History of the Bengal cat

The Origin of the Bengal

A Bengal cat is a little wonder of nature! He is a hybrid cat, a cross between the domestic cat and the Asian leopard (Prionailurus Bengalensis), a small wild cat found in Asia and more particularly in the Bengal region. The result of this fusion is spectacular: a mini leopard with the « Wild » look of the Asian leopard and the « Sweet » temperament of the domestic cat!

It was in 1963 that the American Jean S. Mill created this crossbreed for the first time.


From this crossing was born the first hybrids called « F1 » (1stgeneration) then « F2 » (2ndgeneration), semi-wild cats. After the 4th and 5th generations, the Bengal cat was referred to as « domestic ». In our program, our kittens start with the 3rd generation  after the wild Asian leopard, which allows us to create kittens that are very affectionate andgood-natured.


It took several years for the Bengal cat breed to be recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA), and it was only in 1985 that Jean S. Mill was able to participate to her first cat show. The success was immediate, and today, this breed is more popular than ever on a global scale and IS GROWING IN POPULARITY!!


The Bengals Coat


All our kittens are TICA (The International Cat Association) registered and veterinarian certified healthy.  For more information about reserving or purchasing one of our kittens, complete our contact form below, e-mail us at CLM@regalbengal.com. or call 317.258.8150.


One of the first things most people notice about the Bengal cat’s physique is his beautiful fur that imitates his ancestors. The spots that can be seen everywhere on his body are also known as rosettes. It gives the cat an exotic appearance. When petting a Bengal cat, it is surprising to see just how soft and silky his fur is. Sometimes we can see a thin, shiny veil on his body that looks like gold dust, called « glitter ». 


Starting at the age of 3-4 weeks, the Bengal kitten goes through a period offuzzy making his fur and markings less contrasted and this period may last for 3 to 5 months. This is a direct heritage of the Asian leopard, which is used to hide young leopards from their predators. Another important point: the Bengal cat breed is not hypoallergenic despite what many people claim.


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