Tonkinese Cat Breed Information

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Tonkinese Cat Breed Introduction

The Tonkinese breed (also called the Tonkanese breed) is a hybrid of the Siamese and Burmese cat breeds.

Tonkinese Behavior/Personality

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

It is said that Tonkinese cats tend to be the rare cats who actually enjoy playing fetch. Tonkinese cats tend to be vocal, but without quite as piercing a voice as the Siamese cat breed. They are also generally said to be curious and affectionate.

Tonkinese Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Tonkinese breed based on information in the Cat Fanciers' Association Breed Standard and Wikipedia (March 2006)

  • Head: slightly rounded wedge-shape
  • Ears: medium-sized
  • Eyes: almond-shaped and slanted
  • Body: medium-long and muscular
  • Legs: slender with back legs slightly longer than front
  • Paws: oval-shaped
  • Tail: tapered
  • Coat: medium-short, silky; "mink"

Tonkinese History

Source: Cat Fanciers' Association Breed Article and Wikipedia (March 2006)

Cats resembling today's Tonkinese cats have been described in Asia since at least the end of the nineteenth century. In fact, the first cat of the Burmese breed, Wong Mau, had a coat that was much like the current Tonkinese coat.

The modern Tonkinese breed can be credited to two breeders in the 1960s, Jane Barletta, a US breeder of Siamese cats, and Margaret Conroy of Canada. The breed was the result of crosses between the Siamese and Burmese cat breeds. Margaret Conroy named the breed "Tonkanese," though most associations eventually went with "Tonkinese," with an "i" instead of an "a."

There was some opposition to the breed in its early years and even today, since the characteristic traits of the breed were precisely the traits bred out of the Siamese and Burmese breeds. However, the breed has become relatively popular, with hundreds of registrations and recognitions in cat shows.

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