Tonkinese Cat Breed: History, Temperament & Health Issues
The Tonkinese At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: United States And Canada
Dates Of Origin: 1960's
Average Weight Range: 6-12 lbs.
Temperament Of The Tonkinese: Sociable And Intelligent, Vocal.
Breed Colors Of The Tonkinese: A wide variety of self and tortie-mink colors and tabby patterns is acceptable.
One of the top 10 most popular cat breeds.

A hybrid of the Burmese and the Siamese, Tonkinese produce variants in the pointing patterns of their parent breeds.  Their type is a successful blend of their parent breeds, and their temperament has the lively affection of an Oriental breed, without the more vociferous traits.  Tonkinese have a distinctive eye color known as "aqua".

History Of The Tonkinese:

The first documented Tonkinese was Wong Mau, the mother of the Burmese breed.  Her natural hybrid features were bred out of her offspring, however, and not until the 1950's did controlled breeding programs begin.  Early work was carried out in Canada, where the breed was first recognized in the 1960's.

Common Tokinese Health Issues:

Extreme sensitivities to anesthetics, vaccines, and pesticides.
Respiratory infections.
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