The goal of Bengal breeding is to create a domestic cat that has the characteristic appearance of small forest cats, but with the gentle and balanced temperament of pets. Adhering to this goal, judges need to emphasize these characteristics when breeding Bengals that differ in temperament from other purebred domestic cats. The Bengal cat is an athletically built animal, nimble, friendly, curious, confident, with strength, agility, balance and grace.
This cat is medium to large in size and looks very muscular and strong. Her broad nose, bulging mustache pads, large oval, almost round, eyes with a relatively small head give off the look and look of a woodland nocturnal predator. Her slightly concave, almost straight, profile and relatively short ears with wide bases and rounded tips add to the characteristic unique appearance of the bengal. The short, dense coat is uniquely soft and silky to the touch. The coat may or may not be shiny, no preference. A thick, drooping, medium-length tail completes the cat's look.
Cats can be smaller in size than cats while maintaining proportions.
Slightly long hair in kittens.
Wide jaws in cats.
Slightly almond-shaped eyes.
Spots on the body that merge together to form stripes characteristic of the tiger pattern, in spotted cats;
Round spots, called "bull's eye", in marbled cats;
Significantly darker color marks (compared to the color of the body pattern) in Seal Sepia, Seal Mink or Seal Lynx Point cats.
Any distinct white spots - medallions on the neck, chest, abdomen, or elsewhere not specified by the standard.
Temperament must be impeccable. Any sign of aggression leads to disqualification. The cat may show fear, attempt to run away, or shout loudly at all, but should not pose a threat. Bengals are confident, nimble, inquisitive and friendly cats.
There are no "tabby" spots on the belly.
Color of pads of paws does not agree with the declared color or they are not evenly colored.
According to the TICA Show Rules, the following reasons lead to obligatory disqualification:
cats that bite,
Cats that show obvious intent to attack,
Mature cats which are not neutered and do not have testicles,
cats with a missing tail or part of a tail, except as permitted by the College of Standards Approval (CUS),
Cats with more than five toes on their front legs and more than four toes on their back legs, except for loss thereof due to injury or as allowed by the CUS,
have visible and invisible tail defects for which the CUS requires disqualification,
strabismus, if CUS requires disqualification, total blindness,
Dwarfism, small size, out of breed,
with underdeveloped breasts or unusually small chest volume - keels "flattened chest syndrome".