The Spotted Bengal
This is the most popular Bengal pattern. Spots can have various sizes, from small to very large ones. They can be of one tone (single spots) or of two-tones (rosettes).
The coat is covered with horizontally aligned or random spots on the body. We want the spots and rosettes to be as dark as possible, on a back round as light and clear as possible, to have extreme contrast.
Single spots actually refer to monochrome spots. We can find this kind of pattern on Cheetahs for example.
Rosettes refer to two-tones spots. The center of the spot has to be darker than the backround, and it should be surrounded by another color, even darker. There are various kinds of rosettes : Paw-print rosettes, donut rosettes, arrow-head rosettes and clouded rosettes. All the kinds of rosettes are preferred to spots, but they are not required.
There are various kinds of rosettes :
We like to have as much contrast as possible between the back round color and the pattern. White bellies and undersides, blotchy horizontal shoulders, mascara markings, a bold strap on the chin, spotted legs and rosetted tails are also appreciated. The belly should be spotted.
Vertical stripes, and spots running vertically on the body are undesirable. There shouldn’t be any locket either.
The Marbled Bengal
This pattern is actually a derivation of the Blotched Tabby Stripes, but with swirls of at least two colors. The more colors the better. The pattern should be random, with a horizontal flow. We like to see as much contrast as possible. The belly should be spotted. Vertical stripes, and circular Bull’s-Eyes are undesirable. There shouldn’t be any locket either.