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Tonkinese are a medium sized cat breed that has similar physical characteristics to the Siamese and Burmese breeds. Often referred to as "Tonks", the history of this breed is somewhat uncertain. Depending on who tells it, you may get a different story each time you hear it. The Tonks is thought to be a fairly new breed of cat and is the result of cross-breeding between the Siamese and Burmese cats. However, there is also evidence to suggest that Tonkinese-like cats have been around since the 1800s.


The Tonkinese cat is a lively and energetic one that is full of life. They are quite vocal and eager to share any "news" they have with their owners. This breed loves to play especially enjoying the interaction between itself and its toys and its human owners. Intelligent, like most cats, the Tonkinese does not seem to have the arrogance that some breeds have, nor does it have a strong independent streak. This breed is considered by many to have the best attributes of the Siamese and Burmese breeds, which themselves are prized for their temperaments.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 6-12 pounds (2-6kg)

    Female: 6-10 pounds (2-5kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    Up to 15 years is common for the Tonkinese

  • Litter Size

    6 kittens on average.

  • Grooming

    This breed does not need a lot of grooming. The short coat is relatively easy to care for and the cat itself can do most of the work. However, brushing or combing the cat once a week will help to keep it in the best condition.

  • Recognition