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The Tonkinese is a medium-size cat with a solid body and a short, silky coat that comes in three patterns—solid, mink, or pointed—and eight colors. The Tonk is known for striking aqua eyes, but not all Tonkinese have them. Depending on their color and pattern, some have equally beautiful eyes ranging in color from sky blue to violet to greenish-gold.

Did You Know the Tonkinese is Outgoing, Active, and Playful?

One New Jersey cat breeder helped make Tonks popular by mentioning them on the show “Jeopardy.”

A number of cat breeds have been created using the Siamese as a base and then crossing him with other breeds to bring in desired traits, such as new colors, patterns or hair lengths. The Tonkinese is one such blend, created by crossing Siamese and Burmese.

The outgoing, active and playful Tonkinese has a strong desire to spend time with his people and involve himself in everything they are doing. You will also find that you have acquired a feline greeter who welcomes all of your guests with aplomb. When he’s not riding on your shoulder, the Tonk, as he is nicknamed, enjoys playing fetch, sitting in your lap or just chatting with you about his day. With his friendly, open attitude, he can be a good choice for families with children, other cats, or cat-friendly dogs.

The Tonkinese coat is easy to groom with weekly brushing. The only other grooming required is regular nail trimming and ear cleaning. He is prone to periodontal disease, so it’s important to brush his teeth at home with a vet-recommended pet toothpaste and schedule veterinary cleanings as needed.

The Tonkinese is well suited to any home with people who will love him and give him the attention and play he desires. Keep him indoors to protect him from cars, diseases spread by other cats and attacks from other animals. Tonkinese cats weigh six to 12 pounds and usually live for 13 or more years.

Other Quick Facts About the Tonkinese

When you look at a Tonkinese, you see a cat with a muscular, medium-size body that is heavier than it looks. His head is a modified wedge shape, slightly longer than it is wide. The eye is shaped like a peach pit, and the medium-size ears are broad at the base with an oval tip.

The glamourous Tonkinese is swathed in a minklike coat that comes in many different colors, including seal, chocolate, cinnamon, red, blue, lilac, fawn, cream and tortoiseshell points setting off a body of almost white to warm ivory. The intensity varies depending on whether the coat is pointed (high contrast, like a Siamese pattern), mink (medium contrast) or solid (low contrast, similar to the sepia tones of the Burmese).

It takes up to two years for Tonkinese coat color to fully develop.

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