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The Bengal Cat Club is affiliated to The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and promotes the welfare and well-being of Bengal Cats in the U.K.

Breed Recording is important for the future of the Bengal cat in the UK.

After a successful application by the Bengal Breed Advisory Committee (BAC), the Brown (Black) Spotted Bengals were granted promotion to Championship status by the GCCF at the Council meeting in October 2005 with effect from 1st June 2006. The Brown (Black) Marbled Bengals and the Snow Spotted Bengals (Blue-Eyed and AOC-Eyed) were granted Provisional status in October 2002 with effect from 1st June 2003. At the present time, the Snow Marbled Bengals (Blue-Eyed and AOC-Eyed) have Provisional status.

The Brown Marbled Bengals and the Snow Spotted Bengals were granted Championship status at the GCCF Council meeting on 24th October 2007 with effect from 1st June 2008.

The Black Silver Bengals and the Silver Snow Bengals were granted Preliminary status at the GCCF Council meeting on 24th October 2007 with immediate effect.

As part of the ongoing process of working towards full Championship status for the Bengal breed in all its various colours and coat patterns in the UK, the Bengal Breed Clubs need to keep accurate and extensive records of all Bengals who are shown in this country. To help collate this information, the Breed Advisory Committee appoint a Breed Recorder. At the moment, this is Frances Peace. It is absolutely essential that details of your winning Bengals and their results in Open classes, Miscellaneous, Club and any other Side classes are sent to Frances so that the information can be accurately presented to the GCCF in order to ensure the Bengal breed’s continuing progress.

In order to collect the information, there are two forms to be completed and forwarded to the Breed Recorder who will collate the information on behalf of all Bengal Breed Club members. You can request the Breed Record Forms by sending an email to Frances at [francespeace@sky.com]

The forms will be emailed back to you. If you have difficulty in printing the forms, please send an email to Frances giving your postal address and post code. Alternatively, give Frances a call on 01278 452807 and she will be happy to post the forms out to you.

When you send the forms to Frances, please include a copy of your cat’s pedigree. Copies of any Judges’ critiques on Snow Marbled Bengals that are printed in "Our Cats" magazine would also be appreciated.

GCCF REGISTRATION POLICY FOR BENGAL CATS

The GCCF Registration Policy for Bengal Cats was amended on 24th October 2007.
Click here to download the latest Bengal Registration Policy: Registration Policy 24/10/2007

GCCF STANDARD OF POINTS FOR BENGAL CATS

The Standard of Points for Brown and Snow Bengal Cats was amended on 1st June 2007. Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Brown and Snow Bengals only:
[Brown and Snow SOP 01/06/2007]

The Standard of Points for Black Silver and Silver Snow Bengals was approved by Council on 24th October 2007. Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Brown, Snow, Black Silver and Silver Snow Bengals:
[Brown, Snow and Silver SOP 24/10/2007]

Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Black Silver and Silver Snow Bengals:
[Black Silver and Silver Snow SOP 24/10/2007]

Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Black Silver Spotted Bengals: [Black Silver Spotted SOP 24/10/2007]

Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Black Silver Marbled Bengals: [Black Silver Marbled SOP 24/10/2007]

Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Any Other Colour Eyed Silver Snow Spotted Bengals:
[AOC Eyed Silver Snow Spotted SOP 24/10/2007]

Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Any Other Colour Eyed Silver Snow Marbled Bengals:
[AOC Eyed Silver Snow Marbled SOP 24/10/2007]

Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Blue-Eyed Silver Snow Spotted Bengals:
[Blue-Eyed Silver Snow Spotted SOP 24/10/2007]

Click on the link below to download the latest Standard of Points for Blue-Eyed Silver Snow Marbled Bengals:
[Blue-Eyed Silver Snow Marbled SOP 24/10/2007]

GCCF REGISTRATION POLICY FOR BENGAL CATS

Breed Number 76

1. FULL REGISTER

Bengals with Championship or Provisional status which have in their pedigrees within three generations only Bengals excluding Silver and Silver Snow bengals shall be registered on the Full Register, with the exception of those cats whose pedigrees include, within three generations, a Bengal with Preliminary status.

