Subject: Bengal Breed Standard (TICA) - Part 1
In this newsletter, I thought we would start covering the Bengal Breed Standard. The head and coloring tends to be the most distinctive part of any cat so I thought we would start out with these two items.
Colors: Brown Spotted Tabby, Brown Marbled Tabby , Seal Sepia Spotted Tabby, Seal Sepia Marbled Tabby, Seal Mink Spotted Tabby, Seal Mink Marbled Tabby, Seal Spotted Lynx Point and Seal Marbled Lynx Point only.
Shape: The head should be a broad modified wedge with rounded contours. It should be longer than it is wide . The head should be slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be extreme. The skull behind the ears makes a gentle curve and flows into the neck . Overall look of the head should be as distinct from the domestic cat as possible.
Ears: Ears should be medium to small, relatively short, with wide base and rounded tips. The ears should be 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. Light horizontal furnishings are acceptable; but lynx tipping are undesirable.
Eyes: The eyes should be oval, almost round and large, but not bugged. They should be set wide apart, back into face, and on slight bias toward the base of ear. Eye color is independent of coat color except in the lynx points. The more richness and depth of color the better.
Chin: The Bengal should have a strong chin that aligns with the tip of the nose in profile.
Muzzle: The muzzle should be full and broad, with large, prominent whisker pads and high, pronounced cheekbones. There is a slight muzzle break at the whisker pads.
Nose: The nose is large and wide; with slightly puffed nose leather.
Profile: The curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of the nose with no break. The bridge of the nose extends above the eyes; the line of the bridge extends to the nose tip, making a very slight, to nearly straight, concave curve.
Neck: The neck should be long, substantial, muscular; in proportion to the head and body.
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