The club has existed for many years to promote and develop the Bengal breed in the UK and has always maintained a strong presence in the cat fancy with a large active membership of both breeders and pet owners.
We hope this website will inform, educate and entertain anyone looking for information on Bengal Cats and the work of the club.
The metoric rise in popularity of the Bengal in the UK and worldwide has been phenomenal and many rumours and myths have grown up around the breed.
In truth, the Bengal is a cat bred for stunning exotic wild coats to mimic the look of wild cats, yet with the temperament and needs of a normal domestic cat and is now one of the most popular and sought after breeds in the UK. Enjoy the website!
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Bengal Cat Basics.
About Bengal Cats
Bengal cats are a unique breed of domestic cats that originated from hybridizing domestic cats with the Asian leopard cat, a small wild cat native to Southeast Asia. Bengals have a distinct wild appearance with large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and they are often compared to miniature leopards.
Here are some key points about Bengal cats:
Appearance: Bengal cats are medium to large in size, muscular, and have a robust and sturdy body structure. They have a broad head with prominent cheekbones, large, oval eyes that can be blue, green, or gold, and a thick tail that usually has rings of dark color towards the tip. One of their most distinctive features is their coat, which can be spotted or marbled, with colors ranging from brown, silver, black, and even blue.
Temperament: Bengals are known for their high energy levels and intelligence. They are playful, active, and require plenty of stimulation. They enjoy interactive games and may be more inclined than other cats to enjoy water play. Bengals are also known for their vocalization, often communicating with their owners through a variety of sounds.
Health: While Bengals are generally healthy, they are predisposed to certain genetic conditions, such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which affects the eyes, and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition. Responsible breeders will screen for these issues to prevent them in their breeding programs.
Care: Because of their active and playful nature, Bengal cats require a lot of physical and mental stimulation. This could involve toys, puzzles, high perches, and interaction with their owners. They should also be fed a balanced and high-quality diet. Regular vet check-ups are important to ensure their ongoing health.
Lifespan: The lifespan of a Bengal cat is typically around 10-16 years, but this can vary depending on factors like diet, healthcare, and genetics.
Overall, Bengal cats make wonderful pets for those who can cater to their active and inquisitive nature. They are beautiful, friendly, and intelligent cats that can bring a lot of joy and companionship.
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