Bengal Cat Breed: History, Temperament & Health
The Bengal Cat Breed At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: United States
Dates Of Origin:  1983
Average Weight Range:  12-22 lbs
Temperament Of The Bengal: 
Elegantly Conservative.
Breed Colors Of The Bengal:  Brown or snow spotted or marbled tabby, black self.
Known as one of the top 10 least friendliest cats.

The rare Bengal cat breed has a distinctively thick coat.  Because of its wildcat origins, a dependable temperament is another vital feature.  Early breeding introduced some undesirable genes for dilution - long hair and spotting - but also the Siamese coat pattern, which resulted in the extraordinary "snow" shades.  Initially this was a nervous feline family, but continued development has led to a more outgoing breed.

History Of The Bengal:

The first mating of the Asian leopard cat with a domestic cat was accidental and took place in California in 1963.  Ten years later, the university of California contined this hybridization to examine the Asian leopard cat's resistance to feline leukemia virus (FeLV).  Out of those beginnings, in 1983, appeared the Bengal.

Common Bengal Health Issues:

Extreme sensitivities to anesthetics, vaccines, and pesticides.
Luxating patella (dislocated kneecap).
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