2. SUPPLEMENTARY REGISTER

Bengals with Championship or Provisional status which have in their pedigrees within three generations only Bengals including Silver and Silver Snow Bengals, F1 of Bengal type, F2 of Bengal type, F3 of Bengal type, Bengal Variants, Bengal Silver Variants, Bengal Abyssinian type, Bengal Burmese type or Bengal ASH type shall be registered on the Supplementary Register.

3. EXPERIMENTAL REGISTER

Bengals with Preliminary status which have, in their pedigrees within three generations only Bengals, F1 of Bengal type, F2 of Bengal type, F3 of Bengal type, Bengal Variants, Bengal Silver Variants, Bengal Abyssinian type, Bengal Burmese type or Bengal ASH type shall be registered on the Experimental Register.

4. REFERENCE REGISTER

4.1 The progeny of Asian Leopard Cats mated to Bengals are known as F1 of Bengal type and, from 1st June 2002, no further F1s shall be registered by the GCCF. The progeny of F1 of Bengal type mated to Bengals shall be registered on the Reference Register as F2 of Bengal type and, from 1st June 2006, no further F2s shall be registered by the GCCF. The progeny of F2 of Bengal type mated to Bengals shall be registered on the Reference Register as F3 of Bengal type and, from 1st June 2008, no further F3s shall be registered by the GCCF. The progeny of F3 of Bengal type mated to Bengals shall be registered on the Supplementary, Experimental or Reference Register as appropriate.

4.2 Bengals of unrecognised colours (i.e. Blue and Blue Snow Bengals, Cinnamon and Cinnamon Snow Bengals, Fawn and Fawn Snow Bengals and the corresponding Silver varieties) which have in their pedigrees, within three generations, only Bengals, F1 of Bengal type, F2 of Bengal type, F3 of Bengal type, Bengal Variants, Bengal Silver Variants, Bengal Abyssinian type, Bengal Burmese type or Bengal ASH type shall be registered on the Reference Register but shall be eligible to be considered as registered on the Experimental Register in the event of Preliminary recognition of their breed. The Brown (Black), Snow, Black Silver and Silver Snow Bengal progeny of Bengals of unrecognised colours as defined above which have in their pedigrees within three generations only Bengals, F1 of Bengal type, F2 of Bengal type, F3 of Bengal type, Bengal Variants, Bengal Silver Variants, Bengal Abyssinian type, Bengal Burmese type, Bengal ASH type or Bengals of unrecognised colours as defined above shall be registered on the Reference Register but shall be eligible to be considered as registered on the Supplementary or Experimental Register in the event of Preliminary recognition of their breed. The first generation shall be overstamped "Carries the dilution gene" and/or "Carries the cinnamon gene" and subsequent generations shall be overstamped "May carry the dilution gene" and/or "May carry the cinnamon gene". All Non-Silver progeny of Silver Bengals shal be overstamped "Silver in Pedigree".

4.3 Variants: Only Bengal-Abyssinian Variants (using breed number 23 excluding Silvers, Reds, Creams and Torties) and Bengal-Burmese Variants (using breed number 27 excluding Reds, Creams and Torties) registered with the GCCF before 25th June 1997 and their suitable progeny are acceptable in Bengal pedigrees.

4.4 Silver Variants: Only Bengal Silver Variants (using Classic Silver Tabby ASH) registered with the GCCF before 1st June 2009 and their suitable progeny are acceptable in Bengal pedigrees.

5. REFERENCE REGISTER - II

5.1 Non-agouti progeny of Bengals shall be registered on the Reference Register as no recognised breed and are not acceptable in the pedigrees of Bengals.

5.2 Longhaired progeny of Bengals shall be registered on the Reference Register as no recognised breed and are not acceptable in the pedigrees of Bengals. Any Bengal which produces longhaired progeny shall be overstamped "Carries the long hair gene". Their shorthaired progeny and subsequent generations shall be overstamped "May carry the long hair gene".

