COLORS, MARKINGS & White Underbody
THE BROWN SPOTTED (Leopard) BENGAL
The traditional color of the Bengal is that of the leopard, black spots upon gold or brown background. The intensity and colors of the “leopard spotted” Bengals can vary considerably. The spots may go from deep brown, to jet black. They may be rosetted or spotted. The base background can vary from gold to orange known as a rufous color. It can vary from strong yellowish pink to moderate orange, which is actually part of the leopard or Brown Spotted division. Sorrels have brown spots on an orange background. Bengal spots should be horizontal with little to no vertical. The quality of the individual Bengal is determined to a large degree by the richness of color and the pattern of the markings.
Leopard and sorrel colored kittens go through
many stages before they develop their true color. Often they do not
develop their true color until maturity at which time the color darkens.
Kittens go thrugh the fuzzies which occur about 10-12 weeks.
A detailed description of the fuzzies can be found below.
The Awesome Silver, newly recognized in 2004 for Championship titles, they have grey to white background with pewter to jet black markings, and white tummies.
Silvers can be either spotted
with rosettes or be marbled. A high degree of contrast is desirable. The coat should be clear with little to no ‘tarnishing’ or yellowish discoloration on the face, feet, tummy, or spine. Silvers are born with their markings and retain them as the marks darken with maturity.
SNOW LEOPARD BENGAL
Leopards are off-white or ivory with soft golden, grey or brown spots.
They can also known as the Seal Mink as above. Their eyes can be aqua, green or golden in the
mink. Snows are further classified as either seal lynx point,
silver seal lynx point (below pictures), seal mink or sepia, depending on their genes.
Above is a Seal Mink, Below is a Seal Silver Lynx Point that always have blue eyes.
Generally the Mink and Sepia colored snows have more pronounced markings than those of the lynx
spotted tabby or Lynx pointed snow.
The Lynx Tabby or Pointed Snow kittens are born almost solid white. The ghost pattern gradually develops as they mature. At 8 or 10 weeks, the pattern of spots may be very faint.
It may take up to a year for the blue-eyed snow to develop its full colored markings. The mink and sepia snow kittens are born with a very distinct patterns and markings.
Below is the Silver Seal Lynx Spotted Tabby or as some know him,
Lynx Pointed Snow. He has ice blue eyes. There
are Silver Seal Minks with green eyes.
Silver Seal Lynx Points
Seal Silver Lynx Bengal is one of the newest colors in the breed
accepted for championship. The silver inhibitor gene tends to make
the background color clear. They are whiter in color, more rare than
the seal lynx point. Always clear coated, always with blue eyes.
The Silver Seal Lynx Point is not Silver in color, but can produce a
Silver kitten when bred to a Brown Spotted Tabby.
This strikingly, beautiful Bengal is not spotted, but has swirls of color over its body, creating a pattern that appears like tapestry with a spotted underbelly. The pattern may consist of several colors in the brown tabby division, which can be either brown, black, cream, gold or orange. Marbles also come in snow and silver. Horizontal flow to the pattern is preferred for the show ring.
See other marbles on the ALUMNI PAGE
Bengal kittens are born spotted or marbled. Often going through what is called the ‘fuzzy stage’ which occurs between 6-16 weeks. This correlates to the camouflage state of wild cubs. About 4 months, the coats will become soft, silky and have a glaze as the markings will become more definitive.
On occasion, recessive genes produce an off-colored kitten. These may be “blue” (light grey and battleship grey spots), or may even be solid black. These kittens are not meant to be bred or shown, since the colors are not recognized in the breed standard. They do, however, make beautiful pets, with the same exciting and alluring personality of the Bengal.
whited underbody is a preferred quality in the Bengal and is also found in the Asian Leopard cat.
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