Bengals are active, talkative cats that love to play even in water! The Bengals direct ancestor the Asian Leopard Cat is a cat that loves to fish and therefore many Bengals have been known to climb right in to the shower or tub to join in the fun. Their curiosity and intelligence makes them a very well rounded cat, always wanting to know what you are up to. The investigation abilities of the Bengal never cease to amaze.
Bengals are very musuclar, long lean and substantial, but not oriental or foreign. Their hind legs are longer than the forelegs, with the shoulders being very muscular. Because of the unique Bengal build it gives the Bengal a very fluid walk enhancing the wild attributes of the Bengal. There is often a distinct difference between the male Bengal and female Bengal. The male is much more muscular many times losing any sign of a neck scruff as he matures. His neck will become solid muscle. Boning of the Bengal is very robust and not to be delicate nor too heavy that the appealing elegance be lost. Bengals will exhibit characteristics that enhance its wild appearance, large, built up whisker pads, medium small rounded ears, white or light underbelly with contrasting spots, a soft, pelt like fur, sharp contrasted large spotting pattern, medium long, and a well muscled body. Yes, the Bengals have "wild blood" but, they should not have the temperament of a wild cat. Temperament according to the Bengal standard states, "Temperament must be unchallenging. Any signs of definite challenge shall disqualify. Cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally complain outloud, but may not threaten to harm. Bengals should be confident, alert, curious and friendly cats."
The Bengal cat is a very people oriented cat that has many "dog-like" characteristics (they love to play fetch). Bengals are affectionate, bed hoggers, and very loyal to their people. They are quick to learn and adapt.
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