Bengals are extremely intelligent cats who form strong bonds with their owners. They love to interact with their humans and are always found at the center of any family activity. The Bengal's activity level is high, even more so as kittens. They love to play, run, and leap. They are great climbers and jumpers and very much appreciate a store bought or home made "cat tree" play center to climb on. This is not only fun for them but will provide you with hours of entertainment as well! They could at times be described as mischievous. Bengals are not a cat to be ignored. They sometimes demand a lot of attention, but they will always keep you entertained with their antics. They are are extremely affectionate, often described as having a "dog like" personality. They are easily trained because of their high intelligence level. Bengals can be trained to do any trick that a dog can do! Don't believe it??? Just go to our Bengal Videos page and watch!!! It's not difficult to train them to walk on a leash and many owners take them out on a leash for walks. Most Bengals will fetch without any training at all.
Many Bengals have a love of water and love to play in it or with it. They may scoop their water dishes with their paws, play in puddles, paw at a running sink, or follow their owners into the shower or bath tub. Bengals make fun, affectionate, wonderful pets and are great with children, dogs, and even other pets such as ferrets. My girls would put Bella in a tiny shopping cart just days after we got her and push her around the living room and she would stay in the cart for up to thirty minutes before she jumped out for a break! Then she would get put right back in and they would start pushing her around again. She absolutely enjoyed it! I'd never seen a cat literally "play" with my girls!
After three generations from the original crossing, the breed acquires a gentle domestic cat temperament. However, for the typical pet owner, a Bengal cat kept as a pet should be at least four generations (F4) removed from the Leopard Cat. The so-called "foundation cats" from the first three filial generations of breeding (F1–F3) are usually reserved for breeding purposes or the specialty pet home environment. It's very irresponsible for breeders to sell F1-F4 Bengals without warning the buyers that these cats are for *experienced* cat owners and can potentially have bad litter box habits. For more info on foundation Bengals click this link: Foundation Bengal Info
I have found that all my Bengal cats have been more affectionate and personable than a regular house cat or any other breed of cat.