People that think cats are loners and prefer to spend their time under the bed or hiding from guests, have never met a Tonkinese cat.
The Tonkinese is a cross between the Siamese and Burmese breeds. This gives them a moderate body type, courtesy of the Burmese, and though talkative, Tonks have a less piercing voice than the Siamese. When this cat breed was given a name, the exotic-sounding Bay of Tonkin in Vietnam was used, but the cats have no association with the country.
Tonks are friendly, curious, smart, attentive and very loving. They do well in pairs and in a family setting, which can include children and cat-friendly dogs. They are very lively, love to play, and they will always want to know what you are doing. If you are looking for active cats that also love to be close to their humans, a Tonk is a wonderful choice. They will play, explore, fetch their favorite toys and then settle in your lap or next to your legs.
Coat, Color and Appearance
Tonkinese have a short coat that is a medium thickness and feels silky and soft. It comes in mink, solid, and pointed shades of natural, blue, platinum and champagne. Their fur will ”ripen” and darken to some degree over time, usually taking at least two years. They shed only lightly and benefit from weekly brushing. Eye color is aqua, blue, green or yellow-green, depending on coat color. Tonkinese have been known to weigh from 6-18 pounds. Colors include: natural mink, champagne mink, blue mink, platinum mink, natural solid, champagne solid, blue solid, platinum solid, natural point, champagne point, blue point and platinum point.
Health and Caring for a Tonkinese
They are known to have very few health problems and are a vigorous breed. They can suffer from the same ailments as any other breed if not cared for properly but are described to be one of the healthier breeds of cats. Crossed eyes and dental issues are reported in some profiles.
In summary, Tonkinese cats are active, friendly, happy and healthy. You will never regret adding one (or more!) to your family.
(** To see Tonks Precious & Romeo at their Tonkville habitat, visit http://instagram.com/lonekoala
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