Well, my opinion will be VERY unpopular, but I'm giving it anyway. Please try to avoid slamming me to badly for having a different opinion than the majority.
I adopted a shelter kitty first, my Ginger, then adopted a feral rescue, Ferris.
I am now in the process of adopting a retired Bengal queen from Kai Bengals. I have always wanted one since the first time I met a Bengal in person more than 10 years ago, and was completely taken with his crazy personality.
I have chosen my kitties based upon three things, in this order: Temperment based upon type of cat (not necessarily breed type,) Health and looks.
I am very much looking forward to welcoming Tinta into my home, and after having a fairly lengthy phone conversation with her breeder, I can attest to the fact that Nial is one in a million, and he really, REALLY cares about his animals.
I can understand to a point why people who rescue, especially, get so upset at the thought of controlled (or uncontrolled) breeding, but it is true that responsible pet owners, whether or not they own pedigree or moggie, are not the owners that dump their pets.
Education is key, and attacking breeders isn't going to make any positive changes, all it does is further breed (pun intended) resentment on both sides.
I know darn well that I can go pick up another kitty at a shelter at any given time, but I have the CHOICE to adopt Tinta, and I make that choice gladly. I will still contribute to my local no-kill shelter so that they can continue to help find good homes for unwanted animals.
Does my adopting a retired breeder queen make me a bad person? I certainly don't think so.
And my opinion on the "Toyger," name aside, is that based upon the article, this person sounds like a very responsible breeder, and some of the things that some folks have said in their ire seem to me to be unfounded accusations based upon assumptions.
I don't like the name if the breed, I'd rather see it be something else, but I would personally love to have a little domestic kitty that is orange with black stripes, just like a big tiger. Maybe that's because I love the big cats so much.
You can call me selfish, I'm ok with that, because it is a selfish thought, I admit. I would never pay thousands of dollars for any animal, I don't have that kind of money. But if an opportunity to add a "Toyger" to my little fur family were to someday present itself to me, I would absolutely consider it.
And that is my personal opinion.