Bengal Cat Secret Colors and Patterns that Nobody Knows
Bengal Cat Secret Colors and Patterns. Bengal cats are a dream for many. They are not only beautiful, but they are also domestic cats with a look that imitates big cats found in the wild.
All domestic cats, purebred or not, come in a variety of colors and patterns. Popular spotty and golden leopard colors are not the only recognized color and pattern for Bengal.
The Bengal cats are larger than the smaller, homely versions of the larger jungle cousins. Within the Bengal breed, there is a wide range of colors, shades, and patterns.
Depending on the genetic background of both parents, kittens, in the same litter, can be very different from each other. Fortunately, the study of the feline genome made it possible to control the color, color, and structure of cats, which need to be studied and identified using DNA tests.
Genetic testing allows breeders to predict possible outcomes of an upcoming litter.
Strictly speaking, there are only three primary colors inherent in the breed:
brown (gold), silver and three colors of snow (Snowy Links, Snowy Sepia, and Snowy Mink). In each color category, there are two recognized pattern types: Spotted and Marble.
With so many variations of colors in the Bengal cat, you may not know where to start picking up the cat of your dreams. That is why we have compiled this illustrated guide on the colors of the Bengal cat.
With this guide, you will know exactly what you are looking for when choosing your own dream. Or you can determine the type of color already living in your cat.
Bengal Cat patterns
So let's go. Before we look at the colors of the Bengal cat, the first thing you need to know about Bengal cats is that there are 2 patterns of wool:
But do not let these two patterns of wool deceive you: there are unique varieties of each type of pattern and many colors of the Bengal cat, which we get in an instant.
1- Spotted color
The spotted color of the Bengal cat is the most popular color. If you saw a Bengal cat, then most likely you saw her just in spotted form.
Brown spotted tabby was recognized in the Championship Status (TICA) in 1991.
Spotted Bengals have a characteristic, small and medium spots along the entire length of the body. Large, random, two-color sockets are especially appreciated. Such a color in domestic cats looks like a mini-leopard.
This style appeared when the breeders considered that larger and less common spots were more desirable. The original spotted tabby pattern found in domestic cats was modified by selective breeding.
Wool is covered with random, diagonal or horizontally aligned spots on the body, abdomen, and legs. Large dark spots on a light background are usually preferable.
Of course, there are variations in the spotted color, and one Bengal cat can have many different types of spots.
Spots monochrome, monochrome. These are just solid spots spattered with droplets on a contrasting background, just like wild cats, such as Cheetahs or hybrid spotted cats (Ocicat, Egyptian Mau, spotted shorthair cat).
Bengalis with a single spot are allowed to participate in exhibitions, but they are not preferred. Some breeders believe that they should not be allowed to compete.
The most popular spotted color for the Bengal cat is the "Rose Bengal". The spots are called rosettes when the spots are two-tone contrasting colors that are different from the background color. Bengal cat - the only domestic cat with rosettes!
Rosettes in the Bengal breed appeared in the early 2000s when some breeders bred shadow spots with darker spots. Rosette quickly developed.
When you see the evolution of the breed over the years, it is surprising to recognize the progress made by some breeders with a rosette in just a few decades.
The 3 most important outlet types:
- Arrow (head)
- Paw print (Paw-print)
- Donut (Donut)
The arrows can be solid and monochrome in the same spotted group, or they can be painted in different colors that fade closer to the background.
Well-defined arrowheads are rare and popular among Bengal cat owners and breeders.
The socket with an arrow is not the most common, but it is probably the easiest type of outlet to identify. Rosette arrows have a triangle shape, similar to the tip of an arrow or a drop, with all the ends pointing to the back of the cat.
Asian leopard cats have many different color types, but the arrow pattern is one of the most visually impressive. Swept spots - excellent camouflage in the muted light of the forest habitat. With such wool, a cat that stands motionless in the trees or in fallen leaves is very difficult to notice.
The Bengal cat breed standard requires that the spots be horizontally aligned instead of the vertically aligned spots of the classic tabby. Swept spots on wool give them the appearance of an illusory motion or motion blur.
