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tonkinese cat - all you want to know about tonkinese cats

tonkinese cat - all you want to know about tonkinese cats

tonkinese cat - all you want to know about tonkinese cats
tonkinese cat - all you want to know about tonkinese cats

Tonkinese cat Tonkinese are a domestic  cat breed produced by crossbreeding  between the Siamese and Burmese they  share many of their parents  distinctively lively playful personality  traits and are similarly distinguished  by a pointed coat pattern in a variety  of colors in addition to the modified  coat colors of the mink pattern which is  a dilution of the point color as in  watercolors.

the breed is now being shown in the  foundation like Siamese and Burmese  colors pointed with white and solid  overall sepia they are also now  designated a natural breed as their  history has now determined them to have  been extant since the 14th century the  best-known variety is the short-haired  Tonkinese but there is a medium haired  sometimes called Tibetan which tends to  be more popular in Europe mainly in the  Netherlands Germany Belgium and France.

history it is believed that Tonkinese  live cats have existed in the West since  at least the early 19th century the  founder of the American Burmese type a  female named Wang Mao imported to the  United States in 1930 is thought to have  been genetically a crossbreed of this  type dot Wang Mao was actually a  Tonkinese though the breed was not  recognized as such at the time some of  today's.

Tonkinese can be tracked by  pedigree back to wang now more modern  Tonkinese cats are the result of the  crossbreeding programs of two breeders  working independently of each other  the first being Margaret Conroy in  Canada and Jane Barletta in the United  States crossing the Siamese and Burmese  breeds with the aim of creating the  ideal combination of both parent breeds  distinctive appearance and lively  personalities the cats thus produced  were moved from crossbreed  classification to an established breed  in 2001.

the name is a reference to the  Tonkin region of Indochina though it is  suggested only as the cat's had no  connection with the area Tonkinese cats  under the age of 6 months have  historically been referred in the West  as small cats rather than kittens to  reflect a more direct translation from  Burmese although this term has become  almost obsolete since the mid 20th  century top more recent historical data  is detailed in the cfa breed profile see  below description appearance.

Tonkinese  are a medium-sized cat  considered an intermediate type between  the slender long bodied modern Siamese  and British Burmese and the more copy or  substantially built American Burmese  like their Burmese ancestors they are  deceptively muscular and typically seem  much heavier than expected when picked  up Taylan legs are slim but  proportionate to the body with  distinctive oval paws they have a gently  rounded slightly wet shaped head and  blunted muzzle with moderately almond  shaped eyes and ear set towards the  outside of their head 

the American style  is around her but sculpted head with a  shorter body and sturdier appearance to  reflect the old fashioned Siamese and  rounded Burmese from which it was  originally bred in the United States  while many American breeders avoided  using the extreme contemporary Burmese  in favor of the more moderate  traditional Burmese the original  Tonkinese breed standard was based on  the extreme spherical style of the perms  descended from long now that newer  talked breeders wanted to avoid  defective genes in the original Burmese  lines so avoided using cats they  believed carried the so-called lethal  genes a very few older breeders simply  worked around the problem by selective  breeding

 thereby eliminating problematic  births it is possible to find some  descendants by knowledgeably reading  Tonkinese pedigrees which are available  in Tonkinese databases code in color  Tonkinese are currently officially  recognized by the cat fanciers  Association CFA in four base colors  natural a medium brown champagne a paler  buff beige blue and platinum some  European associations also accept red  cream caramel apricot and tortoiseshell  cinnamon and fawn tika the international  cat Association has always accepted all  of the colors and patterns as they are  not a selective

 Association like CFA  whose breeds and colors are determined  by its brief councils and the Executive  Board tika breeds their colors and  patterns are genetically based that  while both of these major organization  have rules for acceptance and  advancement of breeds tika adheres to a  scientific approach based on genetics  while CFA relies on its breed council  membership to determine a breeds merits  the stanky knees and CFA are limited to  those colors and patterns decided upon  with perhaps less objectivity each of  these colors is in turn divided into  three types of coat pattern point the  classic Siamese style dark face ears  legs and tail on a contrasting white or  cream base and blue eyes  solid similar to the Burmese in which  the color is essentially uniform over  the body with only faintly visible  points and gold or green eyes and mink a  unique intermediate between the other  two in which the base is a lighter shape 

tonkinese cat - all you want to know about tonkinese cats
tonkinese cat - all you want to know about tonkinese cats

 but still harmonious with the point  color and the eyes are a lighter blue  green called aquamarine they can be  anywhere on the entire blue green to  green blue spectrum owing to the  comparatively recent development of the  breed there is still some acceptable  variation in these colors and patterns  dot temperament like both parent breeds  Tonkinese are intelligent active vocal  and generally people oriented cats  playful and interested in everything  going on around them however this also  means they are easily susceptible to  becoming lonesome or bored their voice  is similar in tone to the Burmese  persistent but softer and sweeter than  the Siamese similar to the gentle  quacking of a duck like Burmese  Tonkinese are reputed to sometimes  engage in such doglike behaviors as  fetching and to enjoy jumping to great  heights genetics

the Tonkinese is a true  crossbreed type with code color and  pattern wholly dependent on whether  individuals carry the Siamese or Burmese  gene breeding to mink Tonkinese cats  does not usually yield a full litter of  mink kittens as this intermediate  pattern is the result of having one gene  for the Burmese solid pattern and one  for the Siamese pointed pattern colors  and patterns in any litter depend both  on statistical chance and the color  genetics and patterns of the parents DUP  breeding between two mink pattern cats  will on average produce half mink  kittens in one quarter each pointed in  solid kittens appointed in a solid bred  together will always produce all mink  pattern kittens appointed bred to a mink  will produce half pointed in half mink  kittens and a solid bred to a mink will  produce half solid and half mink kittens  fictional solid