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 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.
The Toyger cat is a medium sized, short haired domestic cat reminiscent of a toy tiger. Designed with a modern city life with humans in mind, it is an intelligent 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.
The Toyger is a breed of striped domestic cat, The Toyger is descended from a Bengal cat stock crossed with domestic cats. The aim of this cross was to produce a striped ‘toy tiger’. It was recognised for ‘Registration only’ by The International Cat Association in the early 1990s. There are several breeders in the United States and one breeder in the UK working to develop the breed. The toyger is a breed of cat, the result of breeding domestic shorthaired tabbies (beginning in the 1980s) to make them resemble the ‘toy tiger’ as its striped coat is reminiscent of the tiger’s.
The breed’s creator, Judy Sugden, has stated that the breed was developed in order to inspire people to care about the conservation of tigers in the wild. It was recognized for ‘Registration only’ by The International Cat Association in the early 1990s, and in 2007 its status was upgraded to allow the breed full Championship status. There are several breeders in the United States, three breeders in the UK, and one in Australia working to develop the breed.
The breed began development in 1980 when Judy Sugden, a breeder looking to clarify the mackerel markings in tabbies, noticed distinctive markings in two of her cats. These markings, occurring on the head, an area normally devoid of distinct pattern, first inspired the idea of a tiger-like tabby. After importing a tom from the streets of India with noticeable head markings, the quest to develop tiger-like, circular face markings in the cats began. The introduction of the Bengal breed into the gene pool was a move on Sugden’s part to produce a “big cat body”
Although the current “version” of the cat remains a far cry from a tiger in appearance, the appropriate coloring and bold striations have been largely developed. With the aid of computer imaging, breeders have been able to develop a prospective model for the desired, final look of the Toyger breed. By 2010, Breeders hope to have achieved rounded ears, and a wider nose bridge. Smaller eyes, whitened chest and stomach markings, and a cheek ruff are also breed possibilities for the future.
There are several breeders in the United States and one breeder in the UK working to develop the breed. The Toyger was founded by Judy Sugden of “EEYAAS Cattery” in the USA. The Toyger is the result of a cross between a striped DSH (Domestic Short Hair) and a STB (Standard Bengal Tabby) This resulted in a stripped Cat which after many years of hard work resembles a ‘mini Tiger’.
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. Toyger are of medium size and have pelt and glitter like the Bengal. Today’s Toyger have very good temperaments and are quiet robust and healthy Cats.
The ideal colouring is an orange/tan background with dark stripes like that of a Tiger. The stripes are actually long rosettes and should not be uniform like a mackerel pattern but more like long random individual stripes. The coat must be striped with no spotting. The ears small and rounded, good solid bone structure and overall balance.
The following is adapted from the 2003 submitted TICA Breed Standard for the Toyger:
- Head Shape: Medium-sized, with a dominant deep, skewed, cylindrical muzzle on an oval head.
- Ears: Small and round. Wide set toward the back of the head and oriented on a 45 degree line towards the center of the eyes. Short but thickly furred temples and ears are preferred. Lynx tipping is undesirable.
- Eyes: Medium, almond-shaped. Set wide apart, back into face, and on a slight bias toward the base of the ear. Rich deep color preferred.
- Muzzle: Very well defined, long, broad and deep with rounded muscular contours. Full face view suggests an inverted heart shape. The front muzzle line/plane is skewed forward to produce a more frontal view of nose leather, mouth, and chin than in most small felines.
- Nose: Muscular, long, broad, and rounded, widening toward the end to at least as wide as the space between the eyes.
- Torso: Medium to deep, long and muscular with rounded contours; strong and robust but not blocky.
- Legs and Feet: Medium length such that the space between the ground and the body is roughly equal to the depth of the torso. Boning is very large.
- Tail: Very long and not thick. Taper is slight with blunt, rounded tip. Fur is dense and short.
- Musculature: Very young and athletic looking, especially in young males.
- Coat Length: Coat is uniformly short. Fur may be longer in the temple jowl/ruff; the suggestion of more of a ruff is preferred.
- Color: Markings shall be virtually black to brown to even tan. Very dark markings are preferred. A bright pumpkin ground color with very dark markings is preferred. Whited ground color shall be as uniformly light to virtually white as possible.
- Markings Pattern: Mackerel tabby. The markings to the ground pattern contrast must be extreme and distinct, giving a clear, sharply edged pattern.
- Body Markings: Body stripes shall generally be vertically aligned with encircling markings on neck, legs, and tail. Bold, braided, and non-uniform stripes are preferred. Belly and inside of legs must be marked. Paw pads and tail tip must be black.
- Head: Facial stripes and markings shall be circularly aligned around the face. Traditional tabby markings moving radially away from the face for any distance are undesirable. Lighter to virtually white ‘thumb marks’ on the back of the ears are desirable. Natural ‘make-up’ is important: eyes must have black ‘mascara’ markings and whited spectacles, desirable for mouth to have black lipstick markings.
They are Loving, intelligent, 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. The Toyger is an ongoing venture with each generation improving on the last to obtain the objective of a beautiful domestic cat with the look of the majestic wild Tiger.