- Chris Quinn
Snow Bengal Cats Look Like Tiny Leopards
The Snow Bengal Cat is the coolest cat you'll ever see. Looking like a mini snow leopard, this cool cat (no pun intended!) is definitely a domestic cat you want to know about.
Resembling the oh-so-magnificent Snow Leopard, the Snow Bengal cat is a cat breed that originated from Bengal cats.
This Bengal breed was developed by cross-breeding brown Bengal cats with Siamese cats -- and ta-da! -- the Snow Bengal kitten was born!
In order to talk about this gorgeous white Bengal breed, we have to go back to the OG -- the original Bengal cat. In the 1960s, the Bengal cat was created to meet the desires of having a "wild cat look" but with traits of a domestic cat.
Today's Bengal cats can be traced back and accredited to a cat breeder in California by the name of Jean Mill. She started her breeding program of Bengals in 1963, where she bred the modern-day Bengal cat for the first time when she crossed an Asian Leopard cat with a domestic shorthaired black tomcat. Due to its popularity, other cat breeders started breeding Bengals. Many people, including Bengal breeders, admires the cat breed because of their range of coat patterns and colors.
Developed from Bengals, the man-made Snow Bengal cat was created in the 1980s and 1990s when two breeders were looking to expand their gene pool, crossing Bengal cats with Siamese cats. This resulted in beautiful "snowy" white coated Bengals with blue eyes. The albino gene in the Siamese gene pool is what gives Snow Bengals that beautiful and pristine base coat color.