Bengals came about from breeding the forest-dwelling Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic. The Asian Leopard Cat is cat-size and resides in Southern Asia.
Bengal. Even the name sounds exotic. These beautiful creatures have a long, muscular body with large random or tabby horizontal spots. The average weight of a Bengal is seven to twelve pounds. Their head is a modified wedge with high cheekbones. They have a large nose and small ears. Their mysterious-looking eyes are oval and set wide apart. One of their standout characteristics is their coats. The Bengals coat is short, soft and thick and very soft. Many of them have an iradescent glow to their coats that come from a glitter gene. The colors range from snow leopard to marbled to brown tabby to seal lynx point and so on.
The Bengals personality is energetic, playful and friendly. One fun fact. They aren't scared of water and some even enjoy the occasional swim. They rate high on the cat Richter scale of intelligence and can be taught tricks.
Health issues for Bengals include: cataracts,retinal atrophy and cardiomyopathy.
Bengals average lifespan is twelve to sixteen years.
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