The Asian Leopard Cat (Felis Bengalensis) is widespread over Southern Asia and is the same size as a domestic cat, has stunning leopard markings, puffy whisker pads and large nocturnal eyes, looking just like a miniature Leopard.
The Bengal’s spotting comes in several different forms from arrow-heads to paw-print rosettes with a lighter colour surrounded by a darker outline.
The Bengal is the only domestic cat that can have rosettes like the markings in Leopards, Ocelots and Jaguars.
The other recognized Bengal pattern is the clouded leopard look of the Marble Bengal. The marble pattern was created from a combination of the classic tabby pattern in the domestic cats used in the make up of the breed and the Asian Leopard genes. A quality Marble has a combination of swirls, rosettes and dots flowing in a horizontal fashion, or stain glass window effect, that is unlike any pattern ever seen on a domestic cat before.
There are many colour variations in the Bengal but the three breed accepted colours are brown, silver and snow.