What is a Bengal?
The Bengal Cat is a breed of domestic cat developed by selective breeding to evoke the feline denizens of the jungle such asleopard, ocelots, margays and clouded leopards. Bengal Cats were developed by the selective breeding of domestic cats with hybrids of domestic cats and an Asian leopard cat (ALC), Prionailurus bengalensis, with the goal of creating a confident, healthy and friendly cat with the high contrast 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, but once separated by at least four generations from the original crossing possess a gentle domestic cat temperament
What is the temperament of a bengal?
Bengals are much like your average house cat. They also have distinct personalities according to the individual just like other domestics. Bengals will also, in general, ALWAYS want to be where you are. After all, that's where the action is! And Bengals are all about "The Action". When given the choice of a static toy, and one that does wild, unpredictable things, Bengals will always choose the "wild" one! For individuals or families who enjoy rambunctious, funny, beautiful and dynamic feline companionship, consider the Bengal.
While you can train a Bengal to have "good manners", they are an active, inquisitive cat that loves to be up high. If you don't like a cat to leave the floor, a Bengal is probably not the right cat for you. Bengals are busy by nature. They are very affectionate and can be a "lap cat" whenever THEY want to be, but in general their idea of fun is playing, chasing, climbing and investigating. When a Bengal is in full play mode, it's rather like trying to hold on to running water! They'll often save the cuddle time for when they want to sleep. Many Bengals enjoy water and may join you in brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Some Bengals are vocal while others are more quiet and selective about using their voice.
Do bengals get along with other cats/dog/children?
Bengals tend to like children because they are playful and children like to play with them. As with any cat though you have to be careful about letting very small children play with your bengal unsupervised. Any cat can inflict harm on a small child when frightened or hurt.
Bengals are generally confident, curious and devoted companions. They get along well with other pets when properly introduced and enjoy being part of a family. Each Bengal is an individual and those interested should find out as much as they can about this wonderful breed before adding one to their family.
Purchasing a Bengal kitten is a huge commitment and whether you buy a kitten from us or from another breeder, the decision should not be taken lightly. Bengals are a wonderful addition to your family (we can vouch) our kitties are the rule of our house! And if you are looking for an inquisitive, playful, water loving and wild looking bundle of fun then you could well have found the perfect companion. They love other cats company so we highly recommend having 2 fur babies as part of your home!