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Drawings on the body can be of 2 types: spotted and marble. There are also general requirements. Preference is given to more contrast, with clear sharp outlines of spots and divorces. Contrast is created by two, and sometimes three or more, which is preferable, colors and shades.


On a light background, large rosettes or marbled lines are tinged with a third color from the main background, and the patterns are even more whimsical.


And on the muzzle nature has applied "make-up": lightened coat around eyes, so-called "glasses", ideally almost white pads and chin, 2 - 3 dark lines in tone of pattern spreading from nose along cheeks. The "M" on the forehead changes into a refined character in the form of a beetle, consisting of many graceful lines flowing from the back of the head to the neck. On the throat solid or torn "necklaces" of spots. The lips, eyelids and nose lobe are outlined in a dark black or brown outline and the same paw pads to match the main color of the coat. On the back of the ears in the center are lightened spots, "ocelot spots", like in wild cats.


The neck, chest, abdomen, and inside of the paws are much paler than the coat on the sides and back. At the same time, the belly, legs, and tail are covered with small round or elongated spots. Alternating along the length of the tail the light and dark spots may be closed in rings and end necessarily with a dark tip, black or brown, depending on the color. Bengals possessing significant rufousness of coat (i.e., bright background of pattern from apricot to red-brown tones) may have spots or stripes of brown color, but black pads of paws and the same tip of a tail. It is only by these signs that one can accurately determine the true color of the cat.


These are the common features that are characteristic of both types of pattern. And what are the patterns themselves?


Recall that small wild leopards wear spotted coats. Small spots of round or triangular shape are arranged on the body in random or horizontal rows. The same happens in domestic bengals. This pattern is called spotted. But sometimes the pelts of forest animals were painted in a more complex pattern consisting of triangles, commas, curved strips. When the genes of wild and domestic cats are combined with directional breeding, extremely interesting variants are obtained, and then beautiful rosettes appear on the skins instead of simple spots. In principle it is the same spotted, but some consider this type of pattern as transitional from spotted to marbled.


Rosettes (rosette) can be in the form of rings and semi-rings and can resemble a paw print, a dart tip, or a bunch of grapes. Large individual round spots of solid color are also called rosette. Preference is given to patterns made up of the same type of spots, evenly spaced and isolated from each other. It is important that they do not merge into vertical "tiger" stripes. This is a disadvantage. Large rosettes should also not flow one into the other.


From the shoulders to the tail along the ridge, there are rows of spots of rounded shape or in the form of curved stripes.


The name of another pattern, marble, speaks for itself. Though, in theory, it is the same as classik or blotched, in application to Bengals, only the first term is used. The curved, flowing horizontal lines and fancy divisions are very reminiscent of noble marble. But the beautiful round spots and concentric circles around them, which are found in other domestic cats and are called "bull's-eye" by the Americans, are not allowed. The same goes for "tiger" stripes.


Bengal patterns look very exotic. And although some variants, albeit extremely rare, are found in other breeds, but in combination with the bright undercoat, contrasting polychrome patterns give domestic leopards a unique look.

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