Big & Beautiful: Bengal
Walk on the Wild Side
Average weight: 7-13 lbs
Average height: 11”-13” from shoulder to toe
The Bengal is a relatively new hybrid breed of cat, formed by the cross of a domestic feline and an Asian Leopard Cat. Bengal cats have “Cheetah-looking” markings, such as large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly. They have a sleek skeletal structure reminiscent of the Asian Leopard cat. However, their “wild” appearance is combined with a gentle domestic cat temperament.
In fact, these unique cats seem to have retained the best features from both their wild and domestic ancestors. This has resulted in pets with enormous personality, who are interested in everything around them, and who love engaging in a lot of one-on-one with their human companions.
Like their wild forbearers, they still show a great love for climbing trees and are quite adept at it, rarely needing assistance getting down. Many of these feline athletes also love a good romp in the water, something many domestic cats definitely do not appreciate. They seem more willing than other breeds to accept change, making them ideal for travel mates.
The Bengal’s vocalizations are also quite interesting. Not only can they growl and yowl as most cats do, Bengals can also make a sort of chirping noise (reminiscent of their wild cheetah cousins), and they use all of these sounds to try to communicate their wants and needs to their humans.