A cross between a domesticated cat and a leopard, Bengals are an accidental and quite miraculous creation. In the early 1960s, an American woman bought a female leopard at a pet store along with a domesticated cat as a playmate. The two ended up mating to create the first F1 Bengal.
After four generations of mating, the Bengal breed finally achieved the fertile and docile domesticated cat you see today. As long as the Bengal is at least an F4, there will be no fertility or other genetic issues.
Bengals are larger cats with very muscular, sturdy bodies, a small face with wideset green eyes. Their most notable feature is their leopard-like coat and coloring.
They are a high-energy, high-activity breed and among the most intelligent of all cat types. They are slower to warm to other animals and children but are highly affectionate and attention-seeking with their bonded owners.
True to their wild leopard lineage, Bengals are independent and do not like to be held. Because they are so intelligent, they are fast learners and keen observers.