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Cat Breeds: Bengal—True Tigers

Bengals not only look like a miniature version of a big Asian jungle cat, they are actually descendants of a wild leopard crossed with a domestic kitty. Their vivid orange coat is spotted with large brown rosettes and stripes for a striking appearance. Their large almond-shaped eyes outlined in black add an elegant touch. But this sleek cat has no fierce roar. They are loveable and friendly felines who are good with kids and other cats.

Leaps and bounds
Though they may exhibit a docile temperament, Bengals are highly energetic and playful, able to leap four feet straight into the air. This lively breed is agile and athletic and likes to be kept active. Bengals even enjoy swimming and can be caught drinking water directly from the faucet. Intelligent and trainable, don't be surprised to see one of these inquisitive cats taking a walk on a leash with its human companions.

Mixed breeds
Other colors include seal point, which may have some Siamese cat in her ancestry, as would a blue eyed Bengal. A sepia coat indicates possible Burmese background and others have a marbled look. The spotted version is the most popular and some even show "glittery" fur with an iridescent frosty glow. This shorthaired cat needs a weekly brushing to keep shedding in check but you'll love petting her soft thick fur as much as she loves to be stroked.

Ready, Set, Go
Bengals enjoy expressing themselves vocally. These handsome cats can be high-maintenance, requiring plenty of playtime to keep them occupied. Be sure your Bengal is a fourth-generation descendant to assure a gentle and predictable nature, otherwise they can possess either aggressive or timid behavior. Remember, Bengals are trainable. They average between 10 to 15 pounds (females are slightly smaller) and will normally live up to 16 years old.