Golden Tigers are the result of crossbreeding between white tigers and tiger coloring common make Best Pet. This happens when the recessive gene for the pigmentation of hair.
Remember genetics? Then a chance of happening is very small and only has news of this result in captivity because nature is not in the two color variations on the same habitat.
A golden tabby tiger is one with an extremely rare color variation caused by a recessive gene and is currently only found in captive tigers. Like the white tiger, it is a color form and not a separate species. In the case of the golden tiger, this is the wide band gene; while the white tiger is due to the color inhibitor gene. There are currently believed to be fewer than 30 of these rare tigers in the world, but many more carriers of the gene.
Few zoos have bred or exhibited golden tigers and many have no knowledge of the color or its mode of inheritance. It therefore usually appears by accident when breeding orange and white tigers together rather than through planning. As white tigers and heterozygous normal colored tigers are traded and loaned between zoos and circuses for breeding, if they also carry the wide band gene, that gene becomes widespread. When their descendants are mated together, the golden tiger color is passed on to the offspring if both parents are gene carriers. Unless golden tabby cubs are born, the zoos may have no idea that the parents carry that gene.
The first golden tiger cub born in captivity was in 1983 and this came from standard-colored Bengal tigers, both of whom carried the recessive genes for both the golden tiger and white colors. It was born at Dr. Josip Marcan’s Adriatic Animal Attractions in Deland, Florida.