Beautiful points, seen in Siamese and other Oriental breeds, distinguish the medium-sized Tonkinese cat. A recently introduced breed, the Tonkinese was the result of a crossbreeding between the Burmese and the Siamese cat, and the Tonkinese retains several of the physical and personality features of both of these foundation breeds.
Lean and muscular, the Tonkinese is surprisingly heavy when picked updue in large part to their muscular build. They can range from the petite side of 5 pounds to the heftier side of 20 pounds. Their shorthaired coats are similar to the Siamese, and they typically have brilliantly blue eyes that are said to sparkle with their mischievous nature.
Their heads are a wedge shape that is very similar in nature to the Siamese. The shade of the points coloration of the Tonkinese, much like the Burmese and Siamese, will depend greatly on the season and the climate; with the cooler climates leading to darker points on their face, ears, tail, and legs.
The personality of the Tonkinese cat is what truly sets him apart from so many other breeds. Just like the Siamese, the Tonkinese is incredibly chatty and has a very distinctive meow that is said to sound alarmingly like the quack of a duck.
Highly energetic, the Tonkinese can get himself into a bit of mischief if he is not given adequate stimulation by way of toys, activity centers, and a companion to keep him from getting lonely. Tonkinese cats can get lonely, and even a bit destructive if they are left on their own for too long so it is generally advisable to have two of them in a household.
Friendly, lovable, attention-seeking, and energetic are the basics of the beautiful Tonkinese cat.