With gem-colored eyes and a plush coat, the Tonkinese is an exotic blend
of two Southeast Asian
breeds: the Siamese
and the Burmese.
but also willing to snug-
gle in a lap, this intriguing breed has
a history that is both old and new.
LOVE THIS BREED!
WHO’S THAT CAT?
BY KIM CAMPBELL THORNTON
Perhaps the Tonk, as he’s nicknamed, is channeling an ancestral memory of being carried on
elephants when he jumps on a
shoulder to go for a ride. Or mimicking monkeys as he fiddles with
a lampshade, his head stuck up
inside it. These social and curious
cats are playful, enjoy fetching
toys or socks yet content to settle into a lap when they are done
exploring and investigating.
The medium-size, solidly built
Tonkinese weighs 6 to 12 pounds.
He has a softer voice than the
Siamese but is equally willing to
carry on a conversation. Get a
Tonkinese if you won’t be bothered by a cat who wants to share
in whatever you’re doing.
Living with a Tonkinese
An affectionate, adventurous
spirit makes the Tonkinese a good
choice for a family with children
who will treat him kindly and
respectfully. He can also be a
gentle and companionable friend
to seniors or
who would like a
laid-back cat. Tonks love to play
and enjoy being the center of
attention, so it’s not difficult to
teach them tricks or to walk on
Tonks are easygoing and get
along well with other cats and
Tonkinese want to be your best
friend. Expect one to, er, dog your
footsteps as you go about your GIN