Tonks are a breed of “acrobatic clowns with purr-fect purr-sonalities”. Originally derived from Siamese and Burmese ancestry, the Tonkinese is a sterling example of the best qualities of both breeds. For more information and a glimpse into their world, scroll down.
The Tonkinese breed, (although originally bred in both the U.S. and Canada) was first accredited by CCA in southern Ontario and as such is generally considered a Canadian breed. The breed was first recognised in Canada in the late 1960’s and later also by other registries throughout North America.
CHARACTERISTICS and TEMPERAMENT
Tonks are first and foremost “people cats”. That is to say, they are very friendly and affectionate and love to be with their people. They are shoulder riders, often climbing or leaping up on people, so as to be in the thick of things. They seldom use their claws when performing this feat however, since they are generally very gentle cats by nature. In this respect they are excellent pet and show cats, since they do not get overly stressed out by new people or situations.
This is not to say that the Tonk is a lackadaisical cat, however. Indeed, they are very playful and in a word, fun – fun to watch, fun to be around and fun to snuggle with. They can sometimes be quite mischevious, with little nips and bites, especially as kittens. (A word to the wise – keep your sock drawer locked!!)
Physically, Tonks come in a variety of types and colours. In ACFA and CFA there are four colours; platinum, champagne, natural and blue, and three coat patterns; pointed (most like Siamese), mink (the halfway point) and solid (most like Burmese). Tonkinese cats with a mink patterned coat are especially known for their aquamarine coloured eyes – this exotic colour is one that few other breeds share. Tonks are of moderate size, weighing approximately 7 lbs for females and 9 lbs for males, as adults. Although, some breeders still use the original foundation breeds, (Siamese and Burmese) in their breeding program, here at Klahz cattery we breed a minimum of fifth generation Tonkinese to Tonkinese only, in order to obtain a more consistent look and temperament.