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Bengal Colors

The four most common Bengal colors are Brown, Silver, blue and Snow.  But Bengals can also be , Cinnamon, Melanistic, Chocolate,  and Charcoal and/or a combination.

                 BROWN BENGALS

Brown bengals range from a very dark black spotted with grayish background (tawney) color, to an average (brown), to an extremely light tan color we call (Sorrell).  Sometimes the background takes on a reddish color that we call (rufoused).  As you can see by the pictures of brown Bengals below, brown is a wide range of colors. Each one is still registered as "brown".


Cool Brown

Sorrell Brown
Photo by Karen Soeteber



                                   SILVER BENGALS

Silver bengals have spots ranging from black (preffered) to grey.  To ge a silver kitten, only one parent has to carry the Silver gene.  Even though this gene is dominant, when a kitten is a silvered snow, it can be almost impossible to tell it is silver.  Two brown bengals can NEVER produce a silver kitten.

light silver on the left

Black spotted silver


                 SNOW BENGALS

Snow bengals are simply beautiful.  There are three different colors of snow.
LYNX SNOW- Lynx snows ALWAYS have blue eyes.  They are usually (but not always) born completely white with no pattern showing.  As they age, their pattern will usually darken.  The weather can also cause their coats to lighten or darken. Cold weather usually causes the color to darken.  As you can see by the two pictures below, not all lynx bengals have a light pattern. This lynx marble boy has both amazing color and amazing blue eyes.



The two pictures below depict a Lynx Bengal with a light pattern. It is very common for a Lynx to get red-eye when photographed.



MINK SNOW- Minks are almost always born with visible pattern. Their eyes do start out blue but as they age they will eventually turn Aqua, Green , or Gold/Amber color. Mink is the only snow color that cannot be carried recessively. This stunning Mink boy below has green eyes. I have him DNA tested to confirm that he is a Mink.


SEPIA SNOW- Sepia snows are born with pattern. They do not have blue or aqua eyes once they are adults. Their eyes vary in shades of yellow-green all the way to amber/brown. Basically, any color eyes a brown bengal can have.

                                       BLUE BENGALS

Blue Bengals are becoming more popular in the past few years.  They can sometimes be mistaken for silvers except they DO NOT have a black tail tip or any black on their body.  This gene is very common in our Bengals.  If you have a silver looking kitten born when you breed two brown bengals, it is a blue. Blues have a beautiful soft looking color to them that can sometimes include shades of peach.






                 Melanistic Bengals

 Melanistic Bengals have black spots on a black background. Sometimes the pattern is difficult to see and other times more visible. This color reminds breeders of the Black Panther.

Photo from Astarte Bengals.

Photo from Astarte Bengals.

                      Charcoal Bengals

Charcoal Bengals don't have any warm tones to thier color.  They have dark markings and a Black Mask on thier faces.  Since this gene isn't something breeders can DNA test for, the genetics behind its existence are only theory at this point , but there are a few breeders working very hard to figure it out.  The overwhelming concensus on this gene is that you have to have a mask to be considered a Charcoal. Again, there are also breeders who believe that no mask is needed.  Either way, they are stunning cats. Aug 2013 update. There is now a DNA test for charcoal.  Breeders can contact UC Davis for info.

Photo from Astarte Bengals.

As you can see by the picture below. Bengals can have a combination of colors.  This kitten pictured below is a Charcoal (note the mask) Mink (note the Aqua eyes)

Photo from Astarte Bengals.

Bengals come in two different patterns. There is spotted/rosetted and marbled. Marbling is a swirling of color that runs horizontally down the body. Marbles usually (but not always) have spotted tummies.

Picture by Karen Soeteber

Bengals are registered as either marbled or spotted.  Although this is true, there is a difference between a spot and a rosette.  A rosette is when a spot has two colors to it.  This could take the shape of an arrowhead, a doughnut, the letter C, a pawprint, or any funcy shape.  Most bengals have a combination of markings.

Doughnut Rosette

Two toned funky shaped rosettes

Spotted Bengal with NO Rosettes