Bengal Cats & Bengal Cat Breeders

Bengal cats are highly intelligent, active and talkative.  Their prey instinct is high, and smaller family pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs need to be protected. They get on well with cat friendly dogs and larger animals but should be introduced to them slowly, and in a controlled environment.

 

Overall their temperament is excellent, however male Bengals mature early and need to be desexed prior to sale to make sure they do not become aggressive and too hard to handle.  Bengals will usually live indoors with a secure outdoor enclosure to stretch their legs, exercise, and get fresh air.   An enclosure is important as a bengal will hunt wildlife.

 

Ideal Owner for the Bengal Cat

Bengals are recommended for a more experienced cat owner with adequate housing space.  The owner needs to be very patient and understanding and able to deal with their active and demanding personalities.   They will get out of the way of toddlers and enjoy being with school aged children who treat them with respect.  

 

Space and Exercise for the Bengal Cat

Bengals are very active, intelligent and playful. If they get bored, they have the potential to adopt some bad habits that can be destructive. Like all cats they need climbing equipment, and puzzles that will test their “brain power”. They love to play games and will happily play a game of fetch.

 

The Bengal needs a large enriched environment preferably with access to an enclosed out door area.

 

Potential Health Issues for the Bengal Cat 

Always enquire about the general health and DNA testing history of the parents of the kitten you are buying. There are potential genetic problems in their ancestry that can sommetimes also appear in the Bengal. Not all problems have a clear cut DNA test available for them, but none-the-less good breeders do not breed from cats which show unsoundness that might be hereditry.

 

The following diseases have been seen in the breed:

  • Distal neuropathy, a nervous system disorder that causes weakness. It can occur in Bengals as early as 1 year of age. Fortunately, many cats recover without requiring treatment.
  • Flat-chested kitten syndrome, a deformity that can range from mild to severe. Kittens who survive to adulthood usually show no signs once they reach maturity.
  • Hip dysplasia, which in severe cases can cause lameness.
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that can be genetic in some breeds.
  • Patellar luxation, a genetic condition that may cause dislocation of the kneecap with cases ranging from mild to severe. Severe cases can be alleviated with surgery.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative eye disease.

 

Bengal Cat FAQs

Are Bengal cats good for families?

Bengal cats are very intelligent and active. They are best suited to active families with older children. Not suited for a family who does not have experience with owning cats or limited space.

 

Are Bengal cats legal in Australia?

Yes you can have Bengal cats in Australia.  All of them are at least 4th Generation.  Special authorisation is required to import Bengals into Australia.

 

What age do Bengal cats live to?

The life expectancy is 12 to 16 years.

 

How much do Bengal cats cost?

The price range is $350 for an adopted Bengal to $2500 for a registered show cat.

 

How big do Bengals get?

 Weight: Males weigh on average between 4.5-6.8kg and females 3.6-5.4kg

 

Thanks to Okelani Bengals &  Ashmiyah Bengals for the gorgeous photos

 

Check our listings for Kittens for sale here and click on the links to our breeders below to go to their profile page.  You can also click here to search for Registered Bengal Breeders by location.  

 

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Registered Bengal Breeders

Adabel Snow Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - Adelaide, South Australia
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We are a Bengal breeder in South Australia specialising in the stunning Snow ... read more
Arrowfield Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - Geelong, Victoria
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My aim is to produce Bengals with exceptional quality, strong type, beautiful ... read more
Atistaldi Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - South Brisbane, QLD
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We are an in home, closed cattery located south of Brisbane. This means we ... read more
Aussieposhpaws Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - Brisbane, Queensland
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We are a small registered cattery located in Jimboomba, approximately 40 ... read more
Aziz Bengal Cattery - Bengal Cat Breeder,  Hunter Valley
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If you are interested in knowing more about the Bengal cat or considering ... read more
Bairnsdale Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - East Gippsland, VIC
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We breed beautiful Bengal cats and are located on the outskirts of Bairnsdale ... read more
Bengal breeder Port Stephens NSW
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Bengali Bengals is a registered breeder with Ancats Australia - 12518 read more
Bengal Manor - Bengal Cat Breeder - Perth, Western Australia
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Breeders of quality Bengal kittens. read more
Benglenan Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - Albury, NSW
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BENGLENAN is a small in-home cattery located in Albury on the border of NSW and ... read more
Benonara Bengals Australia - Bengal Cat Breeder - Gundaroo, NSW
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Breeder of quality brown and snow bengal kittens. read more
Biboohra Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder, Queensland
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Breeding the purrfect breeder, show or pet kitten with amazing temperaments and ... read more
EliteCats Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - Gold Coast, Queensland
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We are a medium size cattery situated on the Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. We are ... read more
ENVE Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder
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Enve bengals providing quality, healthy bengals kittens. Breeding for show or ... read more
Glenparth Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - Taggerty, Victoria
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Glenparth Bengals is based in the picturesque Rubicon Valley, nestled between ... read more
Hillside Lodge Little Leopards - Bengal Cat Breeder - Sydney, NSW
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Hillside Lodge Little Leopards is a small Bengal breeding program in Glenorie, ... read more
Jabring Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - Tasmania
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Jabring Bengals is a small cattery located in Beautiful Tasmania. We are ... read more
JunglePaws Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
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We are a small professional cattery located in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs

We ... read more
Lasskats - Bengal breeder - Perth, WA
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Lasskats is a small family run cattery based in the Perth hills. We provide ... read more
Paintedgem Bengals - Bengal Cat Breeder- Western Australia
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Hello, my name is Troy and i have a small cattery in the southwest of Western ... read more
Quarterash Bengals, Performance horses and Photography
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I am a registered breeder of Bengals and Russian Blues.

I am also heavily ... read more