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The Toyger is a designer cat. It is designed and bred with the demands of modern apartment life as a human companion foremost in mind. Glittered, pelted, dramatic pattern appeals to both the high-tech glamour and nature-loving, wild dreams of city-caught people while the laid back, easily trained character of these cats make them a joy to live with.

The Toyger is a breed in development. Recognized by TICA for Registration Only early in the 1990's, Preliminary New Breed in 2000 and lovely even now, the goals for the breed are long term and the prospect even more exciting! Several of the features proposed have never before been recognized as possible in a domestic cat. Progress is slow but steady in all areas from companionability to appearance. The Toyger will be showing in its new TICA status of Advanced New Breed May 2006.

This breed is of and for the computer age. Computer imaging help breeders determine what they want , how far off a cat might be and how to improve the progeny. Email and lists make friendships blossem, communication of ideas and photos immediate, cross country mating matches arranged, etc. etc. Webpages like this allow breeders and groups to inform the public and further better understanding of breeds and pet choices.

History... 1980s to today
TICA Toyger Breed Standard
Informational Publications and Article Reprints

Reference Tiger Photos

War Whoop - 2003 Best




What is a Toyger? ...now? ...and what we are working toward?

The Toyger cat is a medium sized, short haired domestic cat reminescent of a toy tiger. Designed with a modern city life with humans in mind, it is an intellegent and willing companion animal, active and highly trainable. Color and markings are that of a satin toy while type suggests a big cat---long bodied and tailed, large boned and muscular, round ears, large chin-leading muzzle with broad nose tip. This cat will one day resemble a tiny, shiny toy tiger on leash or playing with the kids.


Temperament and Companionabilty---
Loving, intellegent, laid-back but active and alert. Highly trainable. Gets along well with other animals and children. Some lines like other cats better than other lines at this time. Some lines are noisy at this time.

This Toyger enjoyed joining a family of multiple and a VERY assorted variety of fellow pets from the get-go.

Not only has Timba the Toyger learned to hit his marks for movie work but he has picked up stroke detection from his fellow licenced animals. He is now working under license.

Everyone wants to love the Toyger, Shea Shea, when she comes to school for show and tell.



Churp with his bright head lights


A Toyger must have head lights and tigery stripes!!! ...not ordinary domestic mackerel pattern but modified to be more of a braided or stretched rosette.


Jackson sports valued thick with pointed ends "Tony the tiger" type stripes on tan, while Rio, (beow) is a great "process" cat showing the best thin, variable, and braided tiger type markings of streatched rosetted (outlined) spots. Jackson has very little glitter and a somewhat coarse coat while Rio's is extremely thick, soft (... with the slightly clinging feel of shammy) and glittered with a relatively whited ventral ground--- unfortunately his body type is throwback to the ALC, triangular with small head and short thick tail.

Rio Grande (text above)

Finething is a more uniformly striped black on gold female but still shows a bit of the spot derivation of her pattern rather than just straight domestic stripes. Wish she had the good chin/muzzle angle of AAA below.


* mackerel tabby markings modified for: braided stripes, circular face markings, belly stripes, no dorsal stripe, etc.
* distinct, high contrast between markings and ground color
* whited ventral and colored dorsal ground pattern with additional whited ear occilli and "blowups" of lower face and above eyes.


Oro del Blanco's whited tummy is marvelous! Tequilla's dark brown markings contrast nicely with his rich golden orange dorsal ground color and his whited undersides and face markings.



A Toyger is not a Toyger without an impression of "tiger" --- golden to dark orange body with dark stipes and circular face and/or whited pattern on face and undersides of body --- being developed hair by hair, slowly but surely. (Note that Churp (above) does not have temple markings but does have enough whited face pattern to suggest tiger.)

Three Rings is the first Toyger to show the possibility of three circular temple rings between eye and ear (domestic tabbys are lucky to have a single eyebrow in this area). His son, Apache Rings, shows similar but better rings but alas the same domestic looking face at this early stage.

