THE BENGAL BREED

Bengal cats are more than small, domestic versions of their larger cousins from the jungle. There is a wide range of colors, shades, and patterns within the Bengal breed.

Depending on both parent’s genetic backgrounds, kittens within the same litter can be very different from one another. Fortunately, the mapping of the feline genome allowed the genes that control coat, color, and pattern in cats, to be studied and identified with DNA tests. Genetic testing allows breeders to predict the possible outcome of an upcoming litter and can prevent diseases to become an integral part of a breed.

Strictly speaking, there are only three basic breed-accepted colors: Brown, Silver, and the three Snow colors (Seal Lynx, Seal Sepia, and Seal Mink Point). Within each color category, there are two accepted types of patterns: Spotted and Marble.

With so many Bengal cat variations, you may not know where to begin when searching for your dream cat. That’s why we’ve put together this illustrated guide to Bengal cat colors.

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