The Bengal is a new breed of cat that was developed through the crossing of the domestic cat and the Asian Leopard cat. Because of the latter, Bengal cats tend to have "wild-looking" markings. These can range from spots, to rosettes to a white stomach. The body is quite similar to that of the Asian Leopard cat which is large and heavily muscled. Despite the look and size of the cat, it is usually quite light to pick up. This is a powerful and agile breed that is both recognisable and desirable because of its wild appearance.


This is a very active and energetic breed that needs space and time to run around and exercise. The breed is noted as being very loving and affectionate despite its wild appearance. It tends to attach itself very strongly to its family and is almost protective of them. Like many cats, the Bengal is intelligent, curious and alert. This cat is wary of strangers and will be slow to warm to unfamiliar people or places. With socialization the Bengal cat will bond well with small children and other pets.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 12 pounds (5-6kg)

    Female: 12 pounds (5-6kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    9-13 years is the typical life span.

  • Litter Size

    Their average litter size is usually between 4 and 6 kittens.

  • Grooming

    The coat of the Bengal cat is very easy to take care of and does not tend to matt. Brushing and combing the coat once a week will keep it looking in great condition.

  • Recognition