The Bengal cat is a hybrid breed, result from crossing an Asian leopard cat and a domestic one. In first generations they used to have a wild look, though now they have a gentler look, closer to their domestic ancestors. Their main characteristic is their large spots, leopard-style. They are usually brown spotted or snow spotted, marble or spotted.
The Bengal cats are rather large-sized cats with muscular bodies. They have broad head, round and wide eyes with a characteristic marking around them, like an eye-liner. Their back legs are slightly longer than the front ones.
There are short and lately long haired Bengal cats. Their coat is soft with a beautiful athletic and delicate body. They have got a lot of characteristics from their ancestors, the Asian leopard cats, among them the hunting skills, not only on land but also in water. They are excellent swimmers and do not be surprised if sometime, being in playful mood, they join you in water and swim and play with you.
They are affectionate, highly energetic cats and you need to keep them busy with lots of toys or things to occupy their time. They get along well with children as well, as soon as they are treated with respect. Then, they can be really good company to your kids, because they share the same energy like them and both love playing. Due to their continuous active nature, they may cause some damages at home, because they like to jump and investigate the area. Thus, you should keep some important things for you out of their reach.
In general Bengal cat is a healthy breed, though last years a disease seems to affect the breed, like a genetic disorder, that can lead to blindness.
They require the usual cats’ care like little brushing and more if you own a short haired one, teeth brushing, ears’ cleaning and nails trimming, if you manage to train them since kittens. Otherwise you must trust their care to a veterinarian. Of course do not forget their vaccination.
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