ARE THEY TONKINESE OR LITTLE PEOPLE IN FUR COATS
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Brown Tonkinese, with pointed coat pattern.
Officially accepted, by the GCCF, in this Country, in May 1991, it took 12 years to reach Championship Level
Tonkinese have been able to compete at Championship Level, since June, 2003
The first known Tonkinese, was Wong Mau, the ancestress of the modern day Burmese. She was described as a brown hybrid with darker points on her face, legs, feet and tail. She was imported into the United States, by a sailor who gave her to Dr Joseph Thompson, a psychiatrist, in San Francisco who, in 1932 mated her to a Siamese called Tai Mau. Resulting litters showed two distinct coat patterns, a solid brown and a medium brown with darker points [Tonkinese]. In the 1930's the Siamese and Burmese were very similar in type. We believe that the Modern Tonkinese is a re-construction of the Original breed, which had three coat patterns.
Breeding with the same coat pattern and for a different type, produced Siamese and Burmese cats.
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Blue Tabby, with pointed coat pattern., © Alan Robinson
Today the Tonkinese is a combination, of the modern day Siamese and Burmese. The Tonkinese , is a complete blend of the two, resulting in a cat that features the best of both breeds.
A DEVOTED, ALERT AND ACTIVE PET.
The Tonkinese is a very muscular cat of medium type. The coat is short with a beautiful sheen to it. It feels like silk, but it has to be stroked to be believed. The coat has a base coat, which merges gently into darker points. The eyes are a stunning greenish blue or bluish green.
© Janina Miscker
If you don't quite like the Tonkinese coat pattern, second and consequent litters may produce either a complete solid coat pattern or a pointed coat pattern.
THERE IS A VAST ARRAY OF COLOURS
Brown, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Apricot, Cream, Fawn, Cinnamon and Caramel.
These colours can also be found in the Tabby's and Torties.
A TRULY BEAUTIFUL CAT.
But ask any one that is owned by a Tonkinese, what they love most about the breed and the answer will always be its personality.
THESE ARE ONE OF THE MOST FLEXIBLE BREEDS.
These cats are highly intelligent, with the curiosity of the Siamese and the dog like traits of the Burmese. They have an abundance of energy and like nothing better than a game of hide and seek. But come bed time they will be the first to get under the duvet with their head on the pillows. Although they may love one person more than another, they generally love every thing and every body. These cats crave companionship, either human or one of their own kind, it would be extremely cruel to submit a Tonkinese to a life of loneliness.
I personally refer to them as my little people, in fur coats, as each one has a unique personality. But as yet I have not got one, that will make me a cup of coffee, when I get in from work. Instead a silvery ball is dropped into my hand for a game of retrieve. Just when I thought I was about to get a cat nap
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