Merging the best in personality and coat color from the Siamese and the Burmese, the extroverted and affectionate Tonkinese is a "new" breed with much older roots. With soft hues of sepia and mink, this elegant cat is a picturesque addition to any home, but their playful and loving attitude, and their natural affinity for curling up in laps, is really what has made them such a popular pedigreed breed.
It is believed the first Tonkinese, Wong Mau, arrived in the United States in the 19th century, mistakenly identified as a Burmese. Wong Mau was a naturally occurring example of her breed, though the breed hadn't yet been named. The modern Tonk is the result of cross breeding the Siamese and the Burmese in an attempt to replicate the Tonkinese of an early period.
Appearance / health:
The Tonkinese is a medium sized cat with a muscular, rectangular build. While not delicately boned, the Tonkinese isn't stocky either. Their legs and tail are slim but proportionate, and they have medium-sized oval feet. The head is described as a short, modified wedge, slightly longer than wide and with gentle contours. The muzzle is medium in length, with a slight taper to a blunt finish. The nose has a slightly convex curvature. The ears are longer than they are wide with oval tips. The eyes have an almond-shaped curve on top with a rounder bottom lid. They are medium-sized and proportionate with the face. Eye color corresponds with coat, featuring greens, golds, and blues.
The coat is medium-short in length, silky and fine, close-lying to the body. The Tonkinese comes 3 patterns (solid, mink, and pointed) and 8 colors: seal, chocolate, cinnamon, red, blue, lilac, fawn, cream, and tortoiseshell. The pointed Tonkinese has a very distinct difference between body and point colors, while mink is somewhat less contrasted, and the solid Tonkinese is barely contrasted at all. Tonkinese kittens may be born a lighter shade, and developer darker coloration as they age. It can take up to two years for a Tonkinese coat to fully develop.
Behavior / temperament:
The Tonkinese is a people-loving breed, affectionate and out-going. The Tonkinese will greet your guests as if they were its own and quickly try to make friends. This is a cat who will take every opportunity to crawl into a lap. They can be demanding in their need for attention, but they never fail to reciprocate the love they receive. The Tonk will be most appreciated by those looking for a close companion.
Intelligent and inquisitive, the Tonkinese will watch over everything you do. When you're not home, the Tonk may get bored easily and find ways you may or may not approve of to entertain themselves. They do well with having a feline companion to keep them company, and they also enjoy puzzle toys. Make sure the treats are well secured: the Tonkinese will make quick work of easily opened doors and cupboards. They're also active and athletic, and no shelf is too high to reach - or at least, they won't know until they try.
The Tonkinese is a family-friendly breed who enjoys the extra attention and energy of polite children. They do well with other cats and may be particularly grateful for the extra company if you're away for much of the day. And be warned – the Tonkinese has inherited some of the Siamese chattiness, though with a somewhat softer voice.
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From Megan S 54 days ago
Not the best experience I've had with a cat
I obtained my Tonkinese from a friend who was moving overseas. I had previously lost a cat and wanted to get another hoping I would have the same wonderful experience. I was wrong. I naively thought that Tonkinese were similar to Burmese (a few of my friends have Burmese and they are simply wonderful) and would have a friendly cuddly cat! Zak was already an adult when I got him, so it's always difficult to know what he could have been like from a kitten. The thing that got me the most was he just wouldn't stop meowing. And it wasn't a cute meow, it's really hard to describe the sound that these cats make. After a bit of research I discovered that they are one of the more vocal breeds of cats. He also wasn't very social, sometimes he would come and sit on my lap, but this was after many weeks of me having him. He would mostly just hide in the basement or bedroom whilst anyone was home. When we weren't home though, he would destroy everything! Curtains, couches, shoes, you name it. We finally had to start shutting him downstairs in the garage while we were at work which was really unfair and I feel so guilty for, but we weren't sure what else to do or we would be spending a fortune on getting all our possesions replaced! He had never been an outside cat, so we were afraid to let him outside as we didn't know if he would make it back. Unfortunately one day a window was left open and he escaped, never to be seen again. I'm not going to totally criticise this breed, as I know they are popular but perhaps are better to have from kitten age, rather than from an adult as they don't seem to adapt well to new environments. They are beautiful regal looking cats and I'm sure they make many owners very happy (that don't mind the vocals!). I would suggest getting to know the breed first and ensuring it's right for your household.
From moniquenz Apr 1 2015 2:13PM