Bengal Colors and Patterns
Bengals can come in one of two patterns: Spotted and Marble. Spotted patterns can range from small spots of a single color to large rosettes with dark outlines and lighter centers. Spots can even be connected together along the top of the back called "chaining." Spots should NOT run together to form vertical bars. Marble patterns can be "open" with a lot of the background color showing or "closed" with little of the background color showing. Some marbles are considered "sheeted" which means that they have little to no background color showing through the pattern on the body. Both patterns should flow in a horizontal manner with little to no vertical striping. Stripes that run vertically on the body behind the front legs are called "rib bars."
Because of the great many interpretations by breeders of the different Bengal show standards AND their own personal preferences, Bengals have become one of the most unique looking (and acting) pets in the world. Bengals come in a myriad of colors helping to make each cat different in their own way. No two Bengals will never look exactly the same, just like big leopards in the wild.
In the colors sections, there are many examples of both spotted and marbled patterns.
Did you know?
Some Bengals have hollow hairs mixed into their fur. These hairs reflect light and give the Bengal a very special shine!
This is called "glitter."
Some Bengals have hairs mixed into their fur that have white tips. This is called "ticking."