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Patterns

The Rosetted/Spotted Bengal Cat

The Bengal cat pattern that we see most often is rosetted or spotted. To differentiate the two, you must look at the spots. A rosette is when a spot has two colors to it.  This could take the shape of an arrowhead, a doughnut, the letter C, a pawprint, or any other shape.  Most Bengal cats have a combination of markings. In the case of the spotted Bengal cat, the spots are easily recognized because they are smaller and only one color, darker than the coat. In both cases, there are different shapes and sizes possible.  Regardless of the pattern, the rosetted or spotted Bengal cat can exist in all the different possible colors.

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The Marble Bengal Cat

See the wild and exotic appearance of the marble Bengal cat. Many people think that only the rosetted Bengal cat has the wild look … until they see an amazing marble Bengal cat. The marble pattern often becomes more and more beautiful between birth and the first year of life. The more the kitten grows, the more the pattern opens and reveals his colors. The marble Bengal cat will also have the possibility to be produced in the same colors as a spotted or rosetted Bengal cat pattern.

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Colors

BROWN BENGAL CAT

Brown is the most common color. Brown Bengals cats range from a very dark black spotted with grayish background (tawney) color, to an average (brown), to an extremely light tan color  (Sorrell).  Sometimes the background takes on a reddish color (rufoused). Brown is a dominant color in genetics. It means that when one of the parents is brown all kittens will have the coloration brown. 

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SILVER BENGAL CAT

Silver bengal cats have spots ranging from black (preferred) to grey.  To get a silver kitten, only one parent has to carry the silver gene. Just like the brown color it is a dominant color. When a kitten is a silvered snow, it can be almost impossible to tell it is silver.  Two brown bengal cats can NEVER produce a silver kitten.

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There are three different colors of snow:

  • seal lynx

  • seal mink 

  • seal sepia 

Seal lynx

Seal lynx ALWAYS have blue eyes.  They are usually (but not always) born completely white with no pattern showing.  As they age, their pattern will usually darken.  The weather can also cause their coats to lighten or darken. Cold weather usually causes the color to darken.

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Seal mink

Minks are almost always born with visible pattern. Their eyes do start out blue but as they age they will eventually turn aqua, green or gold/amber color. Mink is the only snow color that cannot be carried recessively.

Seal sepia

Seal sepia are born with pattern. They do not have blue or aqua eyes once they are adults. Their eyes vary in shades of yellow-green all the way to amber/brown. Basically, any color eyes a brown bengal can have.

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BLUE BENGAL CAT

Blue Bengal cats are becoming more popular in the past few years.  They can sometimes be mistaken for silvers except they DO NOT have a black tail tip or any black on their body. If you have a silver looking kitten born when you breed two brown bengal cats, it is a blue.

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CHARCOAL BENGAL CAT

Charcoal bengal cats have dark markings and a black mask on their faces.  The characteristic of this gene is that you have to have a mask to be considered a charcoal. There are also breeders who believe that no mask is needed.  It is possible to have a charcoal with any color. Bengal cats who carry charcoal are real stunning cats.

MELANISTIC BENGAL CAT 

Melanistic Bengal cats have black spots on a black background. Sometimes the pattern is difficult to see and other times more visible. This color reminds breeders of the Black Panther.

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