Apache Rings shows light temple rings.

Headtop and Jackson show two types of early turning of markings on top of head and on forehead from traditional tabby to circular around face.

The usually tabby "M" becoming a tigery "C" on C-shells.

Axis has lovely circular tiger-like cheek markings.



Timelink shows a thick orangy coat with preferred temple halo/ruff but is unfortunately not shining with glitter. Rio Grande (far above) has an ideal Toyger thick, glittered coat.

glittered, soft, short, plush, ---and sculpted (two level---markings longer and stand higher than ground), if we can develop it further.

See Churp and Rio above as good examples.

This blue, too spotted, Toyger kitten displays the two-level sculptured coat. Yes, blue is not an allowed color in our Breed Standard but does make a strikingly beautiful neutered pet when it pops up in a litter!



embers, fire, sun and sand

brown tabby only (variations of black on tan thru browns, mahogany-red, orange, gold to tans): clear, rich, bright, high contrast colors
* virtually black markings are preferred but will range to tan. Note that most kittens orange somewhat more as they mature.
* golden-orange colored dorsal ground color is preferred but will range from dark brown to yellow tan in today's cats.
* whited ventral ground is preferred. A lighter tummy and inside of the legs, etc. of today's cats will progress to a virtually white ground over the course of years of development.



War Whoop. AONE and Warline Orange offer the best overall Toyger balance and type (except for these big ears) at this time. See where we hope to take this basic Toyger type by the year 2010.

Medium sized domestic cat---
* long bodied and tailed and very big boned and muscular with rounded contours.
* small, round ears set at 45 degrees (lots of work to do here yet!)
* eyes are medium to small, gently hooded at 45 degree on the upper inside quadrant
* straight - to flared-at-the-end nose with a slight gentle bridge break
* big chin on an open angled muzzle profile (so you see the mouth, whisker pads and chin more straight on from the front) and plenty of back skull.

Toyger eyes

This deep, chin-leading big cat profile on AAA is one of best to date.

OJ and Megabite are some more nice Toygers. Note her high eye placement to make a longer muzzle.

Warline is the first War Whoop/Finething son & shows promise.



Purposefull, powerfull and gracefull.

Apache Rings pracicing his Toyger walk for the camera.

Churp's big boning made him an awkward kitten at times but fits well together as an adult (see top of page).

Panterra is long and graceful in her stride.

It is a pleasure to watch a Toyger play in the yard --- with his people of course. TGs are inside cats except on leash or under supervision as they will soon be stolen if left to roam.


Health and Longevity---
Certainly general health and longevity must be of top concern to breeders and pet owners alike. Toygers are generally robust and healthy. Although it is too early in the breed to see much difference from most domestics, active lifespan seems to be similar to most random breds at about 10 to 15 years with several of the few retired early TGs born in the last '80s still going strong.

At 17 years old, Grammy (an early Toyger named for the crackers he nibbles with the kids) wouldn't think of missing his tram ride or snack time with the grandkids.

Most reputable breeders include a health guarantee for genetic problems. As is true in all breeds, the occasional genetic problem does crop up. Heart murmer (which may indicate cardiomyopethy and could become life-threatening or not), rolled rib and/or flat chest cage (which generally improves with age over about 6 weeks to become an apparently normal adult), and FIP (a deadly disease which may have a genetic component for the mutation from corona virus) have been recorded in the breed.


The Toyger breed appreciates, thanks and owes:

* its inspiration to the wild and to the tiger in us all,
* its concept and design to breed originator, Judy Sugden ,
* its feasibility and example to the Bengal cat and its visionary and originator, Jean Mill ,
* its being to the vision, dedication, hard work and cooperation of its founding breeders: Hutcherson, Rohrbaugh, McKee, Piper/Krysta, Fettkether, Crawford, Mill, Sugden
* its recognition and registration to The International Cat Association- TICA,
* its future to Toyger pet owners of today who are enchanted with their beloved life companions.

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