The ideal Tonkinese is intermediate in type, neither cobby nor svelte. The Tonkinese should give the overall impression of an alert, active cat with good muscular development.

Whether appearing in the coat pattern of its Burmese predecessor, with sparkling gold-green eyes, the pointed pattern of its Siamese ancestor, with glittering blue eyes, or the "mink" coat pattern seen in the show ring, with its unique aqua eyes, the Tonkinese is an intelligent, gregarious cat with a sense of humor.

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COAT LENGTH: Shorthair
CHARACTERISTICS: Originally developed from Burmese and Siamese; strikes a balance between the two parent breeds
PERSONALITY: Social, busy, extremely loving, people oriented, likes to talk

These cats are firmly convinced that humans were put on earth to love them. The colorful personality of the Tonkinese make them ideal companions. They will take possession of your lap and shoulder, and they will supervise your activities. They are warm and loving, highly intelligent, with an incredible memory and senses that are akin to radar. They are strong willed, and their humans are wise to use persistent persuasion in training them. They are naturals at inventing and playing games, using favorite toys to play fetch, and delighting in games of tag with each other. Of course hide 'n seek is a favorite game, which they play with humans as well as other Tonks. They become your "door greeter" and will happily entertain your guests. They have been described by enthusiastic 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.

"Cat proofing" your home, 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 them.

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"My husband and I recently acquired a 4 year old Tonkinese from a shelter organization. We have enjoyed his antics. He's a very observant, masked bandit. He's a bit dog like in that he follows you around the house, waits for you by the door when you come home and likes to fetch paper wads."

"My two-and-a-half-year-old Tonkinese, Sissy, is a true joy! It's not just her strong, athletic body and beautiful platinum mink coat. She has such a lively, magical spirit, such a happy serenity so much of the time; she seems to me like a feline Buddhist; it is a privilege and a delight to share my home with her!"

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