5.3 The progeny of Bengals mated to any breeds other than Bengals shall be registered on the Reference Register with no progression as no recognised breed and are not acceptable in the pedigrees of Bengals with the exception of those cats defined in 4.3 and 4.4 and Note (iv), Note (v) and Note (vi). Subsequent generations shall also be registered on the Reference Register with no progression as no recognised breed and are not acceptable in the pedigrees of Bengals.

5.4 Any cats of Bengal appearance which do not conform to this Registration Policy shall be registered on the Reference Register with no progression as no recognised breed and are not acceptable in the pedigrees of Bengals.

NOTES:

i. Historically, the progeny of Asian Leopard Cats mated to other breeds such as American Shorthairs and Egyptian Maus were also known as F1 of Bengal type.

ii. The progeny of Asian Leopard Cats mated to any breeds other than Bengals shall not be registered.

iii. Bengal Variants were registered on the Reference Register either as Bengal Abyssinian Cross or Bengal Burmese Cross. The second and third generations are registered on the Reference Register as Spotted or Marbled Bengal Abyssinian type and Spotted or Marbled Bengal Burmese type.

iv. Bengal Silver Variants shall be registered on the Reference Register either as Spotted or Marbled Bengal ASH Cross. The second and third generations shall be registered on the Reference Register as Spotted or Marbled Bengal ASH type.

v. Cats already registered with the GCCF as Bengals which have in their pedigrees Abyssinians, Burmese, Egyptian Maus, Ocicats, American Shorthairs or Asian Leopard Cats shall continue to be recognised as Bengals, as shall their suitable progeny.

vi. Imported Bengals which have in their pedigrees, within three generations, only Bengals, F1 of Bengal type born before 1st June 2002, F2 of Bengal type born before 1st June 2006, F3 of Bengal type born before 1st June 2008, Bengal Egyptian Mau crosses born before 1st June 2002 and their suitable progeny, Bengal ASH crosses born before 1st June 2009 and their suitable progeny and Asian Leopard Cats shall be registered as Bengals on the appropriate Register.

vii. If amendments to this Registration Policy are approved by Council such that a cat that was previously registered as no recognised breed would have been registered as a Bengal if the amended Registration Policy had been in force at the time of registration, the registered owner of that cat may apply to the GCCF Office for a change in the cat’s description and breed number to that of a Bengal of the cat’s colour and pattern.

viii. This Registration Policy will be effective from 24th October 2007.

 

GCCF BENGAL STANDARD OF POINTS

With effect from 24th October 2007 UPDATED JANUARY 2014
Breed Number 76

COLOUR
Old Code
NEW CODE
Brown (Black) Marbled Bengal
76 20
BEN n 22
Blue Marbled Bengal
76 20a
BEN a 22
Black Silver Marbled Bengal
76 20s
BEN ns 22
Brown (Black) Spotted Bengal
76 30
BEN n 24
Blue Spotted Bengal
76 30a
BEN a 24
Black Silver Spotted Bengal
76 30s
BEN ns 24
Any Other Colour Eyed Snow Marbled Bengal
76a 20
BEN n 22 32
Any Other Colour Eyed Blue Snow Marbled Bengal
76a 20a
BEN a 22 32
Any Other Colour Eyed Snow Spotted Bengal
76a 30
BEN n 24 32
Any Other Colour Eyed Blue Snow Spotted Bengal
76a 30a
BEN a 24 32
Blue-eyed Snow Marbled Bengal
76b 20
BEN n 22 33
Blue-eyed Blue Snow Marbled Bengal
76b 20a
BEN a 22 33
Blue-eyed Snow Spotted Bengal
76b 30
BEN n 24 33
Blue-eyed Blue Snow Spotted Bengal
76b 30a
BEN a 24 33

 

General Type Standard

The Bengal should be alert, friendly and affectionate and in excellent physical condition with a dependable temperament. The Bengals wild appearance is enhanced by its distinctive spotted or marbled tabby coat which should be thick and luxurious. The Bengal is a large to medium cat, sleek and muscular with a thick tail which is carried low. The females may be smaller than the males.

