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)
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.
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