New to Bengals?
Here is some information that may be useful in determining if this is the right kind of kitten/cat for you . . . .
The Bengal cat is a unique domestic cat descended from the Asian Leopard Cat. This gives them some special characteristics. Some questions to consider in order for you to decide if a Bengal cat is the right pet for you:
- Do you want an active, vocal cat? Bengals are very active and can be quite vocal. Most would not be considered 'lap' cats. As a general rule, most Bengals do not like to sit around and cuddle.
- Do you want a cat that looks like a little leopard? One of the most recognized Bengal cat colors is the brown spotted leopard, however there are also marble patterns. Additionally Bengals now come in a variety of colors including Silver, Snow, Charcoal, Mink or a combination of these colors.
- Do you have time to keep up with the needs of a Bengal cat? Bengals are fastidious and particular about their litter boxes. The litter box must be cleaned frequently or they will no longer use it. They are also very active and curious and creative about getting into things and up into high places.
- Do you have time to carefully watch the diet of a Bengal cat? Some Bengals have sensitive stomachs and require a stable, balanced diet of high quality cat food. Sometimes more meat than a normal domestic cat is required.
- Are you willing to 'cat-proof' your home for a Bengal cat? Bengals are very active and love to run, jump, and climb. They will get on your shelves and knock over your knick-knacks. They will climb up your curtains and sit on the top of your door frames. They will learn how to turn lights on and off and how to open doors. Unrolling toilet paper is a favorite game.
Because owning a Bengal cat- or any animal- is a lifelong commitment, we understand that there may be a time when circumstances may change, forcing owners to give up a beloved pet. Should this happen, we want to work with you in any way we can to help find your Bengal a new forever home. We strive to make sure Barrotts’ babies will always have a home and should never be abandoned or worse yet given to a research facility. We will be there to answer any questions we can and help you ever step along the way to making the best choice for you, your family and your new Bengal.
How do I purchase a Barrott’s Dream Bengal?
- Please submit the required pet adoption questionnaire to begin the process of helping us find the best potential match of one of our kittens for you and your family.
- Read our sample Pet Contract.
- Schedule your interview so that we can answer any additional questions you may have.
- Return the executed contract with your deposit.
- Watch your baby grow through pictures and videos.
- Make arrangements for final payment and schedule your in person delivery-pickup.
- Update us with any questions, comments and of course pics/videos of your new family member as they grow. We look forward to sharing our dreams with you . . . . . .
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR BENGALS!
Bengal Colors and Patterns
Brown Spotted Tabby's - The traditional color of the Bengal is that of the leopard, black spots upon gold or brown background. The intensity and colors of the “leopard spotted” Bengals can vary considerably. The spots may go from deep brown, to jet black. They may be rosetted or spotted. The base background can vary from gold to orange known as a rufous color. It can vary from strong yellowish pink to moderate orange, which is actually part of the leopard or Brown Spotted division. Sorrels have brown spots on an orange background. Bengal spots should be horizontal with little to no vertical. The quality of the individual Bengal is determined to a large degree by the richness of color and the pattern of the markings.
Silvers - The Awesome Silver, newly recognized in 2004 for Championship titles, they have grey to white background with pewter to jet black markings, and white tummies.
Silvers can be either spotted, have rosettes or be marbled. A high degree of contrast is desirable. The coat should be clear with little to no ‘tarnishing’ or yellowish discoloration on the face, feet, tummy, or spine. Silvers are born with their markings and retain them as the marks darken with maturity.
Leopard and sorrel colored kittens go through many stages before they develop their true color. Often they do not develop their true color until maturity at which time the color darkens. Kittens go thrugh the fuzzies which occur about 10-12 weeks. Bengal kittens are born spotted or marbled. Often going through what is called the ‘fuzzy stage’ which occurs between 6-16 weeks. This correlates to the camouflage state of wild cubs. About 4 months, the coats will become soft, silky and have a glaze as the markings will become more definitive.
Snow Leopards are off-white or ivory with soft golden, grey or brown spots. They can also known as the Seal Mink. Their eyes can be aqua, green or golden in the mink. Snows are further classified as either seal lynx point, silver seal lynx point (header picture), seal mink or sepia, depending on their genes. Seal Lynx always have blue eyes.
Generally the Mink and Sepia colored snows have more pronounced markings than those of the lynx spotted tabby or Lynx pointed snow.
The Lynx kittens are born almost solid white. The ghost pattern gradually develops as they mature. Even at 8 - 10 weeks, the pattern of spots may be very faint.TIt may take up to a year for the blue-eyed snow to develop its full colored markings. The mink and sepia snow kittens are born with a very distinct patterns and markings. Below is the Silver Seal Lynx Spotted Tabby or as some know him, Lynx Pointed Snow. He has ice blue eyes. There are Silver Seal Minks with green eyes.
The Seal Silver Lynx Bengal is one of the newest colors in the breed accepted for championship. The silver inhibitor gene trends to make the bacground color clear. They are whiter in color, more rare than the seal lynx point. They are always clear coated and always have blue eyes. The Silver Seal Lynx Point is not Silver in color, but can produce a Silver kitten when bred to a Brown Spotted Tabby.
Marble Bengals - This strikingly, beautiful Bengal is not spotted, but has swirls of color over its body, creating a pattern that appears like tapestry with a spotted underbelly. The pattern may consist of several colors in the brown tabby division, which can be either brown, black, cream, gold or orange. Marbles also come in snow and silver. Horizontal flow to the pattern is preferred for the show ring.
On occasion, recessive genes produce an off-colored kitten. These may be “blue” (light grey and battleship grey spots), or may even be solid black. These kittens are not meant to be bred or shown, since the colors are not recognized in the breed standard. They do, however, make beautiful pets, with the same exciting and alluring personality of the Bengal.