Did you know that there are actually two types of Bengal cats? Probably the owners of a Bengal cat would know this, but for anyone who haven’t heard about different Bengal cats with different coat patterns, can read more in this article.
In general, all cats have a different unique pattern, regardless of their breed. However, the type of the pattern for each cat breed is different. In Bengal cats there are two divisions of their coat pattern – spotted/rosetted and marble pattern. What is important for both types of patterns is that the markings should be very clear and sharp appearing with strong contrast with the base color of the coat.
There are four major types of rosette patterns – arrow, pawprint, donut and cloud – in add
ition to single spots. Another combination of patterns is the so-called “chaining” where the cat has a connected raw of donut rosettes running parallel to the cat’s spine on each side. Rosettes are actually two-toned spot markings.
Marbled Bengal cats
The first marbled Bengal cat appeared in 1987, and the cats with this pattern are often known as Tabby – the ticked fur of the cats alternates with solid color fur in pattern, which is called “tabbying”. Here also there are four major types of marble patterns: horizontal flowing marble, reduced pattern horizontal flowing marble, chaos pattern marble, closed pattern or “sheet” marble.
Different color of Bengal cats
Not only that they have a different pattern, Bengal cats come in different colors as well. The most popular are the Gold body color – these cats are most similar to the Bengal tigers. All these cats with gold color can have any of the aforementioned patterns. Then, there are the Bengals with Beige body color, light rust or “sorrel” body color with dark rust markings and tawny – grey beige to grey – ground color.
The marbled Bengals can come in all the same colors like the spotted ones and they are all “brown or ebony” marbles.
Brown or Ebony Bengals
Brown or ebony Bengals are most common color of Bengals which can come in all patterns – spotted, rosetted or marble. There is a great variation in the range of coat colors of this type of Bengals – some can be steel grey with black markings and others bright beige with rust markings. All shades of Brown Bengals have black tail tips.
There is one type of Bengal cats which is called “Snows” – it comes in 3 slightly different colors: Seal lynx point, seal mink and seal sepia. Often is very hard to find the difference between seal mink and seal sepia in person or in pictures.
- Seal lynx point – these cats have a light cream ground color, dark chocolate markings and slightly darker legs, tails and ears, and all of them must have blue eyes.
- Seal Sepia – cream/tan background and very dark bitter chocolate markings, with green eyes.
- Seal Mink – a genetic blend of the above two colors – a cream background with warmer brown markings and blue-green or aqua blue eyes.
If you want to read more about Bengal cats and their diet, read our article Never feed your Bengal cat with this food! This is what Bengals eat.