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Life expectancy

The Bengal has a life expectancy of between 10 and 16 years


Adult size

Female Approximately 14 in
Male Approximately 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 9 and 13 lb
Male Between 11 and 15 lb
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Purchase price

The Bengal costs between £400 and £1500

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More details about the Bengal

Bengal: Origins and history

Man’s fascination with wild cats has existed for a very long time. In 1963, a woman named Jean S. Mill decided to cross a domestic cat with a wild cat, an Indian (Bengali) leopard. Therefore the breed name was given to pay homage to the feline which made it possible to create the breed. The idea was to get a sweet and friendly cat with the look and physique of a leopard or jaguar. Dr. Mill was entrusted by Davis University in California with 8 hybrid females that had been used for feline leukemia research. Crosses with different breeds have also been made (eg. with Egyptian Mau and Burmese) to avoid incest. The breed as we know it today dates back to the '80s, (more precisely 1985) when Mrs. Mill entered one of her Bengals into a competition. It was obviously a great success and TICA recognized the breed that following year.

Bengal: Purchase price

On average, Bengal kittens cost between £400 and £1500. Their price varies depending on their lineage, age and even their sex. They cost around £35 / month to look after, in order to keep them in good health, and to feed them with good quality food.

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    I love Bengal cats, I am enjoying my TigerLilly. She's talkative but cute, loving, intelligent, active, and playful. I just want another female kitten so my TigerLilly has a companion to play with.
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