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Ashmiyah Bengal Cats-Adelaide-SA

Bengal Cat Breed Standard

Ashmiyah Bengal Cats breed to the TICA Bengal cat 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 Bengal Breed Standard

CFA: Cat Fanciers Association

CCCA: Coordinating cat Council Australia Bengal Breed Standard

In South Australia 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.)

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.

Bengal cats are so much more than a pretty coat

If you are considering the purchase of a Bengal cat, I urge you to make a cuppa, take 5 and read through the breed Standard.

The breed Standard is vital for the survival of the breed. Face it; they are the most breathtaking cats in existence!  Therefore we all need to ensure they are being bred correctly with care, knowledge and conscientious genetic decisions.

A quality breeder will have the breeds best interests at heart.  They will have an extensive knowledge of the genetics behind the breed and will also maintain best breeding practices.

When a breeder evaluates a Bengal kitten or cat they are judging the features and traits listed in the Standard below.

TICA Bengal Cat Breed Standard

HEAD ……………………………. 35 points
Shape …………………………….. 6
Ears …..…………………………… 6
Eyes ….…………………………… 5
Chin ………………………………. 3
Muzzle …………………………… 4
Nose ………………….…………… 2
Profile …………………………….. 6
Neck ………………….…………… 3
BODY ……………….……..……. 30 points
Torso …………………………….. 5
Legs ……………………………….. 4
Feet ………………………………… 4
Tail ………………………………….. 5
Boning ……………………………. 6
Musculature …………………… 6
COAT/COLOR/PATTERN ….. 35 points
Texture …………………………… 10
Pattern …………………………… 15
Color ……………………………… 10
CATEGORIES: All.
DIVISIONS: Tabby, Silver/Smoke.
COLORS: Brown Tabby, Seal Sepia Tabby, Seal Mink Tabby, Seal Lynx
Point, Black Silver Tabby, Seal Silver Sepia Tabby, Seal Silver Mink
Tabby, Seal Silver Lynx Point, Spotted, marbled, charcoal spotted and
charcoal marbled patterns ONLY.
PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSSES: None.
HEAD:
BG Shape: Broad modified wedge with rounded contours. Longer than
it is wide. Slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be taken to
extreme. The skull behind the ears makes a gentle curve and flows into
the neck. Allowance to be made for jowls in adult males. Overall look of
the head should be as distinct from the domestic cat as possible.

BGL Shape: Broad modified wedge with rounded contours. Longer
than it is wide. Slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be taken to
extreme. The skull behind the ears makes a gentle curve and flows into
the neck. Allowance to be made for jowls in adult males. Feathering
behind the ears and into ruff, giving a frontal effect of roundness framing
the head is desirable. A mane is acceptable but not required. Overall look
of the head should be as distinct from the domestic cat as possible.

BG Ears: Medium to small, relatively short, with wide base and rounded
tops. Set as much on side as top of head, following the contour of the face
in the front view, and pointing forward in the profile view. Light horizontal
furnishings acceptable; lynx tipping undesirable.

BGL Ears: Medium to small, relatively short, with wide base and
rounded tops. Set as much on side as top of head, following the contour
of the face in the front view, and pointing forward in the profile view.
Horizontal furnishings are acceptable. Lynx tipping is permissible.
Eyes: Oval, almost round. Large, but not bugged. Set wide apart, back
into face, and on slight bias toward base of ear. Eye color independent of
coat color except in the lynx points. The more richness and depth of color
the better.

Chin: Strong chin, aligns with tip of nose in profile.

Muzzle: Full and broad, with large prominent whisker pads and high,
pronounced cheekbones. Slight muzzle break at the whisker pads.

Nose: Large and wide; slightly puffed nose leather.

Profile: Curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of the nose
with no break. Bridge of nose extends above the eyes; the line of the
bridge extends to the nose tip, making a very slight, to nearly straight,
concave curve.

Neck: Long substantial, muscular; in proportion to the head and body.

BODY:
Torso: Long and substantial, not oriental or foreign. Medium to large
(but not quite as large as the largest domestic breed).

BG Legs: Medium length, slightly longer in the back than in the front.

BGL Legs: Medium length, slightly longer in the back than in the front.
Britches should be medium to short Toe hair is acceptable.

Feet: Large, round, with prominent knuckles.

BG Tail: Medium length, thick, tapered at the end with a rounded tip.

