The Tonkinese is a medium-sized cat with a well proportioned body. She is heavier than she appears, like her Burmese parent. This cat breed is attractive and elegant, with glistening eyes and an athletic, muscular body.
Fully matured male Tonkinese cats weigh approximately 3–5 kilos (8–12 pounds). Adult female Tonkinese cats, on the other hand, weigh around 2–3 kilos (6–8 pounds).
The head of the Tonkinese cat breed is mildly wedge-shaped, slightly rounded, and a bit longer than it is wide. Her muzzle is blunt and is as long as it is wide.
When seen from the side, the Tonkinese cat’s chin aligns with the nose tip. Her facial features are inherited from her Siamese parent.
The Tonkinese cat's medium-sized ears have oval tips and hair that lies close to the body. Her eyes are slanted towards the outer edge of her ears. Her aqua blue eyes are striking and impressive.
The Tonkinese cat’s compact and sleek body is supported by long, slender legs. They are proportionate to the rest of her body.
The Tonkinese’s back legs are longer than the front. They end in oval-shaped paws that only have 4 toes on the back ones and 5 on the front pair. Her tail is of moderate length and also proportionate to the body.
The short coat of the Tonkinese cat breed is one of her most distinctive features. Silky, soft, and striking, her fur has a beautiful sheen.
The Tonkinese cat's coat comes in several colors and patterns. According to breed standards, the coat colors include platinum, champagne, blue, and natural (seal type). The coat patterns can be solid, pointed, or mink.
The point hues appear on the Tonkinese cat's face, ears, tail, and feet. The color takes about 16 months to fully manifest and may darken as the feline ages.
The shade of the Tonkinese cat breed’s coat depends on the availability of light as the feline grows. Cooler temperatures manage the enzyme that triggers the darkening of the fur color. This means that a colder climate results in darker-colored cats.
Do Tonkinese cats shed a lot?
No, Tonkinese cats do not shed much. They are a low-shedder and don't require too much time for grooming. They only need brushing once a week to keep their shedding manageable. Baths are rarely necessary because they frequently do self-grooming.
Are Tonkinese cats hypoallergenic?
No. Tonkinese cats may be low-shedders, but they are not hypoallergenic. For cat lovers with allergies who are in search of a feline friend, it may be a good idea to look for another cat breed.