Table of contents:
- History of the breed
- The character and temperament of toygers
- 20 nicknames for toyger
Video: Toyger (cat)
Toyger cat is one of the rarest and most expensive cat breeds in the world. The breed is very young and in its development stage. Toyger got its name from two English words: toy and tiger = "toy tiger". Toygers are sociable and brave. They love to walk on the street, they are not afraid of dogs and strangers. Grooming for these cats is minimal. They get along well with other cats and dogs, but small animals are perceived as prey. Toygers quickly find a common language with older children, as they are quite peaceful and patient with children's antics. These cats are quite active, so they need daily exercise.
Toyger Wildjungle Toy Georgiy, male. Kennel "Wildjungle"
Weight: 3.5-7 kg.
Height: 30-38 cm.
Cost (price) of a kitten: from 50,000 to 200,000 rubles, abroad the price of kittens ranges from 1500-5000 $.
Life expectancy: 12-16 years on average.
Breed diseases: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and progressive retinal atrophy (rarely).
Country of origin: USA.
The breed is recognized by felinological organizations: TICA, GCCF.
Buying a toyger kitten, feeding it and health.
Nicknames for a toyger
: care for hair, eyes, ears, teeth and eyes
Tips for keeping a toyger
History of the breed
Toyger is a designer cat breed. In the late 1980s, Judy Sugden began breeding striped cats, similar to a miniature tiger: a long low body, bright shiny fur, clear stripes and circular markings on the head, which domestic cats do not have.
It all started with a sketch of the breed, then Judy picked up a tabby Bengal kitten and several non-Bengals for breeding. The basis of the breeding program was the Bengal cat Millwood Rumpled Spotskin and the domestic cat Scrapmetal. Later, Sugden brought to her cattery the street cat Jammu Blue, picked up in Kashmir (India) and with stripes on the ears.
The breed got its name from two English words: toy (toy) + tiger (tiger) = toyger (toy tiger). Clear tiger stripes, thick and elastic silk coat, clear expressive eyes and not at all "tiger" character - this is a toyger cat.
In 1993 the breed was recognized by TICA in the status “for registration”, in 2000 it received the status of a new breed, and in 2007 - full show rights. In 2016, LOOF recognized the new breed and released the RIEX pedigree (experimental registration register). In 2017, the Toyger France breed club was established. Its goal was to promote the breed and inform the public, potential buyers and felinologists of the world.
The breed is very young and in its development stage. For example, there is difficult work ahead of getting a tiger-like head, as well as making the eyes smaller and rounding the ears. This is done through careful selection of pairs of producers (selection). Now the rules are forbidden to bring toygers with cats of any other breeds, including Bengals.
As of 2012, there were about 20 manufacturers in the United States and about 15 in the rest of the world. As of January 22, 2020, 469 toygers from all over the world are registered in the Pawpeds database.
Toygers are large cats with strong, dense bones and well-developed muscles. The body is medium to deep, long and muscular with rounded contours; strong and sturdy, but not massive; the chest is wide and deep. The neck is long and muscular. The shoulders may be higher than the back line. Sexual dimorphism is very pronounced - cats are larger and more muscular than cats.
The head is medium in size, oval in shape. The muzzle is well-defined, long, wide and deep with rounded muscular contours. Seen from the front, it is shaped like an inverted heart with prominent whisker pads. The chin is very strong, deep and wide. The front line of the muzzle is tilted forward. The nose is large, long, widening towards the end.
The ears are small and rounded, set wide apart. Short but densely coated temples and ears are preferred.
The eyes are small or medium, round, with a slightly convex upper eyelid, widely spaced. Eye color is usually rich and deep.
The limbs are straight, of medium length, muscular. Feet are rounded with rather long toes.
The tail is very long, thick, with a rounded tip, set low.
The coat is thick, short, plush, shiny, elastic, bucks on the sides of the muzzle are desirable.
Color - reddish on the back and bleached on the belly. On the coat there are “brindle tabby” markings - black, brown or auburn, vertical wide stripes. Thick, braided, uneven stripes with elongated rosettes are preferred. The eyes should have black outlines and white glasses. The highlighted background should be as white as possible according to the standard. The tip of the tail and the pads of the feet are exclusively black. It is important that the marks are not only on the body, but also on the stomach and legs. In addition to stripes, elongated sockets and simply elongated spots are acceptable.
The character and temperament of toygers
Toygers are distinguished by their love and devotion. Cats are sociable and courageous breeds. They quickly get used to and adapt to new conditions of detention. They become wonderful companions for people and always accept affection with pleasure, although they do not require constant attention to themselves. But, nevertheless, they cannot be left alone for a long time. One way or another, they need a company: either a person or another animal. They love to sit on their knees while you watch TV or read a book.
Toygers are characterized by adaptability, they easily get along both in an apartment and in a private house.
Being very muscular and dexterous, toygers, for all their playfulness, are distinguished by a calm disposition. Toygers are distinguished by their sociability, they like to communicate with their owners, make a variety of sounds - from branded kitties to "chirping" and other trills.
These are very smart cats, they quickly learn various tricks (especially for the "tasty").
They get along well with other cats and dogs, but small animals such as rodents, birds and ferrets are perceived as prey. They quickly find a common language with older children, as they are quite peaceful and patient with children's antics.
They love to walk on the street and explore new surroundings, they are not afraid of dogs and strangers. If you live in a country house, then in the yard you can build an aviary where the cat will spend some time or equip a fence with special barriers so that the toyger can walk freely throughout the site.
Toygers are quite active, so they need daily physical activity. A tall cat tree (the harder it is, the better) and a cat complex located under the ceiling will help to “let off steam”. In addition to outdoor games and interactive toys, it is recommended to purchase puzzle toys that will occupy the inquisitive mind of your pet.
Like Bengal cats, toygers love to play with water, so don't be surprised if you notice your pet splashing in the sink under the tap or catching imaginary prey in its bowl.
Toygers are distinguished by good health and undemanding care. Currently, experts have not identified any breed diseases. It is important to remember that this does not guarantee absolute health for your pet. The average life span of toygers is 12-16 years.
To maintain the health and increase the life span of a toyger, it is necessary to systematically carry out a number of measures. It is necessary to monitor the balance of the diet, carry out disease prevention, take timely care of the toyger, monitor the cleanliness and temperature conditions in the room, vaccinate, and provide the pet with daily physical activity. It is also worth remembering that any cat needs to feel the love and care of its owner.
Hereditary diseases sometimes occur in the breed: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and progressive retinal atrophy. Therefore, when purchasing a toyger kitten, ask the seller to present a health certificate from the parents (the results of screening tests for PRA, HCM and PKDef) and the kitten itself.
20 nicknames for toyger
For male kittens: Amba, Bagh, Raja, Sayhan, Tagar, Caesar, Sherkhan, Yulbars, Emir, Khan.
For female kittens: Kotidena, Mistigri, Surya, Tigress, Elsa, Agata, Ilona, Makhli, Varvara, Latoya.
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