Originally Posted by Rosiemac
Loved the one of London looking at the judge
Gorgeous pics, and i think it's brilliant how calm those cats are
Yes Susan, it's a select few that tolerate and enjoy the showhall. It's imperitive for them to be that way to win as well. The making of a show cat is an involved and time consuming process, but they have to have the personality for it from birth.
Originally Posted by katiemae1277
Huh, so that's what a Toyger looks like. He looks humungous, how big are they?
They really aren't much bigger than a Bengal. (females 8 to 12 pounds, males 10 to 15 pounds) Bengals have been used extensively in the creation of this breed.
Originally Posted by GingersMom
You know what? I think that the Toyger looks like a pet quality bengal that wound up having all stripes instead of spots.
But the fur looks PLUSH - me wanna touch!!!
Thanks for the pics, Nial!
Yes that's been said many times before by all of us bengal breeders. But to give the Toyger breeders credit, my pictures didn't do these cats justice. They really are doing a remarkable job with the pattern and the Toygers I took pics of weren't the very best I've seen. Their breeder is top notch though. I've seen some that are remarkable. I do think they will have a very tough time getting the head they want. The neat thing about the Toygers is they have all the sweet playfulness of the bengals, just with stripes instead of spots.
I think it's a breed that needs a lot more work from highly dedicated breeders, but I can now see their vision and I support them. Mostly because all the Toygers I have met in person have been well adjusted very happy cats. I have had the pleasure of seeing and interacting with several of the top ranking Toygers in the world and they are amazing. The head of course still alludes these breeders but all are working hard towards that goal. So long as the breed remains healthy and vibrant while goals are met, I am in their corner.
We have been approached to help with this breed and it's goals, but have declined to do so. We're still trying to perfect the bengal and while the light is at the end of the tunnel the work isn't done yet!
I would consider one as an altered show/pet though.
They are very sweet cats.