Cat Breeds

Toyger cat

Toyger cat is a pocket tiger with a very domestic character.


Do not be afraid of the “wild” appearance of this cat, because the toyger cat has a friendly, open disposition. He likes the company of people and gets along well with other pets. He is very intelligent and easy to raise. You can teach him to go for a walk on a leash or even to fetch. He is calm every day, but also has some activity at home. It requires physical and mental stimulation for complete happiness. He likes to play and is happy to learn tricks. Generally, it is pleasant to live with it, because it easily adapts to the conditions of the household, but you cannot forget about its needs.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • a very rare breed in Europe
  • high price for a kitten
  • he must be provided with mental stimulation
  • very healthy and resistant breed
  • fur easy to care for
  • likes to be close to a man
  • gets along with both another cat and dog
  • easy to raise
  • are happy to learn tricks
Toyger cat

Toyger cat. Health

Generally, healthy race, occasional murmurs of the heart may indicate hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Chest flattening occurs in kittens.


Like any cat, it should be fed good quality food or balanced food prepared at home. Remember to adapt the food to the age, health and activity of the individual.


As with other short-haired cats, you only need to comb the fur once a week and trim the nails.

Toyger cat

Toyger cat. History

People often compare tabby cats to little tigers. Toyger was created because an American breeder decided to create a domestic cat that would resemble this great predator even more. At the end of the 1980s, Judy Sugden noticed that one of her cats had small spots on the temples – in a place usually without markings. She realized that this could be the key to breeding a cat with stripes around its mouth, similar to a tiger. For the first cross, she used a tabby house cat and a Bengal cat. In 1993, she imported a street cat from Kashmir, India, which had dots between its ears, instead of the usual tabby meanings at this point.

Toyger cat

Judy had an accurate picture of the features she cared about to create a replica of a tiger in a small package: a strong, long body; distinct vertical stripes extending from side to side from top to bottom; stripes around the head that cats normally do not have; vivid colors and, most importantly, a nice, gentle disposition, thanks to which it would be nice to live with such a cat. Two more breeders joined Judy, who undertook to create a new breed. Over 40 domestic cats from various countries have been used for breeding over the years. Each of them was carefully selected and each had a special feature, valuable in creating a breed. The breed was initially recognized by the TICA (The International Cat Association) in 1993, and fully in 2007. So far it is not recognized by FIFe.


Toyger – a race not recognized by FIFe

  • Origin:  United States
  • Character: friendly, open, sociable
  • Size: medium to large cat
  • Weight:  males 4.5-7 kg, females 3-4.5 kg
  • Head shape: medium-sized, oval, with a cylindrical shape
  • Ears: small and round; broad in relation to the head and inclined 45 degrees towards the center of the eye; short but densely hairy temples and ears; lynx-like ear tips are not desirable
  • Eyes: medium-sized, rounded; widely spaced, withdrawn, with a slight drop towards the base of the ear; deep, intensive color preferred
  • Muzzle: Very pronounced, long, broad and deep, with rounded edges; the whole mouth resembles an inverted heart
  • Nose: Muscled, long, wide and rounded, widening towards the tips to at least as wide as the space between the eyes
  • Body: medium to deep, long and muscular with rounded contours; strong and strong but not coarse
  • Tail: very long and thick; the ending is slightly rounded; a thick and short coat
  • Muscle: Very muscular, especially in young males
  • Hair length: the fur is evenly short; there may be more around the neck and throat
  • Color: streaks should be almost black, brown should be almost black, brown or tan; a light pumpkin-colored base with very dark stripes is preferred; the light basic color should be as close to white as possible
  • Streaks: streaks on the body should be vertically aligned with the circular streaks on the neck, legs and tail; thick, interlaced and patchy stripes are preferred; the abdomen and the inside of the legs must be covered with welts; paw pads and the tip of the tail should be black
  • Head: streaks and spots on the mouth should be placed evenly around the eyes and nose; traditional streaks radiating from the mouth are undesirable; bright, almost white spots on the back of the ears are desirable; with the very eyes the frame must be black, while still white
  • Activity:  moderate
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases:  resistant, occasionally ill
  • Lifespan:  10-15 and more years
Toyger cat

Interesting facts

The name of the breed comes from the combination of the words “toy” – “toy” (the word also used to describe miniature breeds) + “tiger” – “tiger”, which means as much as a pocket tiger. Thanks to its construction features, such as the long, deep torso with high withers, the toyger cat has a rolling gait that is usually seen in large cats.

Toyger cat

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