Tonkinese breed has been around in Australia for quite a while. So why is it
only now becoming so popular?
Firstly, the personality of the
Tonkinese is, to me, unique. A cat that will retrieve things for you, run
and meet you at the front door when you get home from work, insist on
sitting on your lap or the most comfortable position, a cat that not only
gets along with dogs but has them wrapped around their little claws, can be
taken for walks on a lead, are all characteristics of a fantastic breed.
The look of the Tonkinese also draws many people in. It is a
medium between the svelte elegance of the Siamese and the cobby boldness of
the Burmese. The mink, although not unique to the Tonkinese, is
certainly an outstanding feature. The incomplete dominance of the Siamese
and the Burmese colour gene creates a stunning look, when added to the aqua
But wait - there's more. The Tonkinese comes in Siamese and Burmese coat
types as well. Many Tonk lovers choose a Tonk rather than the Siamese or
Burmese because they don't like the extremes both breeds can become. For
example, many kitten buyers choose a colourpoint because they had a Siamese
many years ago when they were much rounder in the face. Some Tonk buyers
choose a solid coat type because they don't like the face too short,
combined with the stunning green colour that solid coat Tonkinese have
The Tonkinese come in 4 basic colours:-
Seal - dark brown
Blue - grey
Chocolate - ruddy brown
Lilac - a soft mushroom colour
(Added to this, the Tonkinese now come in Red, Tabby and Tortie coats as
well. As you can see, we have a cat for just about everyone.
The Tonkinese in the last few years have become recognised by the major
Cat Councils. As a result, there are more breeders producing cats which are
now eligible for Championship status. Being shown brings them into the
public eye, as does appearing on programs such as Burke's Backyard,
Totally Wild and Harry's Practice.
When you put all these factors together, you end up with a
stunning cat, with a fantastic personality that stands above all others. Why
wouldn't they be popular?