BGL Tail: Medium length, thick, tapered at the end with a rounded tip.
The tail hair should be long and voluminous. Allowance for shorter tail hair
in kittens.

Boning: Sturdy, firm; never delicate.

Musculature: Very muscular, especially in the males, one of the most
distinguishing features.

COAT/COLOR/PATTERN:
BG Length: Short to medium. Allowance for slightly longer coat in
kittens.

BGL Length: The coat should be medium to long in length lying close
to the body, with furnishings. Allowance for slightly shorter coat in kittens.
Texture: Dense and luxurious, close-lying, unusually soft and silky to
the touch.

Patterns: Spotted, Marbled, Charcoal Spotted, Charcoal Marbled.
Spotted: Spots shall be random or aligned horizontally. Rosettes
showing two distinct colors or shades, such as paw print shaped,
arrowhead shaped, doughnut o half-doughnut shaped or clustered are
preferred to single spotting, but not required. Contrast with ground color
must be extreme, giving distinct pattern and sharp edges. Strong bold
chin strap and mascara markings desirable. Virtually white undersides
and belly desirable. Blotchy horizontal should streaks, spotted legs, and
spotted or rosetted tail are desirable. Belly must be spotted.

Marbled: See TICA Uniform Color Description (74.1.1.2.1).
Charcoal Spotted/Marbled: See TICA Uniform Color Description
(71.8.3).

Brown Tabby: All variations of brown are allowed. Markings various
shades of brown to black. Light spectacles encircling the eyes and a
virtually white ground color on the whisker pads, chin, chest, belly and
inner legs are desirable.

Seal Sepia Tabby, Seal Mink Tabby, and Seal Lynx Point Tabby:
Pattern can be various shades of brown. There should be very little
difference between the color of the body (pattern) markings and point
color.

GENERAL: The goal of the Bengal breeding program is to create a
domestic cat which has physical features distinctive to the small forestdwelling wildcats, and 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. A Bengal cat is an athletic
animal, alert to its surroundings; a friendly, curious, confident cat with
strength, agility, balance and grace. It is a medium to large which exhibits
a very muscular and solid build. Its wide nose with prominent whisker
pads and large oval, almost round eyes in a slightly small head enhance
the wild appearance and expressive nocturnal look. Its very slight, to
nearly straight, concave profile and relatively short ears with wide base
and rounded tips add to the Bengal’s distinctive and unique appearance.
The short, dense coat has a uniquely soft and silky feel. The coat may be
glittered or not glittered, with neither type to be given preference. A thick,
low-set, medium-length tail adds balance to the cat.

ALLOWANCES: Smaller size, in balanced proportion of females. Slightly
longer coat in kittens. Jowls in adult males. Eyes slightly almond shaped.
Mousy undercoat. Paw pads not consistent with color group description.

PENALIZE: Spots on body running together vertically forming a mackerel
tabby pattern on spotted cats; circular bulls-eye pattern on marbled cats;
substantially darker point color (as compared to color of body markings)
in Seal Sepia, Seal Mink, or Seal Lynx Point cats EXCEPT in the case of
any Charcoal Sepia, Charcoal Mink or Charcoal Lynx Point cats. Any
distinct locket on the neck, chest, abdomen or any other area.

WITHOLD ALL AWARDS (WW): Belly not patterned.

Temperament must be unchallenging; any sign of definite challenge shall
disqualify. The cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally complain
aloud but may not threaten to harm. In accordance with Show Rules,
ARTICLE SIXTEEN, the following shall be considered mandatory
disqualifications: a cat that bites (216.9), a cat showing evidence of
intent to deceive (216.10), adult whole male cats not having two
descended testicles (216.11), cats with all or part of the tail missing ,
except as authorized by a board approved standard (216.12.1), cats with
more than five toes on each front foot and four toes on each back foot,
unless proved the result of an injury or as authorized by a board approved
standard (216.12.2), visible or invisible tail faults if Board approved
standard requires disqualification (216.12.4), crossed eyes if Board
approved standard requires disqualification (216.12.5), total
blindness (216.12.6), markedly smaller size, not in keeping with the breed
(216.12.9), and depression of the sternum or unusually small diameter of
the rib cage itself (216.12.11.1). See Show Rules, ARTICLE SIXTEEN for
more comprehensive rules governing penalties and disqualifications.

Bengal cat with Golden coat