Head and Neck- Broad medium wedge with rounded contours, slightly longer than it is wide with high cheek bones. The head should be rather small in proportion to the body but not taken to extremes. The profile has a gentle curve from the forehead to the bridge of the nose. The line of the bridge of the nose extends to the nose leather making a very slight concave curve. The nose is large and broad with a slightly puffed nose leather. The muzzle should be full and broad with a rounded, strong chin and pronounced whisker pads created by the widely set canine teeth. The neck should be thick, muscular and in proportion to the body. Allowance should be made for jowls in adult males.

Ears- Medium to small, rather short with a wide base and rounded tips. Set as much on the side as on the top of the head, following the contour of the face in the front view and pointing forward in profile. Light horizontal furnishings are acceptable but ear tufts are undesirable.

Eyes- Almost round, oval preferred, large but not bold. Set on a slight slant toward the base of the ear.

Body- Long, sleek and muscular. Large to medium and robust with the hindquarters slightly higher than the shoulders, showing depth of flank.

Legs and Paws- Legs of medium length, strong and muscular. The hind legs should be a little longer than the front and be more robust. The paws should be large and rounded.

Tail- Medium length, thick and even, with a rounded tip; may be tapered towards the end.

Coat- Short to medium in length, very dense, luxurious and unusually soft to the touch. Allowance should be made for a slightly longer coat in kittens.

Bengal Tabby Pattern Descriptions

Spotted Pattern

The spectacles which encircle the eyes should preferably extend into vertical streaks which may be outlined by an "M" marking on the forehead. Broken streaks or spots run over the head on either side of a complex scarab marking, down the neck and onto the shoulders where they may break up into rosettes. Rosettes are formed by a part circle of spots around a distinctly lighter centre. Strong, bold chin strap, mascara markings, distinct broken or unbroken necklet(s) and blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks or spots are desirable. Spots may vary in size and shape but should be generally large, well formed and distributed at random, or in horizontal alignment. Contrast with the ground colour should be well defined giving a distinct pattern and a sharp outline to the spots. Arrowhead-shaped spots are desirable. Larger spots may be rosetted. This is preferred to single spotting but is not essential. The stomach must be spotted (except in Blue-Eyed Snow kittens). The legs may show broken horizontal lines and/or spots. The tail should have rings, streaks and/or spots along its length, with a solid dark-coloured tip. Spots should not run together vertically forming a mackerel tabby pattern.

Marbled Pattern

The spectacles which encircle the eyes should preferably extend into vertical streaks which may be outlined by an "M" marking on the forehead. Broken streaks run over the head on either side of a complex scarab marking, down the neck and onto the shoulders. Strong, bold chinstrap, mascaras markings, distinct broken or unbroken necklet(s) and blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks are desirable. There should be a distinct pattern with swirled patches or streaks, clearly defined but not symmetrical, giving the impression of marble, preferably with a horizontal flow. Contrast should be well defined with distinct shapes and sharp outlines. The stomach must be spotted (except in Blue-Eyed Snow kittens). The legs may show broken horizontal lines and/or spots. The tail may be ringed, marbled and/or spotted along its length, with a solid dark-coloured tip. The marbled markings should have as little similarity to the classic tabby as possible. A vertical striped mackerel tabby tendency is also undesirable.

Colour Descriptions for Spotted and Marbled Bengals

Brown Tabby

All variations are allowed but a high degree of rufous colour yielding a yellow, buff, golden or orange ground colour is preferred. Markings may be black or various shades of brown. There may be a light coloured "thumb print" on the back of each ear. A very pale colour, preferably white, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and chin and may extend onto the chest, underside and inner legs. Alternatively, the chest, underside and inner legs may be pale in contrast to the ground colour of the flanks and back. White or very light coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are desirable. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be brick red. Paw pads and tail tip must be black. Preference should be given to marbled cats with three or more shades; that is ground colour, markings and dark outlinings of these markings. The overall appearance should be of gold dusting. A grey base coat should not be penalised. Eye Colour-Gold, green or hazel, deep shades preferred.

