An example of a Clouded Bengal – bred and owned by Elena Bolozan of Elysor Bengals, photo courtesy of Elena Bolozan.
The term ‘Clouded Bengal’ refers to a Bengal with a pattern of rosettes similar to that of the Clouded Leopard. Genetically they are spotted/rosetted but their rosettes are closely spaced with asymmetrical outlines, making them almost cloud shaped.
A Blue snow is a Bengal that encompasses both the Snow gene and the Blue gene. Often looking like regular snows to start with, the blue colour comes in as they age and creates a blue tinge to their coat. They also have blue tips to the ears and tail. Blue snows can come in Seal Lynx point, Seal Mink and Seal Sepia.
An example of a Blue Lynx Point (cs/cs, d/d) – Absolut Angels Love of WildlifeCats, owned by Silvia Hahner of WildlifeCats. Photo courtesy of Silvia Hahner, photo by Yunchastyle. Notice the Blue tail and tips of ears.
An example of a Blue mink (cb/cs, d/d) – Junglekatz Makawao Snowman. Owned by Elizabeth Thompson, photo courtesy of Elizabeth Thompson. Notice the light blue colouration of his coat.
An example of a Blue Sepia (cb/cb, d/d) – Lima des tip top Bengals owned by Lucie Leroty of Chatterie de Ganesha Bengal, photo courtesy of Lucie Leroty. Blue Sepia is the darkest of the Blue Snows.
The kitten on the left is a Silver Seal Lynx Point Snow, the kitten on the right is a regular Seal Lynx Point Snow. Notice the ears and cooler colouration of the silver kitten compared to her brother.
The Silver Snow is a Snow Bengal with the inhibitor gene. They are often cooler coloured than a regular snow, with silver/grey points to the ears and a silver hue to their coat. Because silver is dominant only one gene is required for the cat to appear silver in colour. A silver snow is either I/I or I/i, as well as cs/cs for Lynx point, cs/cb for mink and cb/cb for sepia.
An example of a Silver Seal Lynx Point Snow – Suntouched Asha. Owned by Linda Dunion of Supernova Bengals, photo courtesy of Linda Dunion.
An example of a Silver Seal Mink Snow – Sundara Maximus. Bred and owned by Lisa Hudson of Sundara Bengals, photo courtesy of Lisa Hudson.
An example of a Silver Sepia Snow. Bred by Corinne Conus of chatterie Rois-Soleil, photo courtesy of Corinne Conus.
An example of a Solid Blue Bengal (a/a, d/d), bred by Alison Brady of PureBengalsGB, photo courtesy of Alison Brady.
A solid Blue is a melanistic Blue, genetically a/a d/d. They are darker than regular Blues, with a dark Blue colour throughout the coat and don’t have the mask and cape of a charcoal. Like melanistics, their markings can be seen in the right lighting.
A solid snow is a melanistic snow. These cats are genetically a/a and either cs/cs (lynx point) cs/cb (mink) or cb/cb (sepia) depending on which type of snow they are. The colouration is darker than that of a regular snow, with dark facial markings and dark points on the ears and tail.
An example of a Solid Lynx Point Snow (a/a, cs/cs) – bred by Jessika Meger of Wildrose Bengals, photo courtesy of Jessika Meger.
An example of a Solid Mink Snow (a/a, cs/cb) – Osiris Hisis of PurebengalsGB. Photo courtesy of Alison Brady of PureBengalsGB.
An example of a Solid Sepia Snow (a/a, cb/cb) – Cedarwood. Owned by Ines Stumboeck of Haaymaaks Bengals, photo courtesy of Ines Stumboeck.
The silver inhibitor gene can also co-exist with the Blue gene, giving a silver hue to a blue coat. It is often difficult to tell silver blues from regular blues when they are kittens, but the colouration comes out as they age. These cats are genetically either I/I d/d or I/i d/d.
An example of a Blue Silver Marble Bengal – Silvertrace Chanel, owned by Kim Davies of Catwalk Bengals, photo courtesy of Kim Davies.
An example of a Blue Silver Rosetted Bengal – Catwalk Cacharel, bred and owned by Kim Davies of Catwalk Bengals, photo courtesy of Kim Davies.
