Standards for Marble Bengal Cat

Years of breeding have developed the perfect domestic Bengal cat that is ideal to be with a pet-loving family. Together with the honing of its temperament came the perfection of the patterns and colors as well. Breeding the wild Asian Leopard Cat with domestic cat breeds has helped produce such wide Bengal cat varieties that continue to amaze cat lovers from all over.

One of the most popular Bengal cat varieties ever produced is the marble Bengal cat. This Bengal has a beautiful horizontal flow of marble markings on its coat. The marble pattern of this Bengal cat has stunned and awed so many people especially its creator Jean Sugden-Mills. It first appeared in 1987. The geneticist was so fascinated by the beautiful coat pattern that she was bent on making it one of the Bengal cat standards for show. You really cannot blame Dr. Sugden-Mills for considering the marble Bengal cat as one variety that really leaves you in awe.

When you look at the marble pattern on this Bengal cat’s coat, you could just not believe how detailed and how symmetrical the markings are. The marble Bengal cat has four official types—reduced horizontal flow, horizontal flow, chaos pattern, and sheet marble patterns. Although there is the ALC ancestry, the marble pattern of this Bengal cat came from the domestic breeds. According to the breeding programs, in order to produce a marble pattern, both parents should carry the recessive marbled pattern gene. With this, the litter produced will have both spot and marble pattern on their coats.

The marble Bengal cat’s four basic types are really hard to produce. This is because of the stubborn “bulls eye” pattern in a marble Bengal cat. It takes so long to remove this pattern in the marble patterns of a Bengal cat in any breeding program. Although the marble pattern is said to be genetically recessive, it continues to really bring out the exotic trait of the Bengal cat breed.

In attaining the marble Bengal cat variety, there are four tough considerations that highly skilled, specialized breeders keep in mind:

  • Diagonal or Horizontal direction/flow—This is the flow that starts from the Bengal’s shoulder to its back or to its lower hip. It is one smooth direction that is one of the basic aims in breeding the marble Bengal cat.
  • Tri-color marble—This is the pattern that involves three colors present on the marble coat. First is the background color, then the color of the marble pattern, and third is the distinct color that outlines the marble pattern of the Bengal cat.
  • Quad-color(Four-color)—The fourth color that is being referred to here is the white coloration that is present on the belly of a tri-color marble Bengal cat.
  • Chaining pattern—This is a special kind of marbling pattern that is like a series of rosette spots linked together and outlined by a much darker color. This really appears to resemble a chain.

Many breeders concentrate more on the spotted Bengal pattern than the marbled one. This is because they want to really concentrate on passing on the leopard-like coat that the wild Asian Leopard Cat has. Because of this, the marble Bengal cat is usually seen as a side variety, second only to the spotted Bengal cat.

Look intently at the detailed markings of the marble Bengal cat’s coat. If there is no “bull’s eye” pattern present there, it is like a smooth stream of colors that flow in one direction. This gives the illusion of having a stretched Bengal cat, that appears to be longer and sleeker. It is very close to the solid colored Bengals because of the large blots of color that is scattered all over the coat.

It is truly marvelous to see how far the Bengal cat breed has gone. Each variety already has a unique set of standards to follow. The marble Bengal cat already one of the highlighted varieties under Bengal show standards. This makes the Bengal breeders more motivated in improving the breed as years go by. More and more varieties will sure come out of the diverse breeding programs worldwide. Only time can tell when the new Bengal variety will appear.

Author: John Eagle

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