The goal of the Bengal breeding program is to create a domestic cat which has physical features distinctive to the small forest-dwelling wild cats, but with the loving, dependable, temperament of the domestic cat. Keeping this goal in mind, judges shall give special merit to those characteristics in the appearance of the Bengal which are distinct from those found in other domestic cat breeds
Size: Slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be taken to extreme.
Profile: Gently curving forehead to bridge. Bridge of nose extends above the eyes.
Nose: Has a very slight concave curve.
Muzzle: Full and broad, with large, prominent whisker pads and high, pronounced cheekbones.
Placement: Set as much on side as top of head, following the contour of the face in the frontal view, and tipping forward in the profile view.
Furnishings: Light horizontal furnishings acceptable; but lynx tipping undesirable.
Size: Large, but not bugged. Placement: Set wide apart, back into face, and on slight bias toward base of ear. Color: Brown Tabby, Gold to Green; Seal Lynx Point Tabby, Blue; Seal Sepia Tabby, Gold to Green; Seal Mink Tabby, Aqua [blue-green].
Length: Long, and in proportion to body.
Size: Medium to large. Boning: Robust, never delicate.
Musculature: Very muscular, especially in the males, one of the most distinguishing features. .
Boning: Large and substantial. Never delicate.
Musculature: Very muscular, like the body.
Size: Medium large.
Texture: Thick, luxurious, and unusually soft to the touch. .
Glitter: Desirable. Do not penalize for non-glittered coat.
Marbled Pattern: Markings, while derived from the classic tabby gene, shall be uniquely different with as little "bulls-eye" similarity as possible. Pattern shall, instead, be random giving the impression of marble, preferably with a horizontal flow when the cat is stretched. Vertical striped mackerel influence is also undesirable. Preference should be given to cats with three or more shades; i.e., ground color, markings, and dark outlining of those markings. Contrast must be extreme, with distinct shapes and sharp edges. Belly must be spotted.
Brown Tabby: All variations are allowed; however, a high degree of rufous, yielding a yellow, buff, tan, golden, or orange ground color is preferred. Markings may be virtually black, brown, tan or various shades of brown. Light spectacles encircling the eyes and a virtual white ground color on the whisker pads, chin, chest, belly and inner legs [in contrast to the ground color of the flank and back] is desirable. Rims of eyes, lips, and nose should be outlined with black, and center of nose should be brick red. Paw pads and tail tip must be black. Eye color: Gold to green.
Seal Lynx Point Tabby: Ground color should be ivory to cream. Pattern can vary in color from dark seal brown, light brown, tan, or buff, with the light spectacles, whisker pads, and chin. There should be little difference between color of body markings and point color. Paw pads and tail tip must be dark seal brown. Eye color: Blue.
Seal Sepia Tabby / Seal Mink Tabby: Ground color should be ivory, cream, or light tan with pattern clearly visible. Seal Sepia tabby pattern may be various shades of seal sepia to dark seal sepia. Seal mink tabby pattern may be various shades of seal mink to a dark seal mink. Ivory cream spectacles encircling the eyes, and ivory cream whisker pads and chin are desirable. There should be very little or no difference between the color of body markings and point color. Paw pads must be dark brown with rosy undertones allowed. Tail tip must be dark seal brown. Seal Sepia Tabby, Eye color: Gold, to green. Seal Mink Tabby, Eye Color: aqua (blue green) to green.
NOTE: Unregistered Bengals WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER A SHOW HALL.