About the Bengal
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The Bengal Cat is a hybrid breed of domestic cat developed by selective breeding and interspecific breeding to evoke the feline denizens of the jungle such as leopards, ocelots, margays and clouded leopards. Bengal Cats were developed by the selective breeding of domestic cats with the Asian leopard cat (ALC), Prionailurus bengalensis, with the goal of creating a confident, healthy and friendly cat with a highly contrasted and vividly marked coat.
The name "Bengal cat" was derived from the taxonomic name of the Asian leopard cat (P. b. bengalensis). They have a "wild" appearance with large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the ALC. Once separated by at least four generations from the original ALC x domestic cat crossing, the breed possesses a gentle domestic cat temperament.
Bengal cats are generally a bright orange or light brown colour, although pale or off-white 'snow' Bengals also exist, and are popular among owners.