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    How to identify a Tonkinese cat?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceTuesday 20 September 2011

    Tonkinese are medium sized cats with firm and muscular body. They have long and slender legs and tail that make them look really elegant. Tonkinese cats are the result of a crossbreeding between the Siamese and Burmese cat breeds, although some Tonkineses lovers claim that this breed has existed since at least the early 19th century. The result of the crossbreeding was the best of both Siamese and Burmese in one cat. If you are planning to buy a Tonkinese cat you should learn how to identify this breed. Bear in mind that these cats are curious and very active pets that enjoy company of other cats and humans. They need space to exercise and enjoy being kept in gardens. If you want to get a Tonkinese cat you should be ready to provide it with all love and attention they demand.

    Body of the cat should be a medium sized and have long legs. Tonkineses are well muscled and lean. The hind legs are a bit longer than the front legs to raise the hind above the shoulders. The slender legs and tail makes this breed look very elegant. Tonkineses have oval paws and a wedge shaped head and ears which prick forward. They are quite large with rounded tips. The nose has a slight stop to it. Tonkinese eyes are large, almond shaped and slanty. They should be a shade of blue-green (or light blue) and set wide upon the face. 

    Feel the coat of the cat. It should be short and soft with a shiny coat. The coloration is generally darker, like the Burmese cats, but maintains the points of the Siamese cats. According to the Tonkinese Breed Association, Tonkinese, Siamese, and Burmese have the same basic four colours although they are called by different names.

    Genetic name

    Tonkinese name

    Siamese name

    Burmese name

    Black Dense




    Black dilute




    brown Dense




    brown dilute




    Colour names by breed

    Source: Tonkinese Breed Association

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