Toygers – Tiny Replicas of Tigers

Posted on 26 September 2009 oddy88

The toyger is a breed of cat, the result of breeding domestic shorthaired tabbies (beginning in the 1980s) to make them resemble a “toy tiger”, as its striped coat is reminiscent of the tiger’s. The breed’s creator, Judy Sudgen, has stated that the breed was developed in order to inspire people to care about the conservation of tigers in the wild. toygersIt was recognized for “Registration only” by The International Cat Association in the early 1990s, and in 2007 its status was upgraded to allow the breed full Championship status.

There are several breeders in the United States, three breeders in the UK, and one in Australia working to develop the breed.The breed began development in 1980 when Judy Sudgen, a breeder looking to clarify the mackerel markings in tabbies, noticed 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 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”.

7 Comments For This Post

  1. Dane Says:

    How great, I wish to have one of this

  2. LJ Says:

    oooooo soooo cute! I will have one of these! Definitely!

  3. Chloe Says:

    I don’t belive you created these using tabbies, they look way to similar to bengals, a breed that is a cross between an asian leopard and a domestic cat, no offence but you can get marble bengals which look almsot exactly the same if it has less markings. Yes they are cute but I prefer bengals, but I suppose that’s just because I have one! 🙂

  4. Inn Ternet Says:

    MCFake says:

    This is fake!

  5. Callie Says:

    Did you not read that she DID include a Bengal cat in the breeding?

  6. Fad Says:

    Becuase of these greedy breeders trying get the next big fad happening my cat was stolen (because it looked alot like a tiger).

  7. Jemma Says:

    These are nice however , expensive if real, Could only have as a housebound cat as the breed would be a main target to thieves, Insurance wouldnt cover plus im sure their are some breeding genetic faults such as Cell and health Difficalties.

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