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Bengal Breed Standard:  SACC

  The Southern Africa Cat Council

The Bengal should be alert, friendly and affectionate with a dependable temperament.  The luxurious coat is a distinct feature of the breed.  The overall look of the head should be as distinctly different from the domestic cat as possible.  Bengals take at least two years to mature.

Head A broad medium wedge, with rounded contours; longer than it is wide, with high cheekbones. Rather small in proportion to the body, but not taken to extremes. The curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of the nose with no break. The line of the bridge extends to the nose tip, making a very slight to nearly straight concave curve. The nose is large and broad. The muzzle should be full and broad with a strong chin and large, pronounced whisker pads.
Ears Medium to small in size; the smaller ear preferred; wide at base with rounded tips; set as much on the side as on the top of the head. The ears follow the contour of the face in the front view and tilt forward in profile. Inner ear may be slightly tufted.
Eyes Oval, almost round, large but not bold. Set wide apart and with a slight slant towards the base of the ear.
Neck Long, substantial, muscular and in proportion to head and body.
Body Medium to large in size. Long and substantial. Neither oriental nor foreign. Very muscular in mature males. Allowances to be made for females being less muscular and smaller.
Legs Medium length, strong and muscular. Hind legs are a little longer than the front legs.
Paws Rounded.
Tail Medium length, thick with a rounded tip.
Coat Short to medium in length; very dense, luxurious and unusually soft to the touch. Coat may be glittered or not glittered with neither type to be given preference.

 Head and ears15
 Eyes shape, set and colour5
 Body, legs tail and paws30
 Coat Colour and texture25


Long, rough or coarse coat.
Whippy tail.
Barely visible pattern.
Belly not spotted.
Tail tip not dark.
Penalise mackerel tabby pattern on spotted cats.
Any distinct locket anywhere on the body.
Any defects listed in Relevant to All Breeds Section.


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