The Busy Bengal
The Bengals ‘wild cat' appearance was originally created by crossing the Asian Leopard Cat with the domestic cat.
People far and wide are fast falling in love with this breed, which is rapidly gaining in popularity not only due to its looks, but due to its trademark personality traits.
The Bengal however, is not a breed for the inexperienced or faint hearted so it is a case of doing your homework before purchase... and be prepared to spend at least $950 on a kitten!
The Bengal has a stalking gait due to the fact its hind legs are slightly longer than the front. It has a sleek, muscular body, oval eyes, a broad nose, strong chin and a wedge shaped head. There are a variety of colours with the most common being brown, seal-lynx point, mink and silver. They are striking to look at, with their markings of large spots and rosettes with a light coloured or white belly. They typically also have "mascara striping" around the eyes and on their forelegs.
The breed is extremely active, agile and intelligent. They are known to study the actions of their owners and learn how to open cabinets, doors and windows. They demand a lot of attention and need experienced owners who have time and energy to devote to them, as you would a high energy dog. They are easy to train and consequently love to play long games of fetch, will respond to commands and walk on leashes. A warning to would-be-owners is if you don't channel their energy they may use it against you (and your furniture)!
Their Leopard origins mean they love water - it is a real treat for play time in the bath or a paddling pool outside. They are quite talkative and are capable of making a wide range of vocalisations from chirps and chortles to squeaks and howls and some will growl when they eat.