Toygers are a fairly new cat breed that fanciers began working on in the early 1980s. Judy Sugden is the breed’s founder; she has stated that the breed was developed to inspire people to care about the conservation of tigers in the wild.
Sugden used about 40 different tabby cats to create her founding line. These cats were selectively bred to create the defined markings and physcial traits that today’s breeders are still perfecting.
The International Cat Association recognized the breed as “Registration Only” in the early 1990s, but in 2007, the breed received full Championship acceptance.
Appearance: The Toyger is not a Toyger without the appearance of a tiger. They have a golden to dark orange body with dark stipes; some breeders are working on creating a white Toyger that has a white background color instead of the orange.
The body stripes must be vertical with circling markings on the neck, legs, and tail. The stripes should be bold, braided, and non-uniform. The belly and the inside of legs must be marked, and the paw pads and tail tip must be black.
Like a tiger, breeders are working on getting the Toyger’s ears to round. The ears should set back on the head with a 45-degree angle toward the center of the eyes.
Toygers should be very muscular, but on average, they are a medium-build cat.
Temperament: The Toyger is a loving, intellegent, laid-back cat the is also active and alert. They are highly trainable.
The breed is known to get along well with other animals and children. Depending on the bloodline, you may find that some Toygers like cats better than others.
Also, depending on the bloodline, some Toygers are more vocal than others.
Health: Reputable breeders will include a health guarantee for genetic problems when selling their Toyger kittens, but like any other cat breed, genetic problems do still pop up.
Heart murmurs, rolled rib and/or flat chest cage, and FIP, can be common in the breed.