Bengal Colors and Patterns
Bengal cats have "wild-looking" markings, such as large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the Leopard Cat. The Bengal's rosettes or spots occur only on the back and sides, with stripes elsewhere. The breed also features "mascara" (horizontal striping alongside the eyes), and foreleg striping.
The Bengal cat is usually either classed as a brown-spotted or snow-spotted (although there are more colors, brown and snow are the only colors of Bengal that the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) recognizes for show. Within brown Bengals, there are either marble or spotted markings. Snow Bengals are also either marble or spotted but are also divided into blue-eyed or AOC (Any Other Color) eyes.
The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes several Bengal colors (brown, seal lynx point, mink, sepia, silver) and patterns (spotted and marbled) for competition. In the New Traits class, other colors may be shown, as well as longhairs.
Bengals are medium size and muscular cats. Some lucky Bengals carry the glitter gene, which makes them shimmer as if they were rubbed down with gold or platinum dust. Bengals should retain the look of the wild but with the temperament of a well balanced domestic cat.
Below are some of the most popular Bengal colors:
Brown Spotted Tabby- includes leopard spotted or rosetted, black or dark brown spots and rosettes on beige, tan, or reddish background
Seal Lynx- snow Bengal, blue eyes, have the lightest color, pattern brownish grey to tan or buff
Seal Mink- snow Bengal, aqua or green eyes, pattern is seal mink to dark seal mink
Seal Sepia- snow Bengal, green or gold eyes, pattern is seal brown to dark seal brown
Silver Spotted- black spotted on light silver or grey background, minimal tarnish(red-gold hues often seen on face and feet), with medium silver centers to the rosettes
The marbled pattern occurs nowhere else in nature, while called a Brown Marbled, look for the tricolor marbled kitten. Patterns should be symmetrical on both sides of the body and the pattern should swirl and flow around the body, like the colors in a glass marble. Marbled Bengals also come in all three snow variations, the Seal Sepia, the Seal Mink, and the Seal Lynx Point.
All Bengals except the Seal Lynx Point Snow must have a black tipped tail and black paw pads. The Seal Lynx Point has a bitter chocolate colored tail tip and can have a rose tinted nose and paw pads.
Marbled kittens start with blackish grey coats with small streaks of lighter colored fur scattered about their coat.
The Blue and the Silver both come in Spotted or Marbled patterns.
Regardless of colors and patterns, all Bengals should display the same conformation which is reminiscent of their ancestor the truly beautiful Asian Leopard Cat.