There is a large degree of variance of color intensity within the Bengal breed. The ground color can range from a silvery-grey to a sandy buff color, and even a bright rufous tone in the brown spotted class. This is also known as the Classic color. The Classics have green or gold eyes and are never to have blue eyes. The spotting or marbling color can also range from very black to a light brown.
Snow Bengals, or more acurately, Seal Lynx Points, Seal Minks, and Seal Sepias are creamy white, not pure white, with the contrasting color ranging from pewter to a rich nutmeg color. The eye color on the Lynx Point is blue, Seal Minks and Seal Sepia’s can be green, copper or gold , depending on genetic background. As per the TICA Bengal Standard, eye color is independant of coat color except in the lynx points.
The other type of Bengal is the marbled Bengal. Its coat is full of swirls, giving the appearance of a Boa snake’s pattern. Because of the fluid movement of the Bengal this pattern gives a striking “wild” look.Scirocco – Seal Lynx Marble The Marble can come in either the Classic or Snow coloring. Many times the marble will have a tricolored pattern. In all types of Bengals there is variance and uniformity. The body type (please refer to “Bengals the Exotic Domestic”) should still be the same. All three of the basic types are eligible for champion status with TICA (The International Cat Association) and rightfully so because of the Bengals great beauty and magnificence!
Occasionally an undesirable or unrecognized coat color such as blue, chocolate, red, cinnamon, black, torbie or silver is produced in the Bengal breed along with an occasional long haired kitten. This is an occasional occurrence and despite the fact that they are unrecognized by The International Cat Association, they still have the same wonderful Bengal purrsonality and make excellent pets.
Bengals can have what is known as a “glitter” coat. Glitter looks as though the Bengal was dipped in gold or crystal dust, shimmering in the sunlight it is quite beautiful! The Bengal must have a black tail tip (the tail appears ringed), and a spotted tummy (even in the Marble class). The most desired characteristics in any Bengal are that it looks like a leopard cat but has the temperament of a pussy cat.