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This is a sleek, muscular cat, medium in size with a long thick tail and substantial bone. They should however move like a big cat but not be overly heavy or coarse. The coat is dense and extremely soft, and the markings should be bold, a modified mackerel tabby pattern, with thick black stripes that branch and interweave.

The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Needs high-level of enrichment including simulated hunting games and interactive play
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

There are no common disorders reported for the Toyger breed at present. However, because the Bengal breed was used to develop the Toyger, it is recommended that DNA testing for pyruvate kinase deficiency and progressive retinal atrophy is carried out to test whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by these conditions.

Key Facts

Lifespan:  9 – 13 years
Weight:  3.6 – 6.8kg
Colours: Brown mackerel tabby.


Family-friendly: 3/5
Playfulness: 4/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise: 3/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Grooming Needs: 2/5
Shedding: 2/5

History and Origins

Country of Origin: United States

The Toyger is a new breed, recognised by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy since June 2016. Whilst they are bred to resemble a miniature tiger, the Toyger does not have any wild cat genetics, nor is it intended that they ever will. 

Work on the development of the Toyger is still ongoing, with focus on temperament as strong as it is on appearance. The Toyger is designed to be a family friendly cat.



Toygers are exceptionally sociable, getting on well with respectful children, and other cats and dogs. They are indeed, by design a family friendly cat, and breeders have worked hard to ensure only cats of excellent temperament have been used in the Toyger creation.

The Toyger is also an intelligent and active cat, who is confident and outgoing. This does mean they will make their feelings known if they feel they’re lacking attention or have been able to see the bottom of the food bowl for several minutes.

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