What’s Up With That Bengal Fur?

Bengal fur is by far their most amazing unique feature. Unlike other cat’s fur it’s considered more of a pelt, similar to a rabbit’s fur.  It’s very soft and has no thick undercoat.

Bengal fur has a few distinct features:

  • Either Rosetta patterning or Marble patterning
  • Distinct facial markings
  • Soft pelt like fur
  • Glittering effect – gold like sparkle to the fur visible in bright light or sunlight
  • Distinct colouring of the fur in several shades but usually tri coloured
  • Eyeliner colour around the eyes
  • Usually a liner colour and shading around the nose
  • Spotted bellies


Patterning

The Rosetta pattern is the most coveted of the bengal fur traits.  It gives the exotic and unique look not seen in other cats with the exception of the Ocicat which does not have any wild lineage but is simply from breeding.

The Rosetta patterning can come in a leopard type single coloured spot or in a jaguar style of a spot with colouring around the spot.  The fur also is also a tri-colour with dark and light colours offering beautiful contrasts that give bengals that exotic and wild look that domestic cats don’t have.

The marble pattern is still an beautiful and unique design that stands out over other breeds.  Some domestic shorthair cats can have marbling, however they usually don’t have the tri-colour and glittering effect to the fur.   The marbling on a bengal share some common elements including that the marbling along the top of their back along their spine run horizontally regardless of the marbling pattern along the side of the body.  Also as mentioned before, the fur is tri-coloured offering beautiful high-lights and low-lights in the colouring that stand out making a beautiful coat. The marble coats come in all the same colours as listed above for the rosetta pattern.

Facial Markings

Bengals have beautiful facial markings that continue on it’s wild and unique look.  The facial markings include horizontal lines along the top of the head between the ears and along the cheeks.  They also have a dark eyeliner colouring around the eyes and around the nose and shading around the nose similar to a tiger.

Show me the Belly

A sure sign and unique to bengals is the white belly with black spots.

Bengal Fur Colours

The most common coat colour is the brown and orange and black/grey combination, however breeders have been able to bring about an amazing range of colours including:

  • Light Orange Brown
  • Dark Orange Brown
  • Snow Leopard – White and faint brown
  • Seal Skin – White and a peach beige
  • Panther – Black and grey (very rare, I have only seen one breeder with this colour combination)
  • Silver – Grey and dark grey

By far the fur is one of the most distinct features that make a bengal a bengal!

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