The basic aim of the Bengal cat is to
mimic the appearance of the Asian Leopard Cat. However, Bengals do come in a
variety of colours and patterns. Bengal cats come in two different patterns
and two different background colours. The pattern is either spotted or
marbled, and the background colour is either white or brown. Bengal spots
come in a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns. Some have many small spots,
whilst others have fewer large spots.
Though most Bengals are simply classed
as "brown" there is actually a modest amount of colour variation between
different cats, which reflect the variation found in the wild between
different Asian Leopard cats. Browns can come in shades of brown which are
sandy, grey, golden, deep red and so on, all of which are allowed, though
highly rufous golden browns are often considered desireable.
Snow leopards come in three different
colours Lynx point, mink and sepia.
An additional unique characteristic of
the Bengal colour is that some cats have a distinct "glitter" effect over
their fur, as if each hair were tipped with gold dust. With snow leopards
the glitter will appear white instead of the gold which appears in browns.