Tonkinese

Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Vocal
Intelligence
Health
Grooming & Shedding
Kid Friendly
Other Pets

Size

Eye Color

Fur 

Male: 8-12lbs
Female: 8-10lbs
Blue
Short
Glossy, Smooth

Colors

Patttern

Longevity

Platinum, Champagne, Natural, Blue
Solid, Milk, Pointed
9-13 Years

Overview

A mix of the Siamese and Burmese, the Tonkinese was created to find a cat that was the best of both worlds. A less annoying voice than the Siamese but the loving and affectionate nature of the Burmese. The result was a small, dark-brown cat that we know as the Tonkinese. Originally referred to as the “Golden Siamese”, the original breeds first appeared in the 1950’s.

Shortly after, cat associations began registering the Tokinese and eventually other cat breeds societies recognized them shortly after. The name was orignally spelled “Tonkanese” but shortly after the Vietnam War, the spelling was switched to Tokinese to make people think of The Bay of Tonkin in Vietnam. The Tokinese breed has no association with Vietnam in any capacity.

Personality

Similar to his 50% half of Siamese, the Tonkinese is intelligent and highly active. They enjoy being at the highest point in the house and looking down upon all the action. They are capable of complex puzzles and leash walking, much like the Siamese and can eve learn to do tricks provided you give them a strong enough rewards. The Tokinese is a stubborn breed that wants to do things their way, but their affable personality makes them lovable and stubborn at the same time.

His nickname is The Tonk. He’ll never stop thirsting for attention and likely won’t stop until you give him the focus and affection he feels he deserves. The Tonkinese will follow you around from room to room, patiently watching your every activity and occasionally chirping in with his opinions. If you’re a career professional with no family at home to keep him active, it’s probably best to consider another friend to keep him entertained and occupied.

Health

Tonkinese are generally healthy, although they can be prone to gingivitis and may be sensitive to anesthesia. Because they descend from the Siamese, albeit relatively far up on their family tree, they may also develop some of the same diseases that affect the Siamese, including the following:

  • Amyloidosis, a disease that occurs when a type of protein called amyloid is deposited in body organs, primarily the liver in members of the Siamese family
  • Asthma/bronchial disease
  • Congenital heart defects such as aortic stenosis
  • Crossed eyes
  • Gastrointestinal conditions such as megaesophagus
  • Hyperesthesia syndrome, a neurological problem that can cause cats to excessively groom themselves, leading to hair loss, and to act frantically, especially when they are touched or petted
  • Lymphoma
  • Nystagmus, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary rapid eye movement
  • Progressive retinal atrophy, for which a genetic test is available

Care

The soft, short coat of the Tonkinese is easily cared for with weekly brushing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oil. A bath is rarely necessary.

The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.

Children And Other Pets

The active and social Tonkinese is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority. Always introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.

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