Tokinese race is a new breed, which was resulted from crossing a Siamese with a Burmese , presenting such characteristics from both breeds. It was first developed in America in the 50s, called Golden Siamese , but the race hasn’t gained popularity, being ignored over time. Only in the 60 reappeared as the Tonkinese, their popularity were growing, getting to be preferred as pets and at exhibition. They have gained full recognition in America in 1975.
Tonkinese is a medium sized cat. The head is slightly rounded, of medium width. Seen in profile, the nose appears obliquely, pointing to a firm chin. The ears are well apart, being wider at the base, thinning toward the tip, slightly rounded. Outline of the ear follows the line, face up to its base. The eyes are far and as more open than those targeted but not completely round, and are slightly inclined towards the nose. Eyes exhibition cats are like greenish blue, but colors can vary from green to blue. Copulation is well balanced, strong and muscular, and the posterior is slightly elevated. The legs are thin and muscular and the rear limbs are slightly longer than the front. The paws are oval and arranged his fingers. The tail is supple, and when brought along the body reaches the cat’s shoulders. Race Tonkinese doesn’t have any health issues being able to live long and active life. It is recommended, as in the other races, a routine annual inspection at the veterinary officers to check the kidney and the liver.
Character and behavior
Tonkinese cats as the race have the same nature as friendly and related breeds, Siamese and Burmese. They are ideal as a family animal and they are oriented to the human company. They are very vigorous and intelligent. Can be trained to do various tricks and they need toys and games for fun. They like to always have company and, if need to be left alone for a longer period of time, a companion is essential. No noisy cats, love to spin near the master and to follow him everywhere. Their natural curiosity often puts them in difficult situations, and it would be better to limit access to outside the house, especially if you do not have a good garden closed. It doesn’t bothers them to be house cats as long as they have a companion and many toys with which to occupy their time.
Tonkinese cats in the breed does not require special care, whereas it has short coat that is easy self-maintenance, yet enjoyed the attention that is given by care. The coat should be short and attached to the body. The texture is smooth, soft and silky, with a glossy sheen. Types of fur require that the , mask, ears, feet and tail to be darker than the body.