The Bengal Breed Standard

Importantly, you need to know there is more than ONE Bengal Breed Standard. Each Cat Council has slight variations, but all are based around the TICA Breed Standard.

TICA: The International Cat Association

CCCA: Coordinating cat Council Australia

ACF: Australian Cat Federation Bengal Breed Standard

Understanding the Bengal Cat Breed Standard can be difficult, yet it is vital to our breeds development.
There isn’t just one single breed standard across the world. Nope there’s oodles of them. Whilst they are all very similar, there are some small differences. In South Australia alone we have two Breed standards that are not quite the same as each other. Our Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Standard is set by the ACF (Australian Cat Federation) & our Feline Association of South Australia is set via the CCCA (Cat Control Council of Australia.)
You may wish to ask your chosen breeder which standard they aspire to or Show their Bengals under. Then you will gain a better understanding of what your breeder is talking about when they say their kittens are currently under evaluation.

Understanding the Bengal breed scoring chart


Each standard works on a scoring system of 100 points. These points are allocated to specific parts of the Bengal Cat being scored or judged. The judge or breeder looks at each part of the cat and then scores the cat on how closely its individual features match the Breed Standard. The higher the score, the more closely the cat resembles the ideals of the governing Cat Councils, Associations & Breeders, perfect cat.

The Bengal Cat Breed Standard shouldn’t be taken lightly or ignored. Breeders should strive to be using cats that rank highly within the Standard in order to to keep the quality of what they produce moving forward and not stagnated.

A key point to remember is that all entire (undesexed) cats can breed and create offspring. The real question to ask yourself is, ‘Are the cats your chosen breeder is using contributing to the betterment of the breed?’ Think: Health, Temperament, Type & Pattern.

The Breed Standards are in place to encourage breeders to take the best of the best and painstakingly make it better! Cat Judges don’t give up their Sundays for a cooked lunch and a chatty day out. No way! They are dedicated cat lovers who have spent endless years researching cat breeds and they not only encourage breeders to step up their breeding grade, they check each cat or kitten for numerous faults and they will soon enough let a breeder know if they are heading in a direction that is not to the betterment of their chosen breed.

The Breed Standard is there to oversea that healthy, fault free cats continue in breeding programs and oust those cats with faults that could potentially harm the breed if spread through a pedigree. These cats do often make exceptional pets. Its purely that when one is working with such a small genetic gene pool taking chances by using a compromised cat is simply dumb and destructive for the breed.