The Snow gene like the marble gene is recessive and this is a highly sought after and very beautiful cat. When glittered they have a pearl dusting effect on the coat and often Snows have incredibly soft pelts. You can also get Blue Snows and Silver Snows in marbled and spotted patterns.
There are 3 types of Snow Bengal – Seal Lynx point, Seal Sepia and Seal Mink. The following examples are all snow marbles.
Seal Lynx Point (Blue eyed Snow) cs,cs (Siamese gene)
An example of a marble Seal Lynx point (cs/cs) – Slavess Falkor, bred by Ren Slaven. Photo courtesy of Ren Slaven.
These cats are from the Siamese colourpoint restriction gene and always have blue eyes and a light coat. They tend to be born white with little or no markings and over time their coat darkens to a light cream and their pattern starts to show through.
They are the only type of Snow (and indeed Bengal) to have blue eyes as adults. They have slight dark points on their ears and tail but these are ideally not darker than their spots. Their spotted or marble pattern ranges in colour, usually brownish grey or light tan. The Seal Lynx point is the lightest of the Snow Bengals.
Seal Sepia (Any other colour eyed Snow) cb,cb (Burmese gene)
An example of a marble Seal Sepia (cb/cb) – QGC Bagheera Godiva Ripple of OhMy, owned by OhMy cats, photo courtesy of Pat Harbert, photo by Helmi.
The Seal Sepia comes from the Burmese gene being added into the Bengal breeding program. This was intentionally added to create more contrast in Snow Bengals. The Seal Sepia is much darker in colour than the Seal Lynx point; its markings are often dark brown on a cream or tan background. They have green or gold coloured eyes.
Seal Mink (AOC eyed snow- Tonkinese restriction of coat colour) cb (Burmese), cs (Siamese)
An example of a marble Seal Mink Bengal (cs/cb) – Southlynn Ripples Dream, photo by Helmi. Photo courtesy of Southlynn Bengals.
The Seal Mink came about when the Siamese colourpoint restriction gene (which creates a Seal Lynx point) and the Burmese gene (which creates a Seal Sepia) were mixed. The Seal Minks tend to have darker markings than the Seal Lynx point but lighter than the Seal Sepia. These cats will have turquoise or green eyes. Their coat colour is ivory, cream or light tan.
The Seal Mink Bengal is a result of the mixing of the two other Snow genes, but unlike them it cannot be carried recessively. Because a kitten takes one gene from each parent, in order to produce a Seal Mink one or both parents must be a Seal Mink. Or one parent must be Seal Sepia (or carry the gene) and one parent must be Seal Lynx Point (or carry the gene).
So….. if a Seal Sepia (cb,cb) mates with a Seal Lynx Point (cs,cs) all kittens will be cb,cs therefore Seal Mink. Whereas if a Seal Lynx Point (cs,cs) mates with a Seal Mink (cb,cs) the kittens (taking one gene from each) can either be cs,cs (Seal Lynx Point) or cs,cb (Seal Mink) but cannot be cb,cb (Seal Sepia).