Toygers were created when Bengal cat were crossed with a striped domestic shorthair .

Despite all appearances, the Toyger is completely domestic but was developed to have the pattern of a Tiger. Lions may be the king of beats, but tigers are the most majestic of big cats.

Unfortunately, tigers are highly endangered and it seems as though little can be done to prevent the species from going extinct altogether.

However, breeder Judy Sugden and others have hope that their creation- the Toyger will help bring recognition to the tigers plight.


Toygers are generally friendly and have sweet, calm, personalities. Toygers are also very friendly and like people and other pets.

Their easy going personality makes them a great asset to any family household. Toygers are highly intelligent.

Challenge your Toyger's brain and keep them intrested by providing them with puzzles and reward them so they learns how to use them.

Activity LevelEdit

Toygers are outgoing enough to walk on a leash, energetic enough to play fetch, (and other interactive games).

They are active enough to learn tricks but not so much that they will wear you out. Toygers also especially content with just spending time with their families.

Behavioral TraitsEdit

Toygers are highly trainable. They also like to be walked so if you do this, make sure to strap your Toyger to a harness.

Toygers enjoy all manner of activity with their owners. Some Toygers are active and energetic while others are relaxed and quiet. Toygers are ideal companions for people of all ages.


Many cats take the name Tiger, but it wasn't until Judy Sugden was inspired by the tabby markings on her cat, Milwood and it occurred to her that she could be the secret to developing a domestic cat that truly resembled the lord of the jungle. Sugden started with a striped domestic shorthair named Scrapmetal and a Bengal cat named Milwood Rumpled Spotskin.

She later added a street cat from Kashmir, India to the mix who had spots instead of tabby markings. She finally came up with a domestic cat that had a long body, tabby patterns, and rosettes. And thus, the Toyger was born.

Health ProblemsEdit

*Note- make sure if you're adopting a Toyger (or any pet for that matter) you get it from a reputable breeder. Not doing so can lead your pet to have many health problems or serious conditions. 

The Toyger is a generally healthy breed. However, heart murmurs may indicate hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Remember when adopting a new kitten into your home, you must be careful to avoid obesity. Keeping a Toyger at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to protect it's overall health. 


  • Among domestic cats, Toyger's randomly patterned broken, or branched, vertical stripes are uniqe.
  • The Toyger has dark markings on a vivid orange backround with white on the belly and a scatter of gold "glitter" over the body. Facial markings have a circular pattern.
  • The Toyger was registered as a breed in 1993 and advanced to its new breed status in 2000.
  • It was finally granted full breed recognition in 2007. Currently, TICA is the only association that recognizes the Toyger.