Like all thoroughbred cats, "Bengalis" are divided into classes. The higher the animal class, the more expensive it is. If you buy a kitten in a proven kennel, then you definitely get all the information about it and the characteristic, so you know exactly what you can count on.
So, let's start with the very top of the "class ladder."

Top show class

This is an ideal choice for those owners who plan not only to participate in exhibitions, but also to win prizes. The "Bengalese" in this category should be aged 3 months or more. Licensed experts should evaluate it. In the "portfolio" of such a pet there must be certificates of prestigious exhibitions, competitions and awards.

Show class

Even if the kitten is only 6-7 weeks old, you can already enroll it in this class. Experts determine the correspondence to the class, relying on the phenotype, potential and history of the kittens of previous litters from these parents. The breeder can only assume that the pet will successfully participate in exhibitions and, possibly, will go to the top show class. However, the opposite may happen - the kitten will not be able to match this category afterwards.
If such a situation arises, the class will be lowered.
Nevertheless, the phenotype of such kittens is as much as possible identical to the breed standard, therefore they are externally ideal "Bengalis".


The breed class includes animals that match several parameters.

1. Cats that do not "hold out" to the show class by external characteristics, but this does not prevent them from producing offspring that conform to breed standards. Kittens from such parents can easily get into the show class, perform at exhibitions and take prizes.

2. Cats that do not have any disqualifying attributes, but still there are slight deviations from the breed standard. This can be, for example, too large ears, fuzzy patterns of color, long hair, soft profile, etc. These shortcomings can be corrected in the offspring, competently selecting partners for such animals.

In this case, "Bengalese" of the breed class can also participate in exhibitions. However, it is often not necessary to count on estimates higher than the initial ones. Although the appearance of a cat is a subjective matter, and in the documents (metrics, pedigrees) the class is not indicated, except when the cat has no right to pedigree reproduction because of obvious shortcomings.

Pat class

These are thoroughbred pets of their owners who have either disqualifying attributes or a weak phenotype. In exhibitions they can not participate and are not used for breeding. However, this does not prevent them from being favorites for their owners. If you choose a pet-class kitten, this does not mean that you will get a sick or ugly animal. After disqualification, according to the judging, it may be, for example, too thick caudal vertebra or a white "jabot" on the chest. And for loving owners, this "defect" does not matter at all.