Bengal Breed Standard: GCCF |
|AOC-Eyed Snow Spotted Bengal Standard of Points Breed
Number 76a 30
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.
AOC-Eyed Snow Bengal Spotted Tabby Pattern Description
Spotted 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 or spots run over the head on either side of a complex
scarab marking, down the neck and onto the shoulders where they may break up
into rosettes. Rosettes are formed by a part circle of spots around a distinctly
lighter centre. Strong, bold chin strap, mascara markings, distinct broken or
unbroken necklet(s) and blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks or spots are
desirable. Spots may vary in size or shape but should be generally large, well
formed and distributed at random, or in horizontal alignment. Contrast with the
ground colour must be extreme, giving a distinct pattern and a sharp outline to
the spots. Arrowhead-shaped spots are desirable. Larger spots may be rosetted.
This is preferable to single spotting but is not essential. The stomach must be
spotted. The legs may show broken horizontal lines and/or spots. The tail should
have rings, streaks and/or spots along its length, with a solid dark coloured
tip. Spots should not run together vertically forming a mackerel tabby pattern.
Colour Description for AOC-Eyed Snow Spotted Bengals
(Burmese/Tonkinese restriction of coat colour) The ground colour should
be ivory to tan, with the pattern clearly visible. The pattern may be charcoal
or shades of brown with light coloured spectacles, whisker pads and chin. There
may be a light coloured "thumb print" on the back of each ear. 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 should be dark brown with rosy undertones.
The tail tip must be dark brown or charcoal. The overall appearance should be of
Eye Colour - Gold, green or blue-green.
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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