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Native Country
United States Of America, Canada
Other Names
Life Expectancy
Approximately 15 Years
Litter Size
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Breed Appearance
The Tonkinese is a medium-sized cat with a sturdy, compact appearance similar to the Burmese and traditional Siamese cats. The breed comes in a variety of different colors and markings, including natural mink, champagne mink, blue mink, platinum mink, sable brown with points, champagne with points, blue with points, and platinum with points.

Breed Description
Head: Seen from the front, resembles an equilateral triangle with rounded contours. Medium-sized, slightly longer than it is wide. High cheekbones. Muzzle of medium length, angular with a slight break. Nose with a very slight stop. Slight whisker pinch. Chin neither prominent nor weak.
Eyes: Shaped like a peach pit, well-spaced, and set at a slant. Blue-green or aqua in color.
Neck: Moderately long, muscular.
Body: Neither light nor compact. Semi-foreign type. The croup is slightly higher than the shoulders. Medium-boned. Well-developed muscles.
Paw: Hind legs slightly longer than forelegs. Well-muscled. Oval paws.
Tail: Moderately long, broad at the base but not thick, tapering slightly to the tip.
Coat: Short, fine, silky, lustrous, luxuriant, lying very flat against the body like that of the mink. Colors: characteristic Siamese markings on a darker background close to the original color of the Burmese. These markings blend gradually into the coat with no clear contrast as in the Siamese. The Tonkinese does not attain final coloring before 16 months and tends to darken throughout life, like the Burmese and Siamese. Colors are the same as for the Burmese but slightly more subtle: - natural mink (sable in the Burmese; seal in the Siamese): medium warm brown body and dark chocolate extremities - champagne mink: cream chamois body, light brown extremities - blue mink: soft blue-gray body, medium blue to slate-gray extremities - platinum mink: very pale silver-gray body, darker silver extremities - honey mink: apricot gold to amber body, reddish-brown extremities The C.F.A. does not recognize the honey mink variety.
Fault: Round head, round eyes, short muzzle. Cobby or Oriental type body. Bars on the body. Bone deformities in the tail. Yellow eyes.

A Siamese-Burmese hybrid in a mink coat This new breed initially called the Golden Siamese was created in North America and Canada in the 1930s by crossing the Siamese and the Burmese. At first, it was not popular at all. Note that at the time, the Siamese was larger and stockier, and the Burmese was less round than today. Not until 1960 was this cat, renamed the Tonkinese, finally appreciated. It was recognized in 1974 by the Canadian Cat Association and in 1978 by the C.F.A. Popular in the United States, the Tonkinese remains rare in Europe.

Always on the alert, the Tonkinese is active and playful. As an athlete, he needs space, but he tends to run away. Very sociable with other cats, gentle and affectionate toward his owner, the Tonkinese is less exclusive than the Siamese. Still, he requires lots of attention and despises solitude. In terms of grooming, he requires weekly brushing. While a Siamese-Burmese cross produces only Tonkinese kittens, it must be noted that mating two Tonkinese statistically produces 50% Tonkinese, 25% Burmese, and 25% Siamese kittens, which explains why European cat associations do not consider the Tonkinese to be a true breed.

This breed is pretty healthy. But they are susceptible to get disease of the gums and gingivitis due to their Siamese ancestry.

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