Marble Bengal Cat

ZenDada Bengals – operated by Julie Gracie Moseley

Marble Bengal cat – ZenDada Bengals – Brown marbles – four boys and two girl

ZenDada Bengals is well known for “killer marbles” (meaning, as you probably guessed, superb Bengal marbles). Julie Gracie Moseley has kindly allowed me to reproduce her photographs on my website. Julie has a large number of excellent photographs partly because the subject matter is so good.

I have selected 6 photographs of a current litter (Sept 2007). They were born on 26th August 2007. The parents are ZenDada Sun Dog (the stud father) and Goldcharm Lucia (the queen, mother). Parents and offspring are fine examples of the Marble Bengal cat.

Julie primarily sells to other breeders who specialize in marbles.

I am presenting the 6 kittens in this manner for these reasons:

  • the collage of photographs in a contact sheet form shows of the fabulous marbling. Such fine quality.
  • the collage also demonstrates the subtle and yet distinct differences in the pattern. It seems that this difference, at least from this angle (and Julie took the photograph from above to show off the pattern, I am sure) is most noticeable around the neck where a specific pattern is formed.
ZenDada Sun Dog

Julie emphasises that she breeds for both personality and looks giving equal importance to both; the hallmark of a top quality cat breeder, if I may say so.

This is an informal photograph of the father SunDog. I like the way he is on top of the door like a leopard in the wild.

Julie is rightly very proud of SunDog. She is very excited about him. Julie has retired her other studs and is focusing on Brown Marble Tabbies in 2007. He won the Breeder’s Choice Award for Best Marble Kitten at “On Safari 2005”. His pattern is like that of a King Cheetah (embossed), with the background fur shorter than the raised black pattern.

SunDog by Helmi Flick – a great formal portrait

Helmi Flick has taken a great photo of this boy. He is extremely impressive.

About the marble pattern

As last, but not least, further down this page there is a picture of the mother, also by Helmi. Lucia is Julie’s SBT marble queen. Julie says that her marble pattern is one of the best she has seen. Emphasizing that there is no bullseye and that the pattern has a “long horizontal flow”. A classic marble Bengal cat.

The outline to the pattern is “intensely black” and no break at the perimeter (producing a clearly defined pattern).

Julie says that the pattern has “fallen out” from the middle, slowly. This is tri-colored marble characteristic. This produces the best contrast when it happens over the 1st year or 2.

Julie is particularly enthusiastic about Lucia’s wild type. For those who might not know this refers to an appearance that is close to the ALC (asian leopard cat). This means you get the great appearance of the wild cat and the fine temperament of the Bengal cat – the goal of all Bengal cat breeders.

Apparently, Jean Mill (the founding breeder of Bengal cats) says what gives the wild look is “wide whisker pads, big nocturnal eyes, rounded forehead, a pinch behind the whiskerpads, no nose “break”–that is an almost straight profile, puffy nose leather, and the white encircling the eyes and muzzle”.

Goldcharm Lucia of ZenDada

Julie explains that the head should appear small in relation to the size of the cat. Lucia has the ideal head profile which is round with ears that are low set and “wide-based”. Lucia has “puffy whisker pads”, something that Bengal breeders love to see.

As to Lucia’a body it is low and long, with a slinky posture reminiscent of the ALC.

Diana Starr of Goldcharm Bengals entrusted this lovely marble Bengal cat to Julie to breed from.

Please click on this link if you’d like to go to the Zendada Bengals website.

Go to the main Bengal cat page: Bengal Cats for Sale. This page has lots of information and links.

Go to Bengal Cat SUNDOG to see a picture by Julie of his 3D Stripe Lines down his back.



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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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