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Tonkinese Cats

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The Tonkinese is the result of a Canadian breeding program set up in the 1960s. One of the key players was Jane Bartlett, who set out to create a breed somewhere between a Burmese and a Siamese, but, at the same time, similar to earlier naturally-occurring Tonkinese cats.

At the same time, Canadian breeder Margaret Conroy also set up a program. She had a timid Burmese female that she was worried about sending out to a stud. She instead decided, on recommendation from a judge, to breed her Burmese female with a Siamese. Bartlett and Conroy began to work together, and from there the Tonkinese breed was developed and established.


Tonkinese are strong-willed cats who love attention and affection. They follow you everywhere and anywhere. They are highly intelligent and can be trained (although owners point out that lots of patience and perseverance is required). They are extremely sociable, and hate being left on their own. They are also very vocal - not surprising given their Siamese and Burmese genes.


Natural (a medium brown), champagne (a paler beige), blue, platinum, red, cream, caramel, apricot and tortoiseshell.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Place of Origin: USA
  • Rough date of Origin: 1950s
  • Hair length: Shorthair
  • Activity Level: High
  • Vocalness: High
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Playfull
  • Grooming Requirements: Less than once per week
  • Weight: 2.5 - 5.5kg
  • Size: Medium
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
  • Social Needs:

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