- Breed Size:
- Height: 22-33 cm
- Weight: 3-6 kg
- Life Expectancy: 9-13 years
- Learning Rate: High
- Country of Origin: United States
A beautiful family cat, the Toyger is the newest breed in the cat world. Without a doubt, it is a mini reflection of the tiger, and hence the name is rightly placed. A designer cat breed, Toyger is a friendly feline and loves their human family. The Toyger is so much beyond their striking looks and captivating personality.
Highly active and energetic, the Toyger looks wild and exotic at the same time. But don’t get deceived with their wild looks; they are an utter sweetheart from within. A mirror image of the mackerel tabby cat but slightly more glammed up; the Toyger is a medium-sized cat with a light and athletic body. They have a medium-sized head with a cylindrical muzzle.
The only difference you can make between the female and male Toyger is that the females have a bit of a lighter complexion and have a bit more oval shape of the head. They have small eyes that are deep in color, with ears that are round and small. They have a long nose that is round in shape. Toyger has a shiny, smooth reddish coat with branched vertical stripes, usually brown. However, you may find them in tan or black as well.
Very agile and intelligent, the Toyger is an easy-going cat and is affectionate towards their owner. They are also equally great with kids. They are good at establishing a bond with kids and make unique playing pals. That said, you should also teach your kids to be gentle with the cat and watch over them while they play to avoid any unpleasant accidents. The Toyger is also happy to be around other pets and cats in the household. But early socialization along with proper introduction is a must.
Your Toyger, unlike most cat breeds, isn’t an attention seeker. Though they appreciates some petting and lots of love, they are not clingy. Moderately vocal, this smart breed will communicate with soft purrs when they are hungry or wants to draw your attention to something important. You’ll love Toyger’s docility which makes them excellent in learning skills and getting trained. However, they might also be independent sometimes in nature, for which you’ll need patience. They are moderately hardy and never approve of staying alone for long.
They love playing and are always excited about learning something new or playing with a new toy. Games such as fetch, playing with a feathered wand, or laser beams are their favorite. It is incredible how some Toygers also walk on a leash with great ease. Try training your Toyger early to make her smarter.
The Toyger is a recent breed, and their origin is somewhere in the 1980s when American breeder Judy Sudgen created this beautiful breed. Bred with the intention to mimic the Bengal tiger, Sudgen crossbred a Bengal with a domestic shorthair. She also did with an attempt to stir the awareness of tiger conservation.
In 1993, the International Cat Association officially registered the Toyger and got full recognition in 2007. Toygers are very rare and are much valued among cat-lovers; they are highly priced. This designer breed is not just gorgeous but has become one of the most beloved cat breeds today.