Breeding Beautiful Bengals



Colours and Patterns


Large brown to black spots with no horizontal rib barring visible.

Browns can range from a very light honey colour to a rich dark mahogany colour.

Spots can be dense inky black, or can be rosettes where the spot is actually 2 colours with a darker outline and lighter inner spot.

There are numerous varieties of markings and each cat is different to another.

The more pronounced the markings are the more desirable.

Eye colour: Can vary from brilliant  gold to a gorgeous deep green and everything in between.



Eye Colour : Deeper shades preferred and should harmonise with the intensity of coat colour


Eye colour: Deeper shades preferred and should harmonise with the

intensity of coat colour


Eye Colour: Must be blue, deeper shades preferred.

Spotted - As the name suggests the coat is covered in spots.
They must be random, or horizontally aligned.
There must be spots on the torso, tummy and legs.
It is desirable to have rosettes (showing two distinct colours) a little like a donut one colour on the outside and an inner circle with a lighter colour. Also desirable are spots shaped like arrowheads or paws.
None of these are essential in showing your cat/kitten.

Marbled - Horizontal markings, swirls down the side of the cat.
 The pattern should be random and mirror imaging is undesirable.
Vertical striping is undesirable.
Looking over the top of the kitten at a young age a butterfly pattern should be visible across the shoulder blades.
Belly must be patterned.
More About the Coat:

Bengals do not have fur but more of a pelt, this is a lovely soft coat that came from their wild ancestors.
At around seven weeks the kittens will begin to get what is called the fuzzies, this is something else that is passed down from their ancestors providing them with a camouflage in the wild.
The fuzzies is when a kitten begins to grow longer guard hairs which disguise the spots from a front view, but the beautiful markings can still be seen from behind. 
Glitter Coat - Most Bengals are bred with a glitter coat which looks just like someone has got a handful of gold glitter and sprinkled it over.
The glitter gene is said to have come from a foundation cat called "Millwood Tory of Delhi" which Jean Mill found in India.
The same effect appears on snow Bengals looking more like a pearl dust.


General Description

Loved by those who appreciate its inquisitive and loving nature, the Bengal is a medium to large cat renowned for its richly colored, highly contrasted coat of vivid spots or distinctive marbling. Originally developed from crosses between the domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat, the Bengal is the only domestic cat that can have rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots. Today's domestic Bengal cat comes only from breeding Bengals to other Bengals and requires no specialized care. Since their beginnings in 1986, the Bengal's regal beauty and alluring charm have quickly made it one of the most popular breeds. Employing scientific insights and a cooperative spirit, Bengal breeders continue to develop these stunning cats with careful selection for temperament, health and beauty. Bengals participate in TICA shows throughout the world and have a devoted following of happy pet owners who couldn't imagine sharing their lives with anything other than these feline beauties.


Throughout history there are indications of a profound human fascination with the large and small wild felines that inhabit the jungles and forest of the world. In 1963, Jean S. Mill crossed the domestic cat with the Asian Leopard Cat, a spotted five to twelve pound shy wild cat species from Asia. This was the first effort to use hybrid offspring to create a breed of domestic cat with the loving nature of a favored fireside tabby and the striking look associated with Leopards, Ocelots and Jaguars. The modern Bengal breed traces to cats bred by Mrs. Mill beginning in the early 1980's. The breed's name is a reference to the scientific name of the Asian Leopard Cat, Prionailurus bengalensis. The hybrid crosses are registered as Foundation (F1, F2 & F3) Bengals that are not eligible for show and only the females are used for breeding.

Accepted as a new breed in TICA in 1986, Bengals gained championship status in 1991. They are now one of the most frequently exhibited breeds in TICA. An enthusiastic group of breeders around the world have successfully fulfilled the goal of creating a docile, civilized house cat that wears the richly patterned coat of the jungle cats and has some of the arresting features that have inspired and aroused humanity for centuries.


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.

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.


