Hi and welcome to our website of gorgeous Toygers!! My name is Gill Heaton and I live in Brandon, Suffolk with my husband Mike. We are both extremely passionate about cats and have for many years owned cats of various breeds to include Siamese, Tonkinese, Burmilla, Burmese, Bengals, Savannahs, Toygers and now the new breed a Marguerite.
How we get into breeding? It was a long process that began over 10 years ago whilst convalescing from a back operation and becoming quite bored of daytime television. I began surfing the internet searching for nothing in particular when I came upon the Bengal cat breed. I convinced Mike that I wanted a Bengal; we sought out a breeder and bought our first Bengal. Fast forward to 2006---I then became interested in Snow Bengals and again sought out a breeder this time with intentions of showing and breeding. We purchased the brother/sister pair we named Rupi and Nishka.
Before entertaining thoughts of showing cats, I knew there would be the need for some additional research to be carried out and while looking for suitable reading material I came across an American Cat Magazine containing an article on a new exciting breed called Toygers. Further research led me to a Toyger breeder in the UK who had the one surviving kitten (Aztec) from a litter which we agreed to buy in early 2007. We began showing in March of 2007 and while some of the shows interrupted Mikes weekend golf outings, he slowly succumbed to the passion with me and we have not looked back since.
Nishka soon began having litters; Rupi eventually made it to TICA Quadruple Grand Champion, and Aztec went on to become the first Toyger outside the USA to achieve Champion status, finishing her show career as TICA Triple Grand Champion before beginning to expand the Toyger population in the UK. Aztec is the first Toyger in the world to earn the title of Outstanding Dam and we are very proud of her achievements. She is now retired and living here with us - she is a real treasure.
All of our cats have distinct personalities and are very much part of the family. There is not a day that goes by when we are not learning something new and applying this knowledge to our continuous improvement process.
In the past few years we have been working with Jacky Bliss and with her knowledge of breeding we are hopeful to advance the Toygers further including a silver Toyger programme.
I am also involved in the Marguerite programme (developing a new breed from a Sandcat) - this is truly exciting and we cannot wait to be able to show this new breed.
Please visit Toygercatsusa.com to see some exquisite examples of the breed