Breed of the Month: Bengal Cat

It is hard to believe that this breed is domesticated – they look like a wild cat you would come across while on safari or on a jungle adventure. The Bengal was created in the mid-1960’s by Jean S. Mill when she starting a breeding program that was cross-breeding the Asian Leopard Cat and domestic shorthaired cats. Most present-day Bengals are descendants of cats bred by Mill in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

If you are looking for a laid-back lap cat, the Bengal is not the right breed for you. Bengals are “Party Animals” and are very active. They require a lot of attention and if you are not home during the day it is best to get 2 cats so they keep each other company – bored Bengals can become destructive Bengals. It is always a good idea to purchase cat perches or trees because Bengals love heights; the taller the better!

A unique trait of the Bengal is their adoration for water. Don’t be surprised if you find your Bengal playing in your shower or bath or drinking out of the toilet. They have also been reported to teach themselves how to turn on faucets or learn how to use the automatic faucets. Bengals require a lot of mental stimulation. They are extremely intelligent and it is best to keep their minds active. Consider getting them puzzle games or teaching them tricks like how to fetch. If you are looking for a fun loving active cat who will always keep you on your toes, the Bengal may be the right breed for you!


  • Male: 10-15 lbs.
  • Female: 8-12 lbs.
  • Features:
  • Large sized cat
  • Lean and muscular body
  • Back legs slightly longer than front legs
  • Broad, wedge-shaped head
  • Short/medium sized ears
  • Luxurious soft and short coat
  • Spotted (rosettes) or marbled pattern
  • Coat colours include brown, silver and snow
  • Fur shimmers/glitters in the light


  • Tendency to vocalize: Low
  • Affection level: High
  • Child-friendly: High
  • Dog-friendly: High
  • Energy level: High
  • Grooming: Low
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Health issues: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Average Lifespan: 9-16 years

Common Health Problems:

  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis
  • Trichomonas Foetus

Written by Kylie, CCR