What I Wish People Knew About Exotic Pets (12)

There are approximately 400 Toygers in existence, being bred from descendants of a home Bengal Cat (which itself originates from a wild Asian Leopard Cat), crossed with other home cats.

They appear to be a typical canine, however it is mentioned that they are truly a species of ‘wild’ dog. Taxonomists can’t seem to agree on the origin or classification of this animal; do they originate from feral domesticated dogs (and if so, would that make them not an ‘unique’ pet?), are they a hybrid between dogs and dingos? Are they a subspecies or a breed? Some have categorised the singing dog as a distinct species with the scientific title Canis hallstromi, but later they have been grouped with the Australian Dingo as a feral wild subspecies of the home canine, (Canis familiaris dingo), and this induced zoos to cease breeding them.

So mainly, the logic being exercised here is … Read more