Donut sockets (Donut)
Donut sockets are spots that are darker than the main background, outlined by an even darker outline.
Rosette donut got its name from the almost complete dark contour around the light colored center.
It took years of selective breeding to create donut-shaped rosettes, but now they are one of the most popular rosettes.
Fingerprint Outlets (Paw-print)
Sockets with a paw print are shaded spots that are open on one side with smaller and darker spots on the edge. Such a socket is never completely closed by a dark outline.
Rosettes-prints have received such a name because they often look like small paw prints going through the cat's body.
Smoky sockets - large, full sockets that seem to fit together like a puzzle with a small gap between them.
Chain sockets are a connected row of donut sockets connected horizontally and running parallel on both sides of the cat's spine.
The chain outlet can also be seen on wild cats such as the Ocelots.
Clusters of rosettes are small spots that form clusters around a central color.
2- Marble color
The model of marble color is formed from "liquid" spotty strips, circling in a vortex. A perfect Bengal marble cat has a horizontally flowing, random, asymmetrical structure consisting of twists of two or more colors.
Marble Bengal cat has four official types:
- reduced horizontal flow,
- horizontal flow,
- chaotic pattern,
- and sheet marble patterns.
In 1987, Jean Mill (Millwood kennel) released the first Bengal kitten in marble - a cat named Millwood Painted Desert:
She was an impressive little female with a strange, soft, creamy color and a strange pattern, similar to frozen caramel. On the In, cats show in Madison Square Garden, and across the country, she was a sensation!
In his first Bengali breed standard, Jean Mill was not going to include anything other than stains. But Painted Desert was an instant success for both judges and the public, and therefore marble was included in the register of the Bengal breed.
The descendants of these early marble Bengalis contributed to the description of the gene and horizontal flow that produced the first rosette spots in the 2000s.
In 1993, the marble color of the Bengal breed was included in the championship status of TICA.
Bonus: Marble stain or Sparble (Sparbl)
Do you think that the spotty and marble patterns never met?
Look at the color where the spots and marble merge. "Sparbling" is actually not an official color, but in the breeder's dictionary, it is used to describe Bengals, which have both sockets and marble markings.
Sparble is considered the spotted color of the Bengal cat, and not marble.
Now that we have looked at the various patterns that Bengal cats have, let's look at the colors of the Bengal cat.
Like other breeds of cats, Bengals come in different colors. There are about 6 Bengal cat flowers, divided into standard and non-standard by the International Cat Association (TICA).
Standard colors of Bengal:
- brown (gold)
- coal (charcoal)
- melanistic (black)
Yes, these are the standard colors of cats. But, of course, the complex beauty of the Bengal cat is not only 6 color options. Not. In Bengali breed colors and shades are much more. But, regardless of color, the pattern on the Bengal cat should give a high degree of contrast.
Brown (golden) Bengal cat
The brown (or golden) Bengal cat (color C, C genes) is the most popular of the Bengal cats, and she was the first cat that was recognized by TICA in 1983.
Traditional brown Bengals have green or golden eyes.
The background color can vary from a grey-brown tone to a bright orange-gold tone.
The color of stains, rosettes or marbles can vary from black/light brown to darker or reddish brown.
If you have a brown fluffy friend, you probably know that brown comes in different shades, such as golden, cream, dance, honey, taupe, dance, beige, caramel, cinnamon.
All shades of brown are allowed, but orange-brown is preferable for the main background color of the coat.
As you can see, almost all shades of brown are available for Bengali.
Now, if you look at the brown (gold) Bengal, you will notice the following characteristics:
- Brown tail with a black tip
- Pink nose
- Brown, copper, gold, green or brown eyes
- White belly is preferable
Gorgeous creatures, right?
Snow Bengal cat
Looking for a mini Barça? Then this is the cat you are looking for.
Unlike the name, they are not completely white Bengal cats.
