- Highly active and inquisitive cat
- Sociable and dependent cat
- Somehow talkative cat
- Average build cat breed
- Requires grooming once a week
- Great family cat
The Tonkinese cat breed has the same affectionate, friendly nature, as its close relatives the Burmese and Siamese. These cats are very people-oriented and make ideal family pets. They are said to be very inquisitive and intelligent. They can be trained to do tricks and require toys and games for amusement. They love company and if left alone for a long time, then a companion is a necessity. They are quite vocal and will chatter happily and follow you around.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: USA
Other Names: Golden Siamese
The Tonkinese cat breed is the result of crossing a Siamese cat with a Burmese cat and, therefore, displays characteristics from both breeds. Mostly ignored when they were first developed as 'Golden Siamese' cat in America 1950s, it was not until the 1960s when they reappeared as Tonkinese that their popularity grew.