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Introduction to the Toyger Breed

Overview

The Toyger is a striking domestic cat breed designed to resemble a toy tiger, with its striped coat evoking the majestic appearance of wild tigers. Created by Judy Sugden in the 1980s, the breed was developed to raise awareness about tiger conservation​​. The Toyger combines the playful, affectionate nature of domestic cats with a unique, wild aesthetic.


History and Origin
Development began in the 1980s in the United States by Judy Sugden, who noticed unique markings in her domestic tabbies. Sugden, daughter of Jean Mill, who created the Bengal cat, sought to produce a cat with a tiger-like pattern, resulting in the Toyger. Foundation stock included Bengals, unpedigreed domestic short-haired cats, and a cat from India with distinctive ear markings​​.

Judy Sudgen in French TICA show 2007

Breed Recognition and Development

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Milestones

  • The Toyger was accepted for registration by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1993.

  • Gained championship status in TICA in 2007 and recognized by the Toyger Club as a TICA chartered Club in 2020​​.

  • Divine Toygers is a TICA registered cattery, all kittens come with a TICA pedigree.

  • Despite its growing popularity, Toyger breeders remain relatively few, underlining the breed's exclusivity.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: Typically ranges between 7-15 pounds​​.
Appearance: Medium-sized head, small round ears, circular eyes, well-defined muzzle, muscular nose, and a long, slender tail.


Coat: Short, thick, and plush, with gold "glitter" over the coat, enhancing its tiger-like pattern​​.


Color and Pattern: Markings range from virtually black to brown, with a bright pumpkin ground color being preferred. Stripes should be bold and vertically aligned​​.

Apollo the Toyger
Apollo the Toyger grooming

Temperament and Personality

  • Toygers are known for being active, affectionate, playful, and intelligent.

  • They bond easily with families and are friendly with both humans and other animals.

  • Suitable for homes where they can receive adequate attention and companionship​​.

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