The Tonkinese Profile

The Tonkinese is a hybrid of Burmese and Siamese breeds with the blend of these two breeds displaying the obvious, but more refined characteristics of each.

They are less angular in confirmation than the Siamese, and lighter in colour than the burmese, but the Tonkinese remains distinct oriental. True to the oriental breed, the Tonkinese is elegant, affectionate, curious and intelligent. They are full of life and happy to receive attention, the Tonkinese loves companionship and is not nearly as aloof as some breeds and are well suited to most situations as long as their owner realises that they have chosen a pet that needs attention and interaction.

They are more like Burmese in temperament and their colourful personality makes them ideal companions. They will take possession of your lap and shoulder, and they will supervise your activities. This breed are firmly convinced that humans were put on this earth to love them. They will become your "door greeter" and will happily entertain your guests.

They are often described by enthusuastic owners as part Puppy (following their owner around the house), part Monkey (their 'acrobatics' are legend!!), and can sound like an elephant running through your house when they choose. In short: they quickly take over and run your house and your life! Their affectionate ways are impossible to ignore, and they quickly endear themselves to family and visitors.

These are indoor only cats, as many seem to have retained strong hunting instincts, and a thorough inspection of your home prior to your Tonk's arrival should make certain screens and doors are secured to help ensure they remain indoors. "Cat proofing" your home, as much as you would for a two-year old human on the loose, is bound to save you frustration.

Toys and an interesting cat tree will help keep them occupied when you have other things to do besides playing with your Tonk. Working humans find two Tonks will keep each other company as well as lessen the mischief one bored Tonk can get into.

Caring for your Tonk is as easy as feeding a well balanced feline diet, clipping their nails weekly (providing a scratching post and insisting that they use it is also imperative), and using a rubber brush to groom them.