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The History of Toygers

The Toyger is still a very rare breed:  There are only 10 breeders in the US and another 20 or so in the rest of the world.  

This rare, beautiful breed mixes the look of tiger but the easygoing nature of a domestic cat.

Lots of cats are named Tiger, but it wasn’t until Judy Sugden was struck by the two spots of tabby markings on the temple of her cat Millwood Sharp Shooter that it occurred to her that they could be the secret to developing a domestic cat that truly resembled the lord of the jungle. Starting with a striped domestic shorthair named Scrapmetal and a Bengal cat named Millwood Rumpled Spotskin, and later importing a street cat from Kashmir, India, who had spots instead of tabby lines between his ears, she went to work to create a tiger for the living room. Other breeders who shared her vision and contributed to the breeding program were Anthony Hutcherson and Alice McKee. They came up with a domestic cat that had a large, long body, tabby patterns and rosettes that stretched and branched out, and circular head markings.

The International Cat Association began registering the Toyger in 1993, advanced it to new breed status in 2000, and granted the breed full championship recognition in 2007. Currently, TICA is the only association that recognizes the Toyger.

Toyger Temperament and Personality

The friendly and playful Toyger likes people and other pets and children. They delight in playing fetch, batting around a feather, fishing-pole toys, jingle balls, running, jumping and just spending time with family members. They are active enough to learn tricks, but not so energetic that they'll run you ragged. They have an easygoing personality that makes them well suited to most households or families. 


Toygers are very vocal!! They also love running/moving water unlike most cats!

The Toyger is highly intelligent. Challenge their brain and keep them interested in life by teaching them tricks and providing them with puzzle toys that will reward them when they learn how to manipulate challenges.

Always choose a kitten from a breeder who raises litters in the home and handles them from an early age. Meet at least one and ideally both of the parents to ensure that they have nice temperaments.


Q.  What is the price of a SouthPaw Toyger Kitten?

A.  Please contact the Cattery directly for pricing of my pet and show quality Champion bloodline kittens.  

A deposit of $200.00 is required for a pet quality Toyger kitten.

A deposit of $500.00 is required for a show quality Toyger kitten.

Once deposit has been made, you will then be placed on a waiting list.   

There is currently a great demand for these kittens therefore, there are currently waiting lists for upcoming litters.

Q.  After a deposit is made, when can I get my Toyger kitty?

A.  The Toyger kitten can leave the cattery at the age of 10 to  12 weeks. Depending upon availability a kitten is usually provided within 6 months or up to one year.

Q.  How can I receive the kitten once purchased?

A.  The preferred method of receiving your kitten is to be picked up directly from the Cattery located in Selma, NC.  However, SouthPaw will ship kittens per clients request in the U.S. from RDU Airport in Raleigh, NC. 

(Because of COVID-19, currently not available)

Q.  Can pictures of available Toyger kittens be requested?

A.  Absolutely!  Just keep in mind it takes the Toyger kittens up to 8 months or longer to fully develop coating, coloring, & striping therefore, pictures won't show much as far as their future appearance. Feel free to email me or use the "Get in Touch" page here on the website for a deposit form or to contact me with any questions. 

QWhat kind of food do you feed your Toygers?

A.   My Toygers are fed only Royal Canin® cat food, which is one of the best kitten/cat foods available.  It has no preservatives and has the highest quality of ingredients.  Royal Canin® also helps build a strong immune system and beautiful coats.

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