An example of a Silver Charcoal – Garra de Kato Edelstan, bred and owned by Irina Simanovich of Garra de Kato. Photo courtesy of Irina Simanovich, photo by Karpova Lyubov.
The Silver Charcoal, like the Brown is dark with a mask and often a cape. The Silver Charcoal is a cat that encompasses both the inhibitor (silver) gene and the charcoal genes so will be either I/I Apb/a or I/i Apb/a.
Charcoal snows have the facial mask and cape of the charcoal pattern, however as they are lighter in colour than the Brown or Silver we can see the darker points on the ears and tail. As with the regular snow colours Charcoal snows come in Seal Lynx Point, Seal Mink and Seal Sepia.
An example of a Seal Lynx Point snow Charcoal (Apb/a, cs/cs). Bred by Silvia Hahner of WildlifeCats, photo courtesy of Silva Hahner. This is the lightest of the snow charcoals and as such the charcoal mask is most apparent. Notice also the darker colouration on the tips of ears and feet.
An example of a Seal Lynx Point double Charcoal carrier – AsuraCats Shiya (Apb/Apb). If you compare Shiya to the Lynx Point Charcoal kitten above you will notice that although she still possesses a mask it is lighter.
An example of a Seal Mink snow Charcoal (Apb/a, cs/cb) – MerryBoo Sahara of AsuraCats. Notice that although she still possesses a mask and cape, her colouration is different due to the snow influence.
An example of a Seal Sepia snow Charcoal (Apb/a, cb/cb) – Amazontw Coober. Owned by Tina Clarke of Andina Bengals, photo courtesy of Tina Clarke. Sepia is the darkest of the snow charcoals.
PureBengalsGB Baloo AsuraCats – a rare Blue Charcoal (Apb/a, d/d). Notice that although he still has a mask it is subtle due to his dilute (Blue) colouration.
PureBengalsGB Baloo – Blue rosetted charcoal. Notice his dark blue colour, not typical of a Blue Bengal.
Blue charcoals are dark blue in colouration. Their facial markings and cape, although clearly visible, aren’t as striking as in Brown/silver charcoals due to the dilute (Blue) gene coming into play. The Blue Charcoal is very rare, with only a select few breeders working with the colour. We are very proud to say that we at AsuraCats are one of those breeders, and will be doing a Blue Charcoal to Blue Charcoal mating soon – watch this space!
Often a Blue Bengal’s colour becomes more peachy and less Blue as they age, this is not the case with a Blue Charcoal. Equally it appears that Blue cats that hold the charcoal (Apb) or non-agouti (a) genes stay a truer shade of Blue, with better contrast. Silver breeders have been working with charcoal and non-agouti genes for years in an effort to reduce tarnish, and I believe that it may work for the Blues also.
Notice the difference between these two brothers – the kitten on the left is a Blue Charcoal and the kitten on the right is a Blue solid. Kittens were bred by Alison Brady of PureBengalsGB, photo courtesy of Alison Brady.
Frosted kittens have temporary long white hairs covering their coat from birth, hence masking the colour. Frosted kittens will appear one colour at birth but then over the weeks their coat will gradually clear and they will become their true colour. Often frosted kittens are mistaken for Blue Bengals.
If you look at the pictures below you will see a frosted kitten’s transformation – Summerspride Miracle Tiffanys Gift, who was bred and owned by Julie Cleaver at Summerspride Bengals. All photos courtesy of Summerspride Bengals, many thanks to Julie and Andy for these wonderful pictures.
1 week – Summerspride Miracle Tiffanys Gift and Brown spotted sisters. The frosted kitten is the one in the middle.
9 days – Frosted kitten Summerspride Miracle Tiffanys Gift and Brown spotted siblings. The little frosted girl appears Blue.
2 weeks – Summerspride Miracle Tiffanys Gift, still heavily frosted and appears blue in colour.
Summerspride Miracle Tiffanys Gift at 18 days, notice that her coat is just starting to clear.
3 weeks – Summerspride Miracle Tiffanys Gift, notice her coat is clearing further.
4 weeks – Summerspride Miracle Tiffanys Gift. Her coat has now totally cleared and she is a beautiful example of a Brown rosetted kitten.