Breed Of The Month Toyger


Toyger is a play on the words “toy” and “tiger”. This name seemed fitting for the breed because of their stripes that closely resemble that of a tiger.


The origins of the breed began in the 1980s when Judy Sugden–the daughter of Jean Mill, the founder of the Bengal breed–recognized her desire to create a cat with thicker, bolder, more wild-looking stripes than compared to the mackerel tabby pattern that we’re all familiar with. She started by breeding a Bengal cat named Millwood Rumpled Spotskin and a domestic shorthair tabby named Scrapmetal.

After a few years of breeding, the Toyger breed was accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2007.


Toygers are medium-sized cats with lean, muscular bodies, a round head, and wide-set ears. They generally weigh between 9 to 15 lbs (4-7 kg.)

The breed’s coat is an orange-ish, tan in color with dark brown or black stripes. Their eyes are typically green or blue.

Personality & Behavioral Traits

Bear in mind that every individual cat has a different personality and temperament! However, most Toyger kitties are friendly, social, and playful.

They typically enjoy playing with their favorite person rather than by themselves so if you’re away for long periods of time during the day, this breed may not be for you.

Toygers are very intelligent and easily trainable–these guys can learn to walk on a leash and play fetch!

Toygers are generally more laid back than their Bengal parents and may be a better option for those who prefer a calm kitty.


Toygers are a relatively new breed so there’s not much known about their health, although evidence suggests they could be susceptible to heart murmurs.

It’s important to up-to-date with annual wellness checkups to ensure your cat is healthy.


Toygers have short coats that shed minimally and that being so, only require minimal grooming–once a week is optimal.

All cat breeds need their teeth brushed daily, their nails trimmed every 2-3 weeks, and an occasional ear cleaning (careful not to bust their eardrums)!

Toygers are generally active and playful so it’s important to offer toys, scratching posts, and climbing trees to help keep them entertained and happy.

Works Cited​

“About Toygers,” Toyger Cat Club,

Franny Syufy, “Toyger: Cat Breed Profile, Characteristics & Care,” The Spruce Pets,

Guthrie, Claudia & Taylor, Chad, “Toyger Cat Breed Information & Characteristics,” Daily Paws,

By Gaynorjl - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,