The Toyger cat breed was cultivated bu Judy Sudgen, a daughter of Jean Mill (Sudgen) – the breeder who cultivated the famed Bengal cat. As her mother, she was concerned about the Tiger poaching and it was her way to fight poaching – create a domestic cat which would look like tigers.
She started the breeding program in 1980s and it was a long way with hard work on each stage. Nearly 40 different cats of different origins took part in a development of Toygers. Each cat added the best out of their gene pool and it also helped to create a healthy cat breed. Imagine the devotion, love and desire to reach the goal, it took around 10 years for Toygers to be registered as an individual cat breed. The Toyger was registered in TICA in 1993 and it took another 20 years for the breed to be allowed to compete for a champion status.
The Toyger has an amazing personality. They are friendly, affectionate and playful cats. It’s not a cat who will sit or lay still for hours, they like exploring and hunting games. This makes them a perfect trainee which succeeds in learning tricks in exchange for tasty things.
If raised in a friendly environment with plenty of love as any other cat, it will like to be petted and loved.
Toygers have a well-rounded, muscular and long body, their legs and tail are long as well. The head is oval shaped with small ears and rounded eyes. The appearance is quite important for this breed, especially facial markings.
The coat is short, glossy with no undercoat. It comes in one pattern only: mackerel tabby. It’s a striped, tiger-like pattern. The coat color should be black to brown, where black is most preferable to copy a tiger’s coloring and markings. The coat also has a golden shade which makes a perfect contrast with dark mackerel tabby markings.
Markings on the face should be circularly aligned which is the most distinctive difference between the Toyger tabby and the regular tabby. Toygers also should have natural lipstick-like markings around their mouth and mascara-like markings around the eyes. They should also have lighter or white markings on the back of the ears.
The Toyger is a healthy breed in general thanks to a professional selective breeding over the years. Their average lifespan is 13 years.
They should be provided with place to play, kept on well-balanced diet and groomed once a week: coat brushing and teeth cleaning.