Briin

Colors


Of all the variety of colors, nature has rewarded the little raptors with only one: black spotted tabby. For camouflage in the environment. Depending on the habitat the coat can have shades from sandy gray to dark brown. Hybridization, however, has made adjustments to the genotype of the Bengal breed, and the standards have fixed some of the resulting variants.


The TICA standard recognizes five colors. All of them are genetically black but due to the high degree of rufism the color of the cat often looks yellow-brown. That is why the colors were named: brown spotted / marble / tabby; silver spotted / marble / tabby; seal sepia spotted / marble / tabby; seal mink spotted / marble / tabby; seal spotted / marble / lynx point. As you can see, all colors are allowed in both of the above-mentioned types of patterns.


Also some standards allow for blue coloration. Moreover combinations of all 4 above-mentioned colors and 2 patterns with silver hair are possible.


Sometimes black (melanistic), chocolate, mauve and even tortoiseshell kittens are born. But these colors are not yet recognized by the leading feline organizations, so these kittens should be discarded for breeding. All the same, the standards are already accepted and must be adhered to.

 

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