Cat is a designer cat. Toygers have an
easily trained character and are laid back. This makes
them perfect for apartment dwellers.
The dramatic pattern and glittered pelt makes the toyger cat
very appealing to all. Have you ever dreamed of owning a real
tiger? Then the toyger cat is for you. The toygers are
domestic. And, they are an absolute treasure to live with.(Life magazine 02/23/07)
What is more, the toyger cat is practically computer
designed. Toyger breeders used computer imaging in determining
the type of cat they wanted. Even going so far as to use email
to arrange cross-country breeding matches.
Toyger cats are very intelligent, social and outgoing. So
toyger cats do very well around all sorts of people and
animals. The average Toyger male will range from 15-17 pounds
when fully grown. Females Toygers only slightly smaller at
The designer of toyger cats is Judy Sudgen. She has stated
that the 'toy tiger breed was developed in order to inspire
people to care about the conservation of tigers in the
The toyger cat breed was recognized for 'Registration only'
by The International Cat Association in the early 1990s. And,
in 2000 the toyger cat breed status was upgraded to
'Preliminary New Breed'. The Toyger started showing its new
TICA status of 'Advanced New Breed' in May 2006. As of May
2007, the Toyger Cat was given Championship status.
There are approximately 20 toyger cat breeders in the United
States, six in Europe and one in Australia working to develop
the Toyger cat breed.
Toyger Cat History
The designer Toyger cat breed began development in 1980.
This was when Judy Sudgen, a breeder in the United States, was
looking to clarify the mackerel markings in tabbies. She had
noticed these 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 toy
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 Sudgen's part
to produce a "big cat body".
The Toyger cat is the result of many years of hard work.
Breeding a striped domestic shorthair cat to a standard Bengal
tabby. The end result was a miniature tiger that has the fur
and glitter of a real Bengal Tiger, but with excellent
Ideally, the Toyger cat has dark stripes just like a tiger
laid over a background of orange/tan. Also like a tiger, the
stripes should be random individual stripes, not uniform ones
like you might find on your typical tiger kitty
Toyger cat breeders continue to improve on the species. The
goal is to obtain one of the most beautiful domestic cats
possible with the majestic look of a wild tiger.
Toyger Cat Today
Although the current "version" of the cat remains a far cry
from a toy tiger in appearance, the appropriate coloring and
bold striations have been largely developed.
Cat of the Future
With the aid of computer imaging, toyger breeders have been
able to develop a prospective model for the desired final
Toyger cat breed. By 2010, the toyger cat breed hopes to have
achieved rounded ears, and a wider nosebridge. Smaller eyes,
whitened chest and stomach markings, and a cheek ruff are also
breed possibilities for the future.