Showing Blue Bengals:

GCCF have just granted Blue Bengals preliminary show status. Blue Bengals will now be able to compete in the "assessment class" for merits at GCCF shows. TICA allows showing under "new traits" classes but this does not qualify for championship status. (TICA "new traits" is similar to GCCF's "assessment" classes)

About the blues......

What is a BLUE Bengal? The colour gene responsible for producing a "blue" Bengal cat is known as a recessive gene; that is, it may be carried by any colour and pattern type of a Bengal Cat, without the blue gene necessarily showing up in the cat. When a blue male Bengal is bred to a blue female Bengal, you will get an entire litter of all blue Bengal kittens. However, it is quite possible for two non-blue Bengals to mate and, if both recessively carry this colour gene, produce some blue kittens in their resulting litter, or in future generations if the gene continues to be recessively carried by the offspring. The picture aside is of our gorgeous German import Chanel.

The blue Bengal is not a recognized colour here in the U.K, although they can still be registered with GCCF but they are not allowed to be shown, however, blues can be shown with Tica under the new trait division but sadly they cannot reach champion status like the other colours.  Interestingly, breeders who have had quite a bit of experience with the blue Bengals have found that when dealing with a recessive gene such as the blue colour gene, often other recessive genes come in to play in the same kitten, such as desirable large spots in the spotted pattern, the "glitter" gene, which also produces some of the softest and most pelted coats in the Bengal cat. This is one reason why in some areas, blue Bengals are gaining rapidly in popularity, and some breeders are choosing to work specifically with the blue Bengals to try to get this colour recognized within the official Bengal breed standard in its own colour class and division.

Blue Bengals can also show a soft peach undercoat, and often have a special softness and elegance to them creating their own unique style. The way the blue colour gene works (and "blue" is considered a dilute colour form of the traditional "brown" tabby colour), there can be blue spotted and marbled Bengals; blue lynxpoint spotted and marbled Bengals; blue mink spotted and marbled Bengals, blue sepia spotted and marbled Bengals, etc.