Tonkinese cats are beautiful, playful, and affectionate. Discover the facts about this adorable breed!
A cross between Burmese and Siamese, the breed Tonkinese, was first accepted into the Canadian Cat Association in 1967 and accepted for championship by the Canadian Cat Association in 1971. The Cat Fanciers’ Association accepted this breed in 1971. For a much more detailed history of Tonkinese cats, visit:
Tonkinese come in a variety of colors and patterns, 12 different combinations in all. Tonkinese can be one of three patterns, the difference between the colors on the points and the body. They can also be one of four base colors, which is the color of the cat’s points, the paws, tail, and face. Base colors include blue, natural, platinum, and champagne. Tonkinese cats who possess blue as a base color have a stele blue face, paws, and tail. Champagne cats possess medium brown, paws, face, and tail. Natural Tonkinese cats display dark brown points while platinum cats have frosty gray points.
The patterns of Tonkinese cats range from slight contrast to high contrast. The way in which you can tell a Tonkinese cat’s pattern is to look at the difference of the colors on the cat’s body and points. A Tonkinese who possesses a solid pattern has the least amount of contrast between its body and point colors. Point Tonkinese, on the other hand, have the most contrast between its body and points. Mink patterned Tonkinese lay between the two extremes, with medium contrast in colors.
Tonkinese kittens do not possess the colors they will eventually have as adults. All Tonkinese kittens are born with solid colors ranging from off-white to darker colored fur. All kittens also have blue eyes. Their fur and eyes change color as these cats age.
Not only are these cats beautiful, they possess amazing personalities. They are very affectionate and demand your attention and love in return. They love to cuddle up to their owners, which means you may have a cat who sleeps with you at night, sits on your lap while you read or watch television, and follows you around the house. Tonkinese cats are ideal pets for homes with children, other cats, and dogs, as they tend to do well in these circumstances. Tonkinese love to play; they will even play fetch with you. Thus, you can enjoy a game of fetch with your dog and your cat!
These adorable cats also love to be in high places such as on an owner’s shoulders, in high windowsills, on top of computer desks, or on top of bookcases. Their curiosity shows that Tonkinese cats are intelligent, but an owner must keep a watchful eye on these cats because sometimes their curiosity might lead to dangerous situations.
It is not recommended you get a Tonkinese cat if you plan to work very long hours outside your home. Tonkinese cats do not like to be alone. Rather, they thrive when paired with another Tonkinese or any other breed of cat as well.
With their beautiful appearance and amazing personalities who could resist getting a Tonkinese cat or two?