The Bengal is most noted for it luxurious short, soft coat which may appear in either the spotted or marble pattern. Some Bengal's coats feature something called glitter which imparts an iridescent sheen to each hair. The spotted pattern is most associated with the "leopard look" as the coat features clearly discernible spots and rosettes. The Bengal's spots can be large or small and often include rosettes, like the spots of Jaguars and Leopards, which are two- toned spots. Bengals may also be marbled, which is a derivative of the classic or "bull's eye" pattern found in many breeds of cats but with an especially dramatic appearance in Bengals. The marbled Bengal has a swirling pattern that appears as random swirls or thick diagonal and horizontal lines flowing across the coat of the cat.

The most popular color of the Bengal is the brown/black tabby, a lackluster description for coats that can be anywhere from a cool grey to vibrant shades of golden, bronze, copper or mahogany with spots or marbling ranging from rich browns to intense black. Bengals also come in a range of colors associated with a form of albinism, called "snow" by breeders, that indicates Siamese and Burmese ancestry. In these colors the coat appears ivory, cream or light tan with spots or marbling that may range from light brown to dark chocolate and the eye color is blue to aqua. Silver Bengals have grey to nearly white backgrounds with dark grey to black patterns. Also distinctive about the Bengal's coloring is that they may have nearly white undersides and facial markings that still show the tabby pattern.

Bengals are medium to large cats, from 3-8 kilos, with males generally being larger than females. A healthy Bengal is well muscled and has an appearance that depicts its athleticism. Bengals are balanced cats and none of its physical features should appear exaggerated or especially pronounced.

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.

Bengal Article


This is an article I was asked to write and was published on the website.

Chantay Bengals: From the Wild to the Home



Jan Cox has a small home-based Bengal cattery on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

She is a Breeder of Distinction with the International Bengal Cat Society and a registered breeder, exhibitor and Assistant Steward Supervisor with the Governing Council of Cat Fancy Victoria and Australia. (GCCFV).

Jan's breeding program consists of Brown Spotted & Marbled, Seal Lynx Point, Mink & Sepia Spotted & Marbled Bengal cats.

Jan describes the Bengal cat as an even tempered, affectionate, playful pet...

The history of the Bengal is very interesting says Jan, she describes how that the Bengal breed derived its name from the species of its wild ancestor, Felis Bengalensis, the Asian Leopard cat.

The Asian Leopard cat itself is a small, shy wild cat and is not known to be aggressive.

However, in order that the Bengal Cat be considered a domestic feline Jan advises that it must be at least 4 generations removed from their wild ancestors.

Elise and Shakira



The goal of the breeder in developing the domestic Bengal cat breed was to preserve a strong physical resemblance to its beautiful wild ancestor and at the same time be a pleasant and trustworthy companion.

Jan speaks fondly of the Bengal describing them as a medium to large domestic cat size and require a similar amount of care as other breeds, she goes on to say how they have the most amazing coat patterns and markings that you will find on a domesticated cat.

 "They are truly a walking work of art." smiles Jan.

Bengals are very social cats and love to be around people.

They are affectionate and loving, enjoying a cuddle on your lap whenever they get the chance.

They also have a very playful side and with their boundless energy they can be entertained - and entertaining - for hours.

They are water loving cats and are quite often found taking a dip in the bath or shower with their owners.

Kittens are known to play with their water bowls and toys are constantly found floating in them.

CCC of A Ch & Gold Ch Runamok Jumala (honours)




"People with cat allergies are known to own a Bengal, says Jan "they shed minimal fur due to their pelt which is very luxurious and silk-like to feel."

 Jan adds "Bengals are very robust creatures with minimal health concerns."

Jan concludes by adding "Owning a bengal is an experience you will cherish forever.

They are an amazing looking cat with great temperaments and outstanding markings.

They are energetic people oriented cats and love being with you.

If you are fascinated by rare and unique personalities you will undoubtedly enjoy the companionship of a Bengal."

Chantay Bengal Listings