Medium to large cat breed
Long, low slung, muscular body
Athletic in appearance
Plush, striped, glittered coat
Superbly, amiable temperament
Resemble a miniature tiger
Temperament of a domestic pet
No new wildcat outcross has been used in the development of the Toyger, which is still ongoing.
Toygers have been bred in the USA for over 30 years. The breed was first recognised by the GCCF in 2015 and achieved preliminary status in the Foreign Breed Group in June 2016. We are now enjoying showing our Toygers for Merit Certificates at GCCF shows and also introducing them to the public at events such as the National Pet Show.
Two cats that formed the cornerstone for the young Toyger breed were a striped domestic shorthair named Scrapmetal and a big-boned Bengal named Millwood Rumpled Spotskin. In 1993, Judy also imported Jammu Blu, a street cat from Kashmir, India, who had all spots between his ears rather than the regular tabby lines.
The Toyger is a medium to large sized, domestic shorthaired cat that is reminiscent of a big cat in pattern, type, confidence, stately movement and athletic ability. The impression is of a sleek, muscular long bodied, large boned cat with a long thick tail which is carried low.
Females may be smaller and less muscular than males.
The head should be long, broad and deep i.e. a broad medium sized wedge and medium sized in proportion to the body. The muzzle should be strong resembling an inverted heart shape with prominent whisker pads. The ears should be small and rounded.
The coat is particularly dense and luxuriously soft. The contrast should be extreme and unmarred by ticking of the background fur. The pattern is a modified, mackerel tabby with branching and interweaving of stripes (braiding) being particularly desirable. The only colour currently recognised by the GCCF is Brown (black) mackerel tabby, however TICA also recognises Silver mackerel tabby.
Breeders take particular care to select for a good temperament and they have succeeded in producing a cat who is exceptionally sociable, confident, outgoing and loves human company.
Toygers are a highly intelligent, active breed but also very much a lap cat that wants nothing more than a cuddle, refusing to do so, often ends up with them shouting at you till you do so.
They get on well with children, other cats and cat-friendly dogs; making them ideal family pets, but they do prefer company so may not be happy as single cats, if left alone for long periods.
Toygers are similar to any domestic shorthaired cat in their care requirements. They are not fussy eaters and require minimal grooming. A light brush and combing once a week will keep your Toyger’s coat in top condition and remove loose hair. They are very clean cats and kittens quickly learn to use a litter tray as soon as they are weaned.
Females weigh less than males with a range of 8-12lbs (3.6-5.4kg) for females and 10-15lbs (4.5-6.8kg) for males and life expectancy is the same as any domestic shorthair cat.
Their susceptibility to infectious diseases is comparable to other domestic breeds. Some breeders claim that some cats show an adverse reaction to Feline Leukaemia vaccine but this has not been substantiated.