In fact, the “Snowy Bengal” color comes in 3 genetically different colors (and names):
- Snow Sepia
- Snow Lynx
- Snow Mink
It can be difficult to tell the difference between these three colors. A genetic test is always the best method for differentiating 3 snow Bengals. Alternatively, the color of the eyes can help determine the color of the Bengal snow.
Snow Lynx (genes of color Cs, Cs) has:
- Very light white cream color
- Dark or light markings
- Dark tail tip
- Blue eyes. Is always.
Snow Mink (genes in color Cb, Cs) has:
- Ivory, cream, light tan
- Different labeling shades from light beige to dark beige or coffee
- Dark tip of a tail
- Green-blue or Aquamarine eyes
Snow Sepia (genes in color Cb, Cb) has:
- Ivory, cream, light tan
- Different labeling shades from light coffee to dark
- Dark tail tip
- Green or golden eyes
Not so bad, right? Now it’s not too difficult to determine which color of Bengal you need?
Silver Bengal cat
Silver (I, I inhibitory genes) is more a lack of color. This gene blocks any warm colors and gives an almost white background that contrasts with bright dark markings.
Silver color was added to the TICA championship in 2004 for the Bengal breed.
The Silver Bengal cats come in different shades with backgrounds ranging from white to very dark, steel-colored.
A Silver can also be found in any other color combination: Silver Snow, Coal on Silver, Blue Silver, etc.
Silver Bengal has:
- As little as possible of yellow and brown in color
- Marking from dark grey to black
- Blacktail tip
- Brick red nose
- Green or golden eyes
It should be easy to determine which cats are silver!
Coal (Charcoal) Bengal cat
Coal Bengal (genes of color Apb, a or Apb, Apb) is darker than traditional recognized Bengali colors. The black smoky color of charcoal was particularly noticeable in the early generations of the F1 and F2 Bengals.
The charcoal trait is inherited regardless of color, and can be manifested in each color class: brown, silver, snow (links charcoal, mink charcoal, sepia charcoal) and even in blue.
Coal Bengals have a dark gray or coal background with a small (not red) and very dark-spotted or marble pattern.
Charcoal may also have a darker mask on the face and a thick strip usually called the “Zorro mask”. The mask resembles an inverted letter "Y".
The mask at the Bengal Charcoal can be very dark, and ultimately match the color of the black markings of the body.
The tail is dark brown/black or greyish black with stripes and a black tip.
Blue Bengal cat
The blue color (d, d diluted genes) is very rare, but some breeders are working hard to try to promote the blue Bengals to championship status.
Blue Bengal cats have a blue-grey color with cream tones. The spotted or marbled pattern is dark blue or metallic grey.
Since this is a regenerating gene, both parents must wear blue to produce a blue Bengal cat.
Blue Bengals also have:
- Steel blue background color
- Blue marking that will never turn black
- Dark gray tail
- Golden, green or brown eyes
Black (Melanistic) Bengal Cat
Black Bengals (genes a and a) have black patterns on a black background that remind us of the melanistic color variation of leopards and Jaguars: black panther.
The colors of the background and pattern are the same for Bengal Melanistic. Their patterns are called “ghostly markings” or “ghostly spots” because they are barely noticeable. But you can still see the pattern in daylight, like a black panther.
Black Bengals are rare and less popular among breeders, as these color variations are not approved by associations.
As for stains, they can be faint from dark brown to black and sometimes they can be seen only in natural sunlight.
Smoky Bengal is a silver variation of melanistic.
If you are looking for a black mini panther, this Bengal color will be your best choice!
Bengal Cat Bonus Specs
Wow This is a lot of information! Have you mastered all this?
And we have not finished yet!
To complete today's lesson, we will look at the features that Bengal cats may have.
Do you want a magic cat? Glitter is your golden ticket - literally.
Bengals are the first domestic cat that has glitter. But not all Bengal glittery!
You can see the glitter shimmering, sparkling effect on your cat's fur. Even in low light, you can see the glitter on Bengal.
But what is this glitter shine?
"Glitter" is a translucent hollow hair shaft that captures and reflects light. He is present on your cat's entire coat.
This is really a beautiful and wonderful sight. Who knew that cats could be even more magical?
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