The Bengal cat has six official colours in the United Kingdom, the Brown (Black) Spotted, the Brown (Black) Marbled, the rare Blue-Eyed or AOC-Eyed (any other coloured) Snow Spotted Bengal's, and the even rarer Blue-Eyed or AOC-Eyed (any other coloured) Snow Marble Bengal's. There is much variation between each of these divisions. There is then also the silvers and blues and the blue lynx points (snow blues) you also have other colours not normally good enough for showing such as the melanistics, Chocolates

Brown Bengal

The Brown Spotted Bengal is the most common and closest to the Asian Leopard Cat in appearance with it's striking spotted coat. There are many variations allowed in ground colour, however a great degree of rufinism yielding a yellow, buff, tan, golden, or orange ground colour is preferred. Contrast between background colour and spots should be extreme with a clear unticked pelt. Bellies are always spotted with a black tail tip.

Some cats have a translucent glittering effect on their coats. This is called Glittering and gives the cat it's shimmering, golden appearance in certain lights. Not all Bengal's carry this gene, and although considered very attractive in appearance on a Bengal, it is not mentioned in the breed standard, and thus not mandatory.

The Marble Bengal has a glorious swirled or marbled pattern. This is the effect of the introduction of the Tabby gene into the Bengal breeding program. Each kitten is unique in its colour with several colours and shades mixed together. There should be no circular motion to the shapes at all. Instead, there should be a horizontal, flowing feel to the alignment.

There should also be at least three colours to the patterns, a light base colour, a medium colour forming the shapes, and a much darker outlining around each of the shapes. Marble kittens can sometimes show two colours at birth with the third colour developing in adulthood. Just imagine stained glass with dark outlining and this is the same effect created in the Marble Bengal.

The Brown Marble Bengal can also be glittered. They can also show rosetting on their hindquarters or shoulders, but their bellies must be spotted like the Brown Spotted Bengal with a black tail tip.

Snow Bengal

The three main types of Snow Bengal's are:  Seal Lynx Point Snow Bengal's, Seal Sepia Snow Bengal's and  Seal Mink Snow Bengal's. All snows come in spot and marble pattern. They all carry a version of the albinoi gene that is commonly found in other species to produce white features with pink eyes.  However, snow Bengal's do not have pink eyes, which is like leucistic animals, who have albino whiting traits and  normally colored eyes.  All Bengal's are born with blue eyes, but the seal lynx point is special, in that it will always have blue eyes.

Silver Bengal

The Silver Bengal is not actually a new colour that has been introduced; it is reached by working with the I Gene (Inhibitor Gene), which is a dominant gene that if present suppresses the yellow pigment production in full color cats Silver Bengal's have a silvery-white background with grey to inky black markings. Ideally there is no hint of brown. This is an exciting “new” color for breeders; it has been approved for Championship status beginning May 1, 2004. There are limited ‘Silver Bengal’ genetics to work with and still so much being perfected in the silvers!

Blue Bengal

What is a BLUE Bengal? The color gene responsible for producing a "blue" Bengal cat is known as a recessive gene; that is, it may be carried by any color and pattern type of Bengal Cat, without the blue gene necessarily showing up in the cat. When a blue male Bengal is bred to a blue female Bengal, all the resulting kittens will be blues. However, it is quite possible for two non-blue Bengal's to mate and, if both recessively carry this color gene, produce some blue kittens in their resulting litter, or in future generations if the gene continues to be recessively carried by the offspring.At this time, the blue Bengal is not a recognized color within the major cat associations , blues are able to be shown in the NBC (New Breed Color) divisions. Interestingly, breeders who have had quite a bit of experience with the blue Bengal's have found that when dealing with a recessive gene such as the blue color gene, often other recessive genes come in to play in the same kitten, such as desirable large spots in the spotted pattern, the "glitter" gene, which also produces some of the softest and most pelted coats in the Bengal cat. This is one reason why in some areas, blue Bengal's are gaining rapidly in popularity, and some breeders are choosing to work specifically with the blue Bengal's to try to get this color recognized within the official Bengal breed standard in its own color class and division.

Blue Lynx Point Bengal

To obtain this beautiful Bengal colouring you need a Blue carrying snow ( ours is the sire Malakai ) and a Snow carrying Blue ( ours is the Dam Crystal ). This Bengal colour which is very rare, can be both spot and marble. We have not yet found a breeder who has a breeding pair of blue lynx bengal's as we would love to see the outcome from this mating.