Charcoal Bengals look like superheroes with a mask and cape!
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Charcoal is actually considered a pattern. There is not quite as much known about these cats, who appear to wear a dark mask and have a dark cape. Charcoal can come on top of any “base” color (i.e. brown, snow, silver, etc).
There is now a genetic test which lets breeders know if a cat is charcoal or if they can produce it.
To get charcoal kittens, one parent or both parents MUST be charcoal or carry wild Agouti (Apb). If only one parent carries Apb, the other MUST be or carry melanistic/solid to get charcoals.
Elysian Bengals, owned by Meghan Wall, is at the forefront of charcoal Bengals.
Melanistic Bengals look just like a wild black panther!
Melanistic Bengals have the same gene that make black panthers.
Melanistic (solid or "self-colored") Bengals are similar to a charcoal Bengals. However, they will have a base color and pattern color that are the same - just like a black panther!
For instance, with a brown Bengal, they would have black background with black spots. A solid Blue would have a blue background with a blue pattern.
The thing about solids is that their pattern is nearly indistinguishable from their background color except in certain lighting conditions. Any color can be solid.
Learn even more!
Bengal Cat Colors: Rarest to Most Common