Blue-Eyed Snow(Siamese restriction of coat pattern)

The ground colour should be ivory to cream. The pattern may vary in colour from charcoal to dark or light brown with light coloured spectacles, whisker pads and chin. There may be a light coloured "thumb print" on the back of each ear. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be brick red. Paw pads should be brown with rosy undertones. The colour may be darker on the points than on the body; as little contrast as possible is preferred. The tail tip must be dark brown or charcoal. The overall appearance should be of pearl dusting. Eye Colour-Blue, deep shades preferred.

AOC-Eyed Snow(Burmese/Tonkinese restriction of coat colour)

The ground colour should be ivory to tan, with the pattern clearly visible. The pattern may be charcoal or shades of brown with light coloured spectacles, whisker pads and chin. There may be a light coloured "thumb print" on the back of each ear. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be brick red. Paw pads should be dark brown with rosy undertones. The tail tip must be dark brown or charcoal. The overall appearance should be of pearl dusting. Eye Colour-Gold, green or blue-green.

Black Silver Tabby

Markings should be black on a silvery-white ground colour showing extreme contrast. The base of the hair should be glacial white. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. A very pale colour, preferably silvery-white, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and chin and may extend onto the chest, underside and inner legs. Silvery-white coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are desirable. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be brick red although a black nose leather is acceptable. Paw pads and tail tip must be black. There should be little or no tarnish (brown pigmentation) present in the coat colour. The overall appearance should be of diamond dusting but this is not essential. Eye Colour-Gold, green or hazel, deep shades preferred.

Blue-Eyed Silver Snow (Siamese restriction of coat pattern)

Markings may vary from charcoal or shades of brown on a silvery-white ground colour showing good contrast. The base of the hair should be glacial white. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. A very pale colour, preferably silvery-white, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and chin and may extend onto the chest, underside and inner legs. Silvery-white coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are desirable. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be brick red although a black nose leather is acceptable. Paw pads should be brown with rosy undertones. The tail tip must be dark brown or charcoal. The colour may be darker on the points than on the body; as little contrast as possible between the points and the body is preferred. There should be little or no tarnish (brown pigmentation) present in the coat colour. The overall appearance should be of diamond dusting but this is not essential. Eye Colour-Blue, deep shades preferred.

AOC-Eyed Silver Snow (Burmese/Tonkinese restriction of coat colour)

Markings may vary from charcoal to shades of brown on a silvery-white ground colour with the pattern clearly visible. The base of the hair should be glacial white. There may be a light coloured “thumb print” on the back of each ear. A very pale colour, preferably silvery-white, is highly desirable on the whisker pads and chin and may extend onto the chest, underside and inner legs. Silvery-white coloured spectacles encircling the eyes are desirable. The eye rims, lips and nose leather should be outlined in black and the centre of the nose leather should be brick red although a black nose leather is acceptable. Paw pads should be brown with rosy undertones. The tail tip must be dark brown or charcoal. There should be little or no tarnish (brown pigmentation) present in the coat colour. The overall appearance should be of diamond dusting but this is not essential. Eye Colour-Gold, green or blue-green.


SCALE OF POINTS

Head and Neck
15
Ears
5
Eye Shape and Colour
5
Body
20
Legs and Paws
10
Tail
5
Coat Texture
10
Coat Colour
10
Pattern and Contrast
20
TOTAL
100

Withhold All Awards for: Aggressive behaviour.

Withhold Certificates and First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

1... Long, rough or coarse coat.
2... Distinctly ticked coat.
3... Tail tip not the required colour.
4... Whip tail.
5... Stomach not spotted (except in Blue-Eyed Snow kittens and Blue-Eyed Silver Snow ......kittens).
6... Incorrect paw pad colour.
7... Oriental head type, e.g. straight profile, large flared ears.
8... Burmese head type, e.g. distinct nose break or ‘stop’.
9... Cobby or Abyssinian, Burmese or Oriental body type.
10. White patches or spots other than those referred to in the Colour descriptions.
11. Any other defect as listed in the preface to the GCCF SOP booklet.

 
 
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