Breed Profile: Beauty in the Beast

The Bengal has taken the world by storm thanks to its good looks, but its personality keeps fans coming back for more.

There is something special about an exotic-looking cat. The sleek elegance, striking coat and penetrating eyes have long captivated the imaginations of those who appreciate cats and secretly wish to have a wild cat as a pet.

“If you think about it, on every continent going back hundreds and even thousands of years you will find that there has been a fascination with the dramatically patterned wild cats — it is apparent in art, fashion, rituals and beliefs,” says Anthony Hutcherson, a Maryland-based Bengal breeder and The International Cat Association (TICA) Bengal breed-committee chair. “Even now, people sport leopard-print clothing and accessories.”

Bengals, a hybrid of domestic cats and Asian leopard cats, can fill the desire that many people have to own an exotic-looking creature — without the wild temperament, of course. They add beauty to a home. They offer a dash of mystery. They are a conversation starter for guests.

**Get the March 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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