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Bengal cat basic information

Shape
Broad, modified wedge with rounded contours. Longer than it is wide. Allowance to be made for jowls in adult males.

Size
Slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be taken to extreme.

Profile
Gently curving forehead to bridge. Bridge of nose extends above the eyes. Nose has a very slight concave curve.

Nose
Large and wide; slightly puffed nose leather.

Muzzle
Full and broad, with large, prominent whisker pads and high, pronounced cheekbones.


EARS:

Size
Medium small, basically short ears, with wide base and rounded tips.

Placement
Set as much on side as top of head, following the contour of the face in the frontal view, and pointing forward in the profile view.

Furnishings
Light horizontal furnishings acceptable, but lynx tipping undesirable.


EYES:

Shape
Oval, may be slightly almond shaped.

Size
Large, but not bugged.

Placement
Set wide apart, back into face, and on slight bias toward base of ear.

Colour
Both eyes to be the same colour.
Brown Tabby (spotted or marbled): Any colour except blue or aqua.
Seal Lynx Point: blue.
Seal Sepia Tabby: gold, to green.
Seal Mink Tabby: blue-green (aqua).


NECK:

Size
Thick and muscular, large in proportion to head.

Length
Long, and in proportion to body.


BODY:

Shape
Long and substantial, but not oriental or foreign.

Size
Medium to large (but not quite as large as the largest domestic breed).

Boning
Robust, never delicate.

Musculature
Very muscular, especially in the males, one of the most distinguishing features.


LEGS:

Length
Medium, slightly longer in the back than in the front.

Boning
Large and substantial. Never delicate.

Musculature
Very muscular, like the body.


FEET:

Size
Large.

Shape
Round.


TAIL

Shape
Thick, tapered at end with rounded tip.

Size
Medium large. Length: Medium.


COAT

Length
Short to medium. Allowance for slightly longer coat in kittens.

Texture
Thick, luxurious, and unusually soft to the touch.

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