Bengal cats are originally developed from crosses between the domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat. The domestic cats, with rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots, became the most popular of the cat breeds. The Bengal breed was accepted as a new breed in TICA in 1986 with referenced to the scientific name of the Asian Leopard Cat, Prionailurus bengalensis. The hybrid crosses are registered as Foundation (F1, F2 & F3) and most noted for its luxurious short, soft coat which may appear in either the spotted or marble pattern.
Bengals are very active and inquisitive cats, and often enjoy playing in water. Some of the Bengals are vocal while others are more quiet and selective about using their voice. They are generally confident, curious and devoted companions. They get along very well with other pets when properly introduced and enjoy being part of a family.