Thank One Woman for Toygers, One of the Newest Cat Breeds from the '80s

Posted by Christy Caplan
Toyger Cat

The Toyger cat resembles the lord of the jungle. They are beautiful! The breed is so new, it's actually hard to find breeders! The Toyger is designed to look like a wild tiger and has a friendly, outgoing temperament. Highly intelligent, the Toyger is easy to train to go on leash walks and to play fetch. This cat sounds like the perfect pet!

The history of the Toyger


The Spruce Pets tells us the story behind this unique breed and it should be viral. There is ONE person responsible for the initial development of the Toyger in 1980--Judy Sugden--the daughter of Jean Mill, the original breeder of the Bengal cat.

Starting with a striped domestic shorthair named Scrapmetal and a Bengal cat named Millwood Rumpled Spotskin, and later importing a street cat from Kashmir, India, who had spots instead of tabby lines between his ears, she went to work to create a tiger for the living room. 

This new designer cat has a shortlist of breeders!

What about their temperament and personality?

Based on research every expert talks about how easy this cat is to train and teach to play catch. They're outgoing and get along with other pets. This cat though will need daily enrichment as they're highly intelligent and they must be an indoor cat! You don't want them fighting with other cats and they will.

Also, they DO love to be lap cats but if you want to put them on a leash for a walk they love that.

Any health concerns?

Toyger Cat

Check with the International Cat Association if you have questions about the overall health of this new breed. Toyger breeders will also be well versed in any health problems but heart murmurs, possibly indicative of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, have occurred in the breed.

"It is always wise to buy from a breeder who provides a written health guarantee."

A good breeding program is something cat breeders will talk to you about.

Vet Street shares these great breed facts but always check on the breed standards with the breeder!

Other fun facts about this breed:

  • Among domestic cats, the Toyger's randomly patterned broken, or branched, vertical stripes are unique.
  • The Toyger has dark markings on a vivid orange background with white on the belly and a scatter of gold "glitter" over the body. Facial markings have a circular pattern.

How do you find a breeder?

VetStreet has great advice for finding a breeder. Given the Toyger is an uncommon breed, it's unlikely that you will find one in a shelter or through a rescue group but check the listings on Petfinder or the Fanciers Breeder Referral List, and ask breeders if they know of a Toyger who is in need of a new home.

Do you know anyone that has a Toyger? Please let us know in the comments.  

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Thank One Woman for Toygers, One of the Newest Cat Breeds from the '80s