|Rainbow Valley Bengals
|The Bengal cat is a distinct, unique breed of domestic cat derived from the
ancestral crossing of a domestic cat with an Asian Leopard Cat (Felis
Bengalensis). The Bengal is a medium sized cat with striking exotic looks.
Careful breeding programs produce friendly, loving Bengal cats that bear a
strong physical resemblance to their hybrid ancestors. Bengals may be
registered with several cat associations. The first three generations are
called foundations or F1, F2, F3, after four generations of Bengal-to-Bengal
breeding, the Bengal cat is considered fully "domestic" and is eligible for
Championship show competition. Our Bengals are registered with:
The International Cat Association. Scroll to bottom for information on the
Bengals are very energetic, playful cats. Highly intelligent, they often make
up games on their own and are often quick to learn "tricks" such as fetch
and jumping though a hoop. In addition, many Bengals like to play in water.
Some Bengals are such water lovers, they'll jump into the shower with their
Many Bengal cats are leash trained and enjoy walks in the yard.
Bengals are very loving and many have earned the nickname
because they are so demonstrative of their affection. Some Bengal cats
would spend every waking moment in someone's arms or lap if it were
possible. Others are so busy that they will only slow down long enough for a
quick scratch and "hello" before taking off after a toy, bug, or imaginary
object that catches their fancy.
There are several recognized colors for the Bengal breed according to the
TICA Standard. Brown: the background color can vary in color from a light
sandy tan to gold, red, cinnamon, or brown with brown to black markings.
Eyes can be gold or green.
Seal Lynx Point, Seal Mink, and Seal Sepia: Commonly referred to as
"Snows", these Bengals typically have a very pale to ivory background with
contrasting markings and may have green, gold, aqua or blue eyes.
These beautiful Bengals have a white background with a high contrast
markings in black, grey, and silver. There is also a Smoked Silver that is very
dark in color like a smoked black with ghost blacker markings. Their eyes
can be green, gold and sometime even blue in the case of a Silver/Snow.
Bengal Coat and Patterns
A Bengal's markings can be very dramatic and "leopard-like" in appearance.
The hair is short and on some, super soft and plush. This type of coat is
often referred to as "pelted", so called due to the similarity to a wild cat's
coat (tiger, leopard, etc). Some coats also have a desirable golden/silver
sheen called "glitter" by Bengal enthusiasts. Difficult to see under artificial
light, glitter is made possible by a hollow hair shaft which causes light to
reflect, similar to the action of a crystal. On a brown tabby the glitter
appears golden in color. On snows, it is sometimes more of a "crystal"
glitter. On a silver it shimmers silvery!
Bengals should have a random or horizontal pattern with either solid spots
or multi-shaded rosettes. There are several types of rosettes ranging from
two-tone arrow heads to tri-color donuts. As with the marble pattern, high
contrast between the markings and background color is desirable. The
Bengal marble pattern is derived from the classic British short hair pattern,
combined with the Asian Leopard Cat's rosettes to produce a flowing
"marbleized" look. As with the spotted pattern, the marble pattern should
not look like a "bull's-eye" but instead should have a horizontal flow or even
more dramatic, a tri-color pattern including rosetted, outlined markings.
The Marble patterned Bengals have fully spotted white bellies, just like the
Bengals with Children and Pets
Bengals are wonderful family pets and most will get along very well with
other pets and children. Since Bengals and children both have high energy
levels, they often are perfect playmates for each other, keeping occupied at
various games that some cats would simply roll their eyes at. Bengals are
somewhat dog like in behavior, they often play and sleep with their dog
pals just as they would with other cats! Bengals in general have no problem
getting along with other cat breeds "they don't know the difference".
As with any living creature, individual personalities within a breed can vary
to some degree. It is best to tell the breeder of your potential kitten desires
and about your household pets and family members to better ensure the
right match between kitten and their forever family.
Please read if you are considering purchasing an F series kitten.
INFORMATION ABOUT F- Series
What is a Foundation Bengal Cat?
The origin of the Bengal breed began with the cross between The Asian
Leopard Cat (ALC) and the domestic cat. Some of the early felines used in
these matings include Egyptian and Indian Maus, Burmese and non-
pedigreed domestic cats. As the breed progressed, SBT Bengals were taken
back to the Asian Leopard Cat instead of the misc. other breeds. The first
three generations resulting from the ALC x Bengal are considered
"Foundation Bengals". The terminology regarding the early generation
Foundation Cats can become somewhat confusing for even the most
experienced Bengal enthusiast.
What do "Filial", "F1", "F2", "F3" and "SBT" mean?
The term "filial" comes from the Latin word filius or "son". The genetic
meaning of the word filial is "of or relating to a generation or the sequence
of generations following the parental generation" (The American Heritage©
Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Copyright © by
Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All
rights reserved.) Bengal breeders refer to F-1 as the first generation cross
between the ALC and the domestic Bengal. The F-2 is the second generation
cross (the offspring of the F-1 and the domestic Bengal). The F-3 is the third
generation (the offspring of the F-2 and a Bengal). The International Cat
Association (TICA) considers the fourth generation (F-4) to be a "SBT"
(studbook tradition) Bengal, eligible for competition in the show ring and a
fully accepted domestic cat.
The following table clarifies the early generation terminology used by the
Bengal world today (not including domestic outcrosses):
F-1 ALC parent X domestic Bengal parent
F-2 F1 parent X domestic Bengal parent (has an alc grandparent)
F-3 F2 parent X domestic Bengal parent (has an alc great-grandparent)
F-4 F3 parent X domestic Bengal parent (has an alc great-great-
Typically, any progeny off of the Leopard Cat will inherit at least some
parental traits. As each generation moves away from the Leopard Cat
heritage, some of those traits may be removed or lessoned to some degree.
The Foundation Bengal is often leery of new situations because nature has
instilled a cautious intelligence in their ancestors. They need a stable and
secure environment and typically do not adapt to variations within their
everyday life. The commitment to a Foundation Bengal must be considered
to be life-long because while they may not bond to all people, if they do, it is
usually passionately intense and breaking this bond can destroy the spirit of
the cat. They are not your traditional pet cat and there needs to be a clear
understanding of the environment and lifestyle one needs to achieve in
order to form the trusting relationship that may be possible with them. The
Foundation Bengal is not predisposed to being aggressive but when faced
with an uncomfortable situation (often involving loud noises, quick
movements, or strange people or situations), they typically show a shyness
and look for a safe and quiet place. This may be any area of their home
where they have chosen as a safe and secure environment, perhaps a
separate room or a remote cat tree where they can be "alone", until they
feel safe and secure. Every Foundation Bengal is different, with individual
personalities and different reactions to every situation.
The Foundation Bengal is an intense feline with many aspects of the Asian
Leopard Cat behavior that can make a fascinating addition to the
appropriate home. However, those same idiosynchrocies can make life very
uncomfortable for both owner and cat if the household is unprepared or
unable to accept them on the Foundation Bengal’s terms. The closer the
Foundation Bengal is to the Asian Leopard Cat, the stronger the instinctive
behaviors and the less likely that they can be modified to fit the owner's
expectations. A true Foundation Cat enthusiast does not expect the cat to
change to fit the owner's lifestyle, but rather is willing to change their
lifestyle to accept the behavior of the cat. In general, while SBT's adapt
readily to new situations, new people and new places, Foundation Cats find
it more difficult to do so and are much more easily stressed by those
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