Tonkinesis, Or Tonkin Cat

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Tonkinesis, Or Tonkin Cat
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The Tonkinese cat, or Tonkinese cat, is a breed resulting from the crossing of Siamese and Burmese cats. In the character of tonkinesis there is liveliness and curiosity of oriental breeds, but they are not as "vociferous" as Siamese. Their character is sociable and delicate. Tonkin cats are quite smart, curious, eager to share all household chores and adventures with you. Cats are very human-oriented. They get along well with other cats and dogs, but they do not like loneliness and lack of attention. Tonkinesis are great both for keeping in a city apartment and in a private house.

Tonkin cat, tonkinesis, photo photography
Tonkin cat, tonkinesis, photo photography

Weight: 2.5-5 kg.

Cost (price) of a kitten: from 15,000 (pet-class) to 45,000 (show-class) rubles and above.

Life expectancy: up to 15 years.

Breed diseases: kittens are susceptible to respiratory diseases, sensitive to certain vaccines and anesthetics, prone to gingivitis and periodontitis.

Country of origin: Canada.

The breed is recognized by felinological organizations: CFA, AACE, ACF, ACFA / CCA, CFF, TICA, TCA, CCA, WCF, GCCF.

Tonkin cat: buying a kitten, its feeding and health

Nicknames for Tonkinesis

Maintenance and care of a Tonkinese cat (Tonkinesis)

Breed standard Tonkinese cat (Tonkinesis) according to WCF

History of the Tonkinesis breed

In the early 1960s, Canadian breeder Margaret Conroy and American breeder Jane Barletta independently began work on a new breed - they mated Burmese cats with Siamese cats. From these unions were born kittens of a light brown color with darker points. Since the kittens' fur resembled a mink, this color was called "natural mink" (natural mink). The body shape of such hybrids was something between Burmese and Siamese, of moderate proportions. Until now, these proportions have been preserved. A little later, the breeders began to work together on a new breed, they also wrote the first breed standard.

In 1965, representatives of the new breed have already taken part in exhibitions of the Canadian Cat Fanciers Association (CCA), and since 1972, at American shows (CFA). The Tonkin cat received CFA champion status only in 1984. Originally the breed was named Golden Siamese, but in 1971 it was renamed Tonkin, presumably after the name of the Tonkin Lowland in Vietnam. Cats did not live in that area, but the name smelled of oriental exoticism. By 1990, almost all major felinological associations recognized the breed, and in 2017 it was also recognized by the FIFe.

Tonkin cat, tonkinesis, photo photography
Tonkin cat, tonkinesis, photo photography

Despite the fact that at first both Burmese breeders and Siamese breeders were wary of the breed, the Tonkinesis gradually gained more and more popularity. Especially favorably disposed towards this breed are those who love Siamese cats, but want to have an animal with more moderate body and head shapes than the modern standard of the Siamese breed requires.

Tonkinesis appearance

Tonkin cats are very strong, muscular and surprisingly heavy for their size. The chest is slightly rounded; the back is strong, slightly arched; the neck is thin. The balance and proportion of the animal is more important than the size.

The head is somewhat elongated, wedge-shaped with high cheekbones. The muzzle is the same in length and width, the nose has a small stop. The whisker pads stand out slightly.

The ears are medium in size, set high and wide apart, oval, slightly bent forward.

The eyes are large, more almond-shaped than round, set slightly obliquely. The upper line of the eyes is slightly inclined towards the nose, the lower one is rounded. A striking distinguishing feature of Tonkinesis is the amazing color of their eyes, which changes depending on head rotation and lighting: from pale azure to greenish-turquoise.

The limbs are proportional to the body, slender, graceful. The hind ones are slightly longer than the front ones. The feet are small, oval rather than round. Toes: five in the front and four in the back.

The tail is straight, long, tapering towards the end, neither thick nor whip-like.

The coat is glossy, short to medium, very fine and silky to the touch, close to the body. The coat on the body is one-color; The points (ears, muzzle, limbs, tail) are evenly colored, darker than the body and noticeably contrast with it. The tones flow smoothly into one another. In young animals, a "ghostly" pattern and a slightly lighter color are acceptable.

Tonkin cat, tonkinesis, photo photography
Tonkin cat, tonkinesis, photo photography

All tonkinesis remain dark until a certain age, and the real color appears only between 16 and 18 months. The color can be of three different options: solid (like Burmese cats), color-point (like Siamese cats) and mink - an average between the first two. Most associations accept only mink cats to participate in exhibitions, but some also accept color-point and solid colors.

The mink color is obtained if the cat inherits one Burmese gene, and the other Siamese. Since both genes are recessive, the result is that the cat has a gentle tone that smoothly changes from point to pitch.

The colors of the Tonkinesis have 5 variations:

- natural mink (coat medium brown, markings are dark brown), - golden mink (coat is golden cream, markings from light to red-brown), - champagne mink (from dark yellow to cream; markings brown), - blue mink (wool is bluish-gray; markings are gray-blue), - platinum mink (wool of pale silver-gray-pink tones with a more delicate shade of markings).

Some felinological organizations (eg TICA) also allow a creamy apricot honey mink color with red markings and a tortoiseshell coat pattern.

The character and temperament of the Tonkin cat

Tonkinesis took the best from the parent breeds - curiosity and high intelligence - from the Siamese, playfulness and devotion - from the Burmese. Tonkin cats love adults and children, other cats and dogs, but they do not tolerate loneliness and lack of attention. They love to be in the spotlight. Tonkinesis are great both for keeping in a city apartment and in a private house.

Tonkin cat, tonkinesis, photo photography
Tonkin cat, tonkinesis, photo photography

Tokinesis are not only adorable creatures, but also real personalities ! If you are looking for an independent, couch-loving cat, Tonkinesis is not for you. They have a very strong character and can be quite stubborn. The Tonkin cat is a great companion for seniors and families with children.

Don't be surprised if your pet settles on your shoulder to watch your every action intently. The Tonkinesis turn everything into a game - whether they help make the bed or cook dinner. Tonkinesis is not suitable for people who spend a lot of time outside the home. If you need to earn a living for your pet, then get another cat to brighten up his loneliness.

Quite smart, it will not be difficult for you to teach a Tonkin cat to walk on a leash and teach various tricks. They are very sociable and playful cats that love all kinds of fun. Squeaking and moving toys will be ideal for them, and puzzle toys will occupy their inquisitive mind for a long time.

They have a nicer voice and are not as talkative as Siamese cats.

Since Tonkinesis love to climb higher and from there survey their possessions, it is necessary to remove valuable and fragile objects and things from shelves and cabinets. To make smaller cats climb furniture, not hang on chandeliers and curtains, buy a "cat tree" (the harder it is, the better) and, if possible, a cat complex (it is mounted on the ceiling and on the walls).

20 nicknames for Tonkin cats

For male kittens: Binky, Vito (ice), Darmen, Case (s), Njord, Samen, Tarmo, Ungus, Ergis, Amur.

For female kittens: Bibi, Latoya, Akiko, Britney, Vatigri, Gwenora, Gilly, Caprice, Poly, Tagira.

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