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Tonkinese

Tonkinese

An Intelligent Cat

Active, Eager to please, Strong-willed

Tonkinese are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Tonkinese, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Tonkinese and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Muscular, firm, medium in length Coat:Medium short, close-lying, soft, fine

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Tonkinese need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Tonkinese can have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Tonkinese are lively and social companions that can be demanding of attention. They are well suited to active homes and multiple pets.

Positive Traits:

  • May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life

  • Loves jumping and being in high places

  • Highly interactive and playful with owners

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

Negative Traits:

  • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • Strong prey drive - will chase small animals and moving feet

  • May be mischievous if not given enough attention

  • Can be strong-willed

  • Fearless and can get into trouble if not properly supervised

Whether you are considering adding a new Tonkinese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Tonkinese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Tonkinese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Tonkinese could encounter:

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes Mellitus

Allergies/Atopy

Recently developed by crossbreeding Siamese and Burmese cats, the Tonkinese was first recognized and refined as a breed in Canada. Tonks come in a variety of colors and patterns and often have aqua colored eyes, a mix of the Siamese bright blue and the Burmese gold. The expressive Tonkinese is extremely affectionate and is content to lay on your lap for hours or even to ride around on your shoulders. Many Tonks have dog-like traits; they can be trained to leash walk and love to play fetch. The Tonkinese is outgoing and friendly; they will often be the first to welcome and entertain guests.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Tonkinese shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

  • Care

    Routine Care: Tonkinese need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Tonkinese can have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Tonkinese are lively and social companions that can be demanding of attention. They are well suited to active homes and multiple pets.

    Positive Traits:

    • May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life

    • Loves jumping and being in high places

    • Highly interactive and playful with owners

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    Negative Traits:

    • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • Strong prey drive - will chase small animals and moving feet

    • May be mischievous if not given enough attention

    • Can be strong-willed

    • Fearless and can get into trouble if not properly supervised

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Tonkinese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Tonkinese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Tonkinese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Tonkinese could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes Mellitus

    Allergies/Atopy

  • History

    Recently developed by crossbreeding Siamese and Burmese cats, the Tonkinese was first recognized and refined as a breed in Canada. Tonks come in a variety of colors and patterns and often have aqua colored eyes, a mix of the Siamese bright blue and the Burmese gold. The expressive Tonkinese is extremely affectionate and is content to lay on your lap for hours or even to ride around on your shoulders. Many Tonks have dog-like traits; they can be trained to leash walk and love to play fetch. The Tonkinese is outgoing and friendly; they will often be the first to welcome and entertain guests.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Tonkinese shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

    • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

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