Bengal | Cat Breed Guide

Bengal | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Bengal is energetic and playful, ideal for families with children and/or other pets. The breed is known for suffering from polycystic kidney disease.

Weight: 8-15 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

Temperament: active, curious, smart 

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

Sometime in the 1970s, a man named Dr. Willard Centerwall decided to conduct genetic experiments by breeding domestic cats with Asian leopards. Once the project reached completion, an amateur breeder named Jean Sugden managed to get her hands on a few of the cats. It was then that the Bengals we know today started to take shape.

Bengals are famous for their exotic, wild features, demanding attention from anyone who sees them. They may look like they would feel more at home in a tropical jungle, but they are usually found playing in someone’s family room.

Bengals are very spunky and always up for a game. No matter how old they are, they never lose their urge to get up and move around. They do very well with children who can engage with them and keep them busy. They can also live with dogs or other cats.

Bengals like to hang around their owners, but they are not lap cats. Those seeking pets that sit around all day and gently survey their surroundings should not adopt a Bengal. It is crucial to establish whether a Bengal will do well in your family before you make any decisions to bring one home.

This breed is highly intelligent, making it possible to train them. Many can learn how to walk with a harness for safe outdoor exploration.

Bengals have green, blue, or gold eyes with marbled or spotted coats. Bengals come in a variety of colors, including silver, brown, and snow.


Grooming is only necessary once or twice a week. Because their coats are short, they do not need daily attention. These cats rarely need bathing unless a situation calls for it.

Health Concerns

  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Cataracts

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) involves the growth of fluid-filled cysts in a cat’s kidneys. While it is not a painful condition on the surface, should the cysts become infected, there can be complications. PKD cannot be prevented, but there are treatment options.

Cataracts tend to impair a cat’s ability to see. This condition can even cause blindness. Routine eye exams can help catch any problems.

Pet insurance can assist with treatment costs and provide peace of mind.