Supreme Grand Champion for Bengals

 

  

 

 

 

Ribbons, Ribbons and more Ribbons... What does it all mean? Bengals are judged at shows and priced as kittens according to The International Cat Association Bengal Breed Standard. I have tried to give you a little information on the process of points used for judging. Below is an excerpt from the Breed Standard as posted on the T.I.C.A. site.

HEAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 points

Shape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Ears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Chin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Muzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Nose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Neck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

BODY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 points

Torso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Legs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Tail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Boning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Musculature . . . . . . . . . . 6

COAT/COLOR/PATTERN . . . 35 points

Texture . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

CATEGORIES: All.

DIVISION: Tabby, Silver/Smoke.

COLORS: Brown Tabby, Seal Sepia Tabby, Seal Mink Tabby, Seal Lynx Point, Black Silver Tabby, Seal Silver Sepia Tabby, Seal Silver Mink Tabby, Seal Silver Lynx Point. Spotted or Marbled Patterns ONLY.

PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSSES: None.

HEAD: Shape: Broad modified wedge with rounded contours. Longer than it is wide. Slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be taken to extreme. The skull behind the ears makes a gentle curve and flows into the neck. Allowance to be made for jowls in adult males. Overall look of the head should be as distinct from the domestic cat as possible.

Ears: Medium to small, relatively short, with wide base and rounded tips. Set as much on side as top of head,

following the contour of the face in the frontal view, and pointing forward in the profile view. Light horizontal furnishings acceptable; but lynx tipping undesirable.

Eyes: Oval, almost round. Large, but not bugged. Set wide apart, back into face, and on slight bias toward base of ear. Eye color independent of coat color except in the lynx points. The more richness and depth of color the better.

Chin: Strong chin, aligns with tip of nose in profile.

Muzzle: Full and broad, with large, prominent whisker pads and high, pronounced cheekbones. Slight muzzle

break at the whisker pads.

Nose: Large and wide; slightly puffed

nose leather.

Profile: Curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of the nose with no break. Bridge of nose extends above the eyes; the line of the bridge extends to the nose tip, making a very slight, to nearly straight, concave curve.


 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION The goal of the Bengal breeding program is to create a domestic cat which has physical features distinctive to the small forest-dwelling wildcats, and with the loving, dependable temperament of the domestic cat. Keeping this goal in mind, judges shall give special merit to those characteristics in the appearance of the Bengal which are distinct from those found in other domestic cat breeds. A Bengal cat is an athletic animal, alert to its surroundings; a friendly, curious, confident cat with strength, agility, balance and grace. It is a medium to large cat which exhibits a very muscular and solid build. Its wide nose with prominent whisker pads and large oval, almost round eyes in a slightly small head enhance the wild appearance and expressive nocturnal look. Its very slight, to nearly straight, concave profile and relatively short ears with wide base and rounded tops add to the Bengal’s distinctive and unique appearance. The short, dense coat has a uniquely soft and silky feel. The coat may be glittered or not glittered, with neither type to be given preference. A thick, low-set, medium-length tail adds balance to the cat.