Tonkinese Cats

The Tonkinese originates from Canada and was created by crossing the Burmese and the Siamese.

Weight of the Tonkinese Cat

The ideal weight range for a Tonkinese is 3-5.5kgs (7-12lbs)

Lifespan of the Tonkinese

A healthy Tonkinese can expect to live for between 12-15 years.

Litter size

Litters tend to produce on average 5-6 kittens.

Colour varieties of the Tonkinese Cat

Blue, champagne (chocolate), mink, brown, lilac, platinum. Plus all other Siamese and Burmese colours.

Other names of the Tonkinese Cat


General features

The Tonkinese has a short, silky coat and aqua-coloured eyes. Kittens are born with pale coats. It can take up to two years to develop the adult coloration. The breed is intelligent, adventurous and easy to train. Tonkinese are active, athletic and graceful. They are not suited for a life exclusively indoors unless you can offer them plenty of company as well as mental and physical stimulation. They are not as vocal as the Siamese. The silky coat requires little grooming.

Health issues

There are a few inherited problems that affect the breed.

  • Squint (strabismus) can be inherited. Although it does not affect the sight, there is no effective treatment.
  • Tail kink is a deviation of the tail by up to 90 degrees.
  • A deformed skull can be hereditary and is usually fatal.
  • Flat chested kittens can be born with the heart and lungs pressing against the chest. This causes breathing problems and heart failure.