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Colour Genetics

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The Bengal Breed standard can be found here: This is the standard that I use as a reference when breeding my Bengals. I have also added the TICA Breed standard: TICA Bengal Standard as there are a few differences between CCCA and TICA.

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Brown (C)

The Brown colour in Bengals is dominant, meaning that you only need one Brown parent to produce Brown kittens. The term Brown in a Bengal can mean any ground colour between a greyish brown, light tan, golden or orange with a high degree of rufousing. The pattern can be virtually black or shades of brown or tan. Brown Bengals can have Gold Glitter, giving their coat the appearance of being dusted with gold. The tail tip on Brown Bengals should always be black. They can have green, gold or hazel eyes with in CCCA. The TICA Bengal Breed standard notes that the "eye colour is independent of coat colour except in Lynx Points". This means that the Brown Bengals can have any eye colour.


Here are some examples of Brown kittens born here at Adabel Bengals showing the different shades of Brown.

A young Adabel Kitten showing cool Brown colouring

Adabel Tiny Temptress showing warm Brown colouring

Adabel Marble Mitch showing off his hazel eyes

Adabel Tiny Temptress showing her green eyes

A homozygous Brown cat is C/C, meaning he is not carrying another colour. This cat to any other colour will only produce Brown kittens. Our previous stud GDCH Benzots Adabel Ryder is homozygous Brown, as seen here Ryder DNA Result


A heterozygous Brown cat can be C/cs or C/cb, meaning they are a Brown cat carrying either the Siamese Gene that gives us Seal Lynx Point, or the Burmese gene that gives us Seal Sepia. A C/cs can produce Brown, Seal Lynx Point or Seal Mink kittens in the right mating. A C/cb can produce Brown, Seal Sepia or Seal Mink kittens. I will discuss this is more detail under the snow section. One of our first kittens Adabel Summer Daisy is a heterozygous Brown, as seen here Summer DNA Result

Snow Bengals

Seal Lynx Point (cs/cs)

The lightest colour in the "snow" Bengals. They have cream or white backgrounds with dark or light Seal Brown markings. Their tail tip is dark Seal Brown as are their paw pads. They are well known for their stunning Blue eyes. Seal Lynx Point kittens are born pure white, or with a light visible pattern which will darken over time

A very young Adabel Orion showing a faint Spotted pattern

Adabel Silky Mist a Seal Lynx Point Marble

Adabel Silky Mist showing the beautiful Blue eyes Seal Lynx Point's have

Seal Mink (cb/cs)

The Seal Mink background is ivory, cream or light tan with darker markings. They have beautiful aqua eyes. The TICA Bengal Breed standard notes that the "eye colour is independent of coat colour except in Lynx Points". This means that the Seal Mink Bengals can have any eye colour.


Seal Mink is a genetic blend between Seal Lynx Point (cs) and Seal Sepia (cb). Seal Mink cannot be carried, you need one cs and one cb gene to get a Seal Mink. If you are building a "snow" program Seal mink cats are very valuable.

CH Adabel Caleyi at 4 months showing a Mink Rosetted pattern

CH Adabel Midnight Martini showing a Mink Marble pattern

GCH RainForest Taro Hunter showing his beautiful eye colour. While it looks blue here, when sitting next to a Lynx girl, it's very much Aqua

Seal Sepia (cb/cb)

The darkest of the "snow" bengals. The Seal Sepia has a similar colour background to the Seal Mink but have darker markings.

Seal Sepia is recessive, so they too do not carry another colour. All Seal Sepia cats are genetically cb/cb.

Adabel BlackLabel Freya showing her green eyes

Silver (I)

Silver is not a "colour", but lack thereof. The Silver Bengal is due to an Inhibitor gene that stops the production of Pheomelanin. As the Inhibitor gene is dominant, you only need one Silver parent to get Silver kittens.

The Black Silver Bengal should have a pure silver-white ground colour with black markings. Their eye colour should be green or gold in CCCA. The TICA Bengal Breed standard notes that the "eye colour is independent of coat colour except in Lynx Points". This means that the Black Silver Bengals can have any eye colour.

A highly contrasted Silver kitten from Bansuli Bengals
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