While it might be easy to spot a Bengal cat (pun intended) there are actually many variations that can be prevalent in your Bengal’s fur.
There are two categories of colors that can be found. There are recognized and non-recognized.
Your three basic recognized colors are brown, silver, and snow.
When it comes to brown fur, this color can have a lot of different background colors. You can find everything from gold, honey, and beige to caramel, red, and cream. Brown Bengals will have a marble pattern that is either black or dark brown with a spotted and marble pattern. Generally, their eyes tend to be green or gold.
For those Bengal kitties with silver fur, they tend to look almost white of silver in color with a spotted pattern. These Bengals will also have green gold eyes.
Snow is a little different. This is actually a group of colors with three distinctive genetic variations:
- Seal lynx point: this is the lightest color of the group, typically born white with some faint markings. As they get older they tend to develop their unique color. One of the coolest things about this color, however, is that they are the only Bengals that develop icy-blue colored eyes.
- Seal mink: Unlike the seal lynx point, this Bengal is born with some markings on them, although they will darken as they age. Their backgrounds tend to be cream, ivory or even a caramel/chocolate tone with spots and a marble pattern. They usually have aqua/green eyes.
- Seal Sepia: These are the darkest of the snow group, and generally are born with a distinctive pattern. Generally they brown colored and have a marble pattern. Their eyes are either golden or green.
Non-recognized colors tend to be rarer than the recognized colors.
Charcoal is one of the non-recognized colors. These Bengals tend to have darker patterns and have fairly dark pots with a marble pattern. Charcoal Bengals have dark masks and often times have what’s called a cape- or a long stripe that goes down their back.
Melanistic or black Bengals are those who have a black background with a dark brown or black spotted pattern which at times could only be seen in the sunlight. Truly a unique looking Bengal!
Blue Bengals, as the name describes, have a bluish-gray spotted or marble pattern, which sits atop the buttery peach colored background. Their markings will not turn black.