The Tonkinese Cat

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The Tonkinese Cat is a little gem of an animal that was created when breeders in the U.S. crossed the Burmese cat with the Traditional Siamese cat. 

the experiment to combine two exceptional breeds ultimately paid off

because the Tonkinese turned out to be a superior housecat, atuned to the family, affectionate and adaptable, and friendly with dogs, other cats and children. When first developed in the1930's, the cats were called "Golden Siamese". It wasn't until the 1960's that the name was changed to "Tonkanese" after the island in the musical South Pacific. Over the years the name was misspelled with the assumption that the cats were named after the Tonkin region of Indochina, and "Tonkinese" was the name used to register the breed in 1974

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Tonkinese Cat Personality

The Tonkinese is a small, sweet, and highly domestic cat created by mixing two beloved breeds. The result is a cat with the active, people-oriented, and vocal Siamese type drive, and the soft, sweet and fragile personality of the Burmese. .

a very special breed that makes for truely lovely company

The Tonkinese Cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. It is a relatively uncommon pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed. The Tonkinese comes in various shades of brown, cream, blue and red, either solid or with darker points. Ideally,

the points are more subtle and shaded than those of the Siamese. The coat is unusually soft and has the texture and look of mink. Shedding is average and only occasional grooming is desired. The breed is known for its exceptional personality. Playful, sweet, talkative and loving, the Tonk is a fine companion, getting along with dogs, other cats and children equally. These are slender, graceful, smallish-sized cats that have few breed-related health issues. Because it is active and loves interaction the Tonkinese is a superb family cat that does well with considerate children, is extremely affectionate, and likes to be included in all family activities. -Tonkinese Cat Facts


Tonkinese Cat Breed Standards

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Head Shape: The head is longer than it is wide. It is a modified wedge which forms an equilateral triangle when seen from the front. Forehead and nose are slightly convex, giving a unique look to the face. Muzzle is medium length, neatly formed, full and with a firm chin and smooth cheeks. The ears are medium to large in size, taller than wide with medium width to the base and rounded tips. The eyes are almond shaped, wide and brilliant, slightly angled. Eye color may be any appropriate to coat color.
Body and Tail: Small, solid and well-rounded. Should look neither stocky, nor delicate. Some individuals can be quite lean and muscular. The legs are of medium length, slightly longer in the back, with medium size, oval shaped feet. The tail is slim and of medium length, with rounded tip and no taper. It must not be whippy.
Coat: The fur is very short in length. Very soft, close to the body and very shiny.
Pattern: This cat comes in solid, mink or pointed pattern, and in four shades- blue, champagne, platinum, and a dark brown called mink. Tabby or tiger type markings are highly undesirable.
Overall Appearance: This should be a hard-bodied, lean and muscular cat with remarkable heft for the size. Graceful and exotic overall. The coat is short, soft and sleek with remarkable sheen. A neat little package of a cat with a charming and affectionate personality.


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