How Much Does a Toyger Cost?
The Toyger is a new breed of domestic cats reminiscent of the tiger. Created in the late 80s, this designer cat was developed through the selective breeding of domestic cats. It has a distinctive appearance with its pelted and glittered look. While it is purely bred as a human companion, it is still a breed in development. As the Toyger is an exotic type of cat, it naturally comes at a steep price.
How much does it cost?
- In most cases, this breed can range in price anywhere from $500 to as much as $3,000. The price will greatly depend on the marking, its parents, the breeder and the quality.
- According to Jungletrax.com, there are three chief categories used in pricing pedigreed cats like Toygers: pet quality, breeder quality and show quality. Pet quality Toygers cost $500 to $1,500 while breeder and show quality Toygers cost $1,500 to $3,000.
- Primaevalcats.com, a small Toyger cattery located in Texas Hill Country, sells Toygers according to the three main categories: pet, breed and show quality. Pet quality Toyger kittens start at $500 and up, while ‘tiger’ striped pet kittens start at $1,250 and up. The prices of breed quality Toygers start at $2,250 and up, while show quality Toygers start at $3,500 and up. The prices of kittens depend on how well they satisfy the Toyger standard, while prices for breed and show quality cats depend on availability.
- At Toyger-cat.com, breeder quality kittens cost $2,000 or more and have markings that make them appropriate for the show ring, including spots, ticking, and a white tail tip. Show quality kittens cost $1,500 and up and usually exhibit the brightest colors, the clearest contrast and the best patterns. Pet quality kittens cost $500 to $1,500. These Toygers usually have traits that render them unsuitable for breeding programs, such as a lack of dark contrast, a coat without glitter, or too many stripes. Outcross kittens, which are bred to a different cat breed to increase the gene pool, are also available and cost $300 to $500.
What is going to be included?
- With some Toyger breeders, the cost includes spaying/neutering, proper vaccinations and deworming, TICA registration papers, avid micro-chipping and a health guarantee.
- A kitten contract is also required by some cat breeders before a deposit is placed.
What are the extra costs?
- Potential buyers who wish a breeder to hold a Toyger for them usually need to pay a holding fee of $200 or more depending on the breeder. This holding fee may or may not be refundable.
- Toyger buyers usually pay for transportation costs and shipping fees. Some catteries charge $275 to $300 for shipping costs, which include airfare, carrier, rabies vaccine and a health certificate.
Factors that influence the price:
- Quality. Toygers for show are normally the most expensive of Toygers for sale. They embody the breed standards and are rarely put up for sale. Breed quality Toygers are the second most expensive ones due to their excellent bloodlines and capability to produce remarkable offspring. Often, breed quality Toygers are those that have not passed show quality standards due to non-showable faults like pink paw pads, blue eyes, white tail tip and lockets. Pet quality Toygers are the least costly of the three, being unsuitable for the show ring and do not have the characteristics appropriate for a breeding program. Outcross Toygers, which are bred from other types of cats, are usually the least inexpensive ones and can be obtained for about $500.
- Characteristics. In pricing Toygers, breeders adhere to the TICA (The International Cat Association) Breed Standards for the Toyger Cat when evaluating the kittens at around 5 to 8 weeks of age. The standards provide comprehensive details of the Toyger cat markings for which you should look when classifying them. A Toyger possessing the qualities stated in the guidelines are typically the most valued.
- Shipping costs. Toyger breeders will usually pass on the shipping fees to buyers, which then increases the overall cost of a Toyger. Shipping charges can cost anywhere from $200 to $300, depending on the breeder and the location, whether domestic or international. This is most likely inevitable since it is rare to find a Toyger breeder in your area.
Tips to know:
- Buy Toygers only from reputable breeders and catteries to make sure of their quality and health. Normally, conscientious breeders only sell their Toyger kittens and cats to people who pass their expectations and qualifications to make sure that their Toygers go only to people who they know will take care of the cats.
- Before buying a Toyger, you may want to first see Toygers in show rings. TICA provides a list of cat clubs, fanciers and catteries for people who wish to learn more about Toygers.
- Make sure that the Toyger you bought has been spayed or neutered before it leaves the breeder. Also, check for the required documentations about the bloodline of the Toyger as well as its health and temperament records.
Questions to ask:
- How long have you been breeding Toygers?
- Are your pet quality Toygers raised like the show quality types?
- How do I know if a Toyger kitten is pure-bred or an outcross?
- Have your Toygers undergone veterinarian examinations?
- Have they received the required vaccinations?
- Have they been de-wormed and de-sexed?
- Do you provide a health guarantee for all your Toygers?
- Do you sell Toygers that have not been de-sexed?
How can I save money?
- Getting an outcross Toyger kitten is a more affordable alternative compared with buying a Toyger kitten. Outcross kittens often have glittered and attractive colors with soft and velvety coat, but their patterns usually consist of a blend of spots and stripes.
- Adopting a Toyger is also less expensive; some breeders, for example, charge about $200 to place a retired Toyger stud.