Glossary

ALC

Asian Leopard Cat, the ancestry in the Bengal that introduced the spots and other exotic features in the Bengal's cat breed. Refer to item 2. Tell me more about the Asian Leopard Cat on the Bengal Info page.


ARROWHEAD ROSETTE

An arrowhead (triangular) shaped rosette. See Colours & Patterns page.


AON

Refer to the definition on question 2 of the "Buyers FAQ", as explained in the answer for the question: What do the following terms mean? F1, F2, F3, F4 and AON, BON, CON?


ASH

American Short Hair, a domestic cat commonly used in the Bengal breed


BLACK

Cat having a black background with black markings.  Also known as melenistic. See Colours & Patterns


BLUE

Cat having a peach background with bluish gray markings. Result of the dilution gene. See Colours & Patterns page


BON

Refer to the definition on question 2 of the "Buyers FAQ", as explained in the answer for the question: What do the following terms mean: F1, F2, F3, F4 and AON, BON, CON?


BST

Brown Spotted Tabby, the registration definition for the brown spotted Bengal's


CON

Refer to the definition on question 2 of the Buyers FAQ", as explained in the answer for the question: What do the following terms mean: F1, F2, F3, F4 and AON, BON, CON?


DOUGHNUT ROSETTE

A rosette made up of a full circle with a distinctively lighter coloured center. See Colours & Patterns page


F1 - F4

Refer to the definition on question 2 of the "Buyers FAQ", as explained in the answer for the question: What do the following terms mean: F1, F2, F3, F4 and AON, BON, CON?


FUZZY'S

This is similar to the camouflage that young cats would develop in the wild.  Frizzy hairs tend to mask the kitten's pattern. This is a stage that they grow out of and it is generally gone by the time a kitten is 4 or 5 months of age.


GLITTER

A term given to the hollow hair shaft on many cats of the Bengal breed. This gives the effect of the cat being sprinkled with gold dust for brown-based cats. The glitter is pearl coloured on the silver and snow varieties.


MACKEREL

In the Bengal an undesired vertical striping.


MELENISTIC

A recessive gene responsible for black background with brownish-black markings. Also see BLACK above.


OCELLI

The round white markings often found on the backs of wild cats ears. One belief is that these spots evolved to reflect light so that the young could follow their mothers in the dark. For a good example, look at the back of a Tiger's ears. Generally found on F1 Bengal's and in gradually decreasing amounts down through F2 to SBT's. See the picture on the Bengal Info page that shows Ocelli on the ears of the ALC.


SBT

Stud Book Tradition


TICA

The International Cat Association, is the largest Bengal registry in the world. We are a TICA registered cattery and all our Bengal's are TICA registered.


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