Originally Posted by missymotus
The few people I know of over here who've met Toygers were not at all impressed with their temperament.
That's a shame, I doubt it's to do with the breed per se, but in a way it doesn't surprise me too much. I've seen breeders' websites that actually use the term 'designer breed' as their main selling point - and I do fear that there are breeders who have jumped on the bandwagon who are in such a rush to create a certain look that they are maybe not that concerned about whether the great looking cat they are breeding from has a good temperament. I want to make it clear that I'm not talking about all Toyger breeders here, but as is usually the case there are always going to be some that ruin it for the good people!
Yes looks are important when developing (or conserving) a breed, but should never be at the expense of producing cats with whom it is a joy to share your life - and I worry that the concentration of some "breeders" on the so called designer aspect of the breed have done just that.
Similar thing happened to Burmese here some years back now, they got quite a reputation for having awful temperaments, with some breeders actually boasting that their cats were fierce and difficult to handle, but didn't they look beautiful. Fortunately thanks to more ethical people, the Burmese remains a loving and popular pet which is as it should be.