Tonkinese cat walking

The Tonkinese, created by crossing Siamese and Burmese cats, tends to be outgoing, active and friendly. He’s known for his striking aqua eyes, but they can also range in color from sky blue to violet to greenish gold. Learn more about this glamorous, confident cat and whether he might be the right breed for you.

They tend to love their people.

The Tonk’s rightful place is in your lap, on your shoulder or somewhere else close by, carefully watching everything you do. That’s what the generally affectionate cat believes, at least.

They’re often sociable and playful.

Typically a friendly cat, the Tonkinese is usually happy to greet guests and put on a show for them. He can also get along well with children, other cats and even cat-friendly dogs.

They’re typically brainy.

Cat-proofing your home is essential if you plan to live with a Tonk. You may find this typically clever breed trying to break into the cabinet where his treats are stored or attempting to pick the lock so he can go outside. You can challenge his brain by teaching him tricks and providing him with puzzle toys.

They come in many colors and patterns.

The Tonkinese’s coat comes in a few patterns: solid, mink or pointed. His coat color can come in seal, chocolate, cinnamon, red, blue, lilac, fawn, cream or tortoiseshell. It can take up to two years for his coat color to fully develop.

They tend to be chatty.

Don’t be surprised if the Tonk wants to bend your ear at the end of the day. This breed can be quite chatty.

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