The Bengal is a hybrid, resulting from the crossing of a domestic cat with an Asian leopard cat. The name Bengal doesn't apply to the cat until the fourth generation, when they are considered to be the most stable and domesticated. Most pet Bengals are wild only in looks, not in personality. This breed is muscular, energetic, active, alert and intelligent. The breed was started in 1963 by Jean Mill. They get along great with other family pets.
Bengals come in two patterns, spotted and marbled. The spotted should be formed in a random and horizontal pattern rather then vertical. Rosettes are preferred over plain spots but good contrast is very important. The marbled pattern should flow horizontally, rather than a bulls eye pattern and should resemble marble.