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what is the difference between a tabby cat and a bengal cat

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what seperates a tabby from a bengal?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
Tabby is a color pattern of stripes or blotches to the fur.
A Bengal cat is a purebreed cat that fits a breed standard above and beyond the coloring of the coat. You can see the breed standard here and some pictures too
A bengal should not have traditional tabby striping in the pattern called mackerel tabby. This is a thin verticle striping pattern.
You can see the different patterns in the tabby color family here
Hope this helps you!