Tonkinese Cat Advantages and Challenges
Tonkinese Cat Physical Characteristics
Tonkinese Cat Personality
A man-made cross between the Siamese and Burmese, the Tonkinese combines the best characteristics of these two popular breeds.Known as the Ancient Copper Cat of South-East Asia, the elegant Tonk has the darker coat of the Burmese and the point pattern of the Siamese, but with dramatically darker points.
Tonkinese Cat History and General Information
History and Origin
The first documented Tonkinese was the legendary Wong Mau, a cat brought from the Far East to South-East Asia in the 1930's, who was bred with a Siamese male to create the modern Burmese breed. She was the only known cat of her kind in the West. The modern Tonkinese breed was developed in Canada in the 1960's, and was given championship status in 1984.
Grooming needs for this short haired Tonkinese cat are minimal. An occasional bath, a bi-weekly brushing, and your Tonkinese will remain sleek and beautiful throughout the seasons.
Tonkinese Cat Health
In general Tonkinese cats are healthy cats with no known common genetic problems. As a Siamese derivative they do share common distinctive genetic “faults” including a tendency toward crossed eyes and kinked tail, all of which are cosmetic and require no medical treatment. Selecting a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store can help eliminate many of these genetic issues. Maintaining your Tonkinese cat’s proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.
Tonkinese Cat Community
Your Tonkinese Cat
Send us pictures and stories about your Tonkinese Cat.
Tonkinese Cat Discussion Group
Get tips from other Tonkinese Cat lovers – and submit a few ideas of your own.