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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:10 am 
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Am I the only one that thinks that melanistic bengals just look like regular black cats? Maybe its because Ive only seen pictures of them. Do they look alot different in real life? Everyone says they look like mini panthers but they look similar to regular black cats to me!


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I think a key difference would be that they are exceptionally self-absorbed black cats. ;)


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Merlin, my melanistic is only 5 months old so has a lot of developing to do so I can't say for sure how he's going to turn out. From a distance he possibly does look similar to a standard black cat, albeit with the trademark Bengal body shape and gait (and of course personality). However, when you get closer up you are struck by the tightness of his coat and the intense gloss on it. You can also see the shadow spots underneath in certain lights which is fascinating.

Maybe not a panther but no more a regular cat than a standard Bengal could be called a tabby :lol:

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The breeder I bought my Bella from has a melanistic stud she showed me when I was there, and he is the biggest cat I have ever seen in my life! He has a lovely temperamant though - she let me hold him and he was like an enormous, heavy, black furry baby :) His face shape also looked more like a pantha than a regular cat. Colour-wise, he was jet black so I guess that's not unusual, though he still has the bengal coat softness.


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"panther" even! Sorry about my rubbish typing!


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Judging by what I have seen of Ginny's Merlin I would say that they are no way like a standard black moggie. As Ginny says his drips gloss and has such a great slinky body shape. I would love one! :D

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ginnym wrote:
Merlin, my melanistic is only 5 months old so has a lot of developing to do so I can't say for sure how he's going to turn out. From a distance he possibly does look similar to a standard black cat, albeit with the trademark Bengal body shape and gait (and of course personality). However, when you get closer up you are struck by the tightness of his coat and the intense gloss on it. You can also see the shadow spots underneath in certain lights which is fascinating.

Maybe not a panther but no more a regular cat than a standard Bengal could be called a tabby :lol:


I can only reiterate what Ginny says above. The melanistics are for those people who have the urge to own something different...something special, and something to be treasured, with purrsonality thrown in for good measure. :wink: (Merlin is a stunner in every way!) :D
If you are not looking for any of these traits then it is likely that a Bengal of any colour wouldn't be suitable for your household. :wink:
You need to have it 'in you' to want and love the Bengal as it is......whatever the colour or standard. :D JMHO!

We love 'em all, regardless! :D

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bengalbuddy wrote:
Am I the only one that thinks that melanistic bengals just look like regular black cats? Maybe its because Ive only seen pictures of them. Do they look alot different in real life? Everyone says they look like mini panthers but they look similar to regular black cats to me!


That is the reason why the Bengal breed is unlikely to accept them.
One argument is that in rescue they will not be recognised as Bengals, as rescue black cats are one of the colours least likely to find a new home then they will be pts.

I think the type on some will be stunning and will immediately be recognisable, but for others it will be impossible to separate from other black cats.

Bengal?

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Oh !!!!! Love that middle photo 8)

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junglerose wrote:
as rescue black cats are one of the colours least likely to find a new home then they will be pts.


Bit off topic, but I've heard that from lots of places and have never understood why it's the case. I can understand why black Bengals aren't popular because they've not got the classic appearance but in rescue I would have thought black cats would be popular.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:31 pm 
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Elaine ~

To me the first picture does not look like a Bengal, but the rest do.

I agree that the melanistics coats are amazingly shiny. They are often slinky, and if you get one with good type, they do remind me of little panthers, especially if their ears are small. They are in no way shape or form moggyish to me. Usually in the sunlight, they are black on black, the pattern being blacker than the ground color, which seems to take on a reddish tinge in the sunlight. My melanistic's does, anyway. I love the melanistics.

Merlin is a doll! >^..^<

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:43 pm 
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Bengal Fan wrote:

Merlin is a doll! >^..^<


I agree!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:50 pm 
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trudint wrote:
Bengal Fan wrote:

Merlin is a doll! >^..^<


I agree!


So do I :lol: :lol: although right now he's draped across my right arm which is making typing difficult :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:30 pm 
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Bengal Fan wrote:
Elaine ~

To me the first picture does not look like a Bengal, but the rest do.


Anyone else want to guess? :)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:32 pm 
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Mmmm...maybe the second one...but possibly none are Bengals?? :?:

My second guess would be the one at the bottom might be a Bengal :D

A difficult one!! :lol:

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