Bengal adult in black and white


The Bengal was first produced by crossing domesticated tabbies with the Asian Leopard Cat, creating the first hybrid females.

About the Bengal

Bengals, often known as “little leopards”, are very affectionate and can be a lap cat if they want to be, but in general they much prefer playing, chasing and climbing. Bengals are devoted companions and are patient with other household pets and children.

These are confident and curious cats who are always investigating. As active cats, it is important to ensure they have a lot of stimulation and opportunity to exercise and interact with their owners.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from World Cat Congress (WCC)

Breed specifics

United States
Short coat
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–16 years

Confident / Sociable / Vocal / Energetic / Playful

Key facts

  • A cat tree is essential
  • Needs little grooming
  • Good with children

A Bengal's life story

Find out how to care for the Bengal in each stage of their life.
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Exercise and grooming

Adult Bengal cats are very energetic and as such, after the appropriate vaccinations, should be allowed access outdoors to ensure they get plenty of exercise.

Thanks to their short, close-lying coat, the Bengal requires very little grooming. Adults need occasional brushing to keep their coats healthy.

Bengal health and ageing

Bengal cats are considered ageing when they reach 12 years old. The Bengal’s intelligent and sociable energy lasts into old age. That being said, their health and nutritional needs will change as they grow older. 

It is a good idea to arrange regular check-ups with a vet at this stage, as they will be able to advise on any nutritional changes or health problems that ageing may bring.