Alongside other hybrid cat breeds such as the Savannah, Bengal cats are typically larger than the average house cat.
Males on average weigh between 4.5–6.8 kg (10–15 lb) and females 3.6–5.4 kg (8–12 lb).
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A novel autosomal recessive disorder was described in Bengals in 2011, decades after the breed's development.
This disease appears to be an early-onset primary photoreceptor disorder, leading to blindness within the first year of age, in cats that possess the anomaly.
The breed typically also features "mascara" (horizontal striping alongside the eyes), and foreleg striping.
The eyes of a Bengal cat are relatively large and are usually bright blue or green.
however, for the typical pet owner, a Bengal cat kept as a pet should be at least four generations (F4) removed from the leopard cat.
The so-called foundation cats from the first three filial generations of breeding (F1–F3) are usually reserved for breeding purposes or the specialty pet home environment.
Her plan was not to keep the breed as a hybrid, but to domesticate these cats by breeding them further with each other.
Greg and Elizabeth Kent were also early breeders, who developed their own line of Bengals using ALCs and Egyptian Maus.
The Bengal cat is usually either classed as brown-spotted or snow-spotted (although there are more colours , brown and snow are the only colours of Bengal that the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (UK) recognise).