The Tonkinese is attractive and elegant, with glistening eyes and an athletic, muscular body. It is medium-sized, very well