The International Cat Association (TICA) Bengal Standard
WHAT IS THE BENGAL STANDARD?
A shortened version of wedge shape with a rounded outlines
Slightly smaller in proportion to body. The skull behind the ears makes a gentle curve and flows into the neck.
Medium to small, relatively short, with a wide base and rounded tops. Set as much on side as top of head.
Oval, almost round. Large, but not bugged. Set wide apart and on slight bias toward base of ear. This is opposed to almond shaped, hooded and small beady eyes.
Eye color independent of coat color except in the lynx points in which they should be blue.
The more vibrant the color the better!
NOTE: browns, silvers, minks, and sepias cannot have blue eyes
Strong chin, aligns with tip of nose in profile
Full and broad, with large, prominent whisker pads
Large and wide; slightly puffed nose leather (skin surface of the nose).
Curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of the nose with no break. Bridge of nose extends to the nose tip, making a slight, to nearly straight, concave curve.
Long, substantial, muscular; in proportion to the head and body
Long and substantial. Medium to large (but not quite as large as the largest domestic breed).
Medium length, slightly longer in the back than in the front
Large, round, with prominent knuckles
Medium length, thick, tapered at end with rounded tip.
Sturdy, firm; never delicate.
Very muscular, especially in the males.
All variants of brown are allowed with brown to black colored markings. White base colors on the whisker pads, chins, chest, belly and inner legs.
Seal Lynx Point/Seal Mink/Seal Sepia (Color points)
All variants of cream and tan with dark brown/tan colored markings. These markings should be of little difference from the point color (points are nose, ears, tail etc.)
A silver/pewter base color with preference to dark dense black markings. The coloring should be free of yellow/brown/red tones (tarnish).
These cats have higher concentrations of black (melanin) pigment. They typically have a solid black thick strip down the back (cape). The face is generally black with white spectacles around the eyes (mask).
Brown charcoals will have a base color of brown
Silver charcoals will have a base color of silver/pewter
Seal Lynx/Mink/Sepia charcoals will have a base color of creamy white
Dense and luxurious, close‐lying, unusually soft and silky to the touch.
Spots shall be random or aligned horizontally.
Rosettes should be two distinct colors or shades (the outline should be a different color than the inside of the rosette which can be a different color than the base color).
Contrast with base color must be extreme, giving distinct pattern and sharp edges.
Strong, bold chin strap and mascara (streaks on the “cheeks”) markings desirable
Blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks, spotted legs and spotted or rosetted tail are desirable.
Belly must be spotted.
Markings, while derived from the classic tabby gene, should be uniquely different with as little "bull's‐eye" similarity as possible. Rather it should be random with horizontal flow. Belly must be patterned. Little resemblance to a tabby cat is desirable.
Preference should be given to cats with three or more shades; i.e., base color, markings, and dark outlining of those markings.
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