as little similarity to the
classic tabby as possible. A vertical striped mackerel tabby tendency is also
Colour Description for Brown (Black) Marbled Bengals
Brown Tabby - All variations are allowed in Bengals but a high degree of
rufous colour yielding a yellow, buff, golden or orange ground colour is
preferred. Markings may be black or various shades of brown. There may be a
light coloured "thumb print" on the back of each ear. A very pale colour,
preferably white, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and chin and may
extend onto the chest, underside and inner legs. Alternatively, the chest,
underside and inner legs may be pale in contrast to the ground colour of the
flanks and back. White or very light coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are
desirable. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and
the centre of the nose leather should be brick red. Paw pads and tail tip must
be black. The overall appearance should be of gold dusting. A grey base coat
should not be penalised.
Eye Colour - Gold, green or hazel, deep shades preferred.
SCALE OF POINTS
Head and Neck 15
Eye Shape and Colour 5
Legs and Paws 10
Coat Texture 10
Coat Colour 10
Pattern and Contrast 20
Withhold all awards for: Aggressive behaviour
Withhold Certificates and First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:
Long, rough or coarse coat
Distinctly ticked coat
Tail tip not the required colour
Stomach not spotted (Except in Blue-Eyed Snow kittens)
Incorrect paw pad colour
Oriental head type, e.g. straight profile, large flared ears
Cobby or Abyssinian, Burmese or Oriental body type
White patches or spots other than those referred to in the colour descriptions.
Any other defects as listed in the preface to the GCCF SOP booklet
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