The Tonkinese breed of cats is said to a cross breed between the Siamese and the Burmese. It is this reason because of which it is called “The Love Child” of the Siamese and the Burmese cats. One of the most famous companion cats, the Tonkinese is a social, loving, playful and active cat. Despite its playfulness it can be a very good “lap cat”. It can be your perfect companion playing with you games like “hide and seek” or “catch the ball”. These medium sized cats are muscular yet beautiful.

Tonkinese Breed Information

It is believed that the Tonkinese cats have been into existence in the western countries since the 19th century. The ancestor of this breed is said to be a female called Wong Mau who was bought to the American shores in 1930. She was the first cross breed of the Tonkinese. Further, more Burmese and Siamese breed of cats were bred to one another giving us a larger generation of Tonkinese breed of cats. The name of the breed finds route to the Tonkin territory of Indo-China. However, the name is suggestive as it finds no relation to the Tonkin region.
The Tonkinese love to play and they are very good at fetching things for you. They quickly get acquainted with family members and visitors. These fun loving cats are very good door greeters. They do not prefer being ignored and having another Tonkinese at home will give them better company and double their fun and mischief. They vocalize a lot and anticipate response from you as well.
  • Activity level: 5/5 (playful and active)
  • Intelligence level: 5/5 (very brainy)
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (curious and learners)
  • Friendliness: 5/5 (friendly with family members, guests and other pets)
  • Vocal: 4/5 (talkative with a less raspy voice)
  • Fur: They come in a variety of colors and patterns. Four of the base colors are blue, platinum, natural brown and champagne.
  • Eyes: The eyes are almond shaped generally striking aquamarine (blue-green) in color.
  • Body structure: They are heavy and muscular with slim legs and tail that are proportionate to the body.
  • Facial features: The head is slightly rounded and wedge shaped with a blunt muzzle and medium sized erect ears.
  • Weight: They can weigh anywhere between 6 to 12 lb or more.
Health and Care
Descending from the Siamese breed of cats, the Tonkinese may fall to some diseases that are genetic in the Siamese family tree. Amyloidosis is a condition in which amyloid (a kind of protein gets deposited in the liver and other organs of the body. Veterinarians detect the condition with a total blood count and urine analysis. These cats may also be affected by asthma or bronchial disease. This can be diagnosed by some blood work, radiographs and certain parasite tests. Weekly brushing is needed to maintain the soft short coat of the Tonkinese cats. You can use soft wipes to clean the corners of the mouth and eyes for daily hygiene. Cleaning of the ears can be done with a soft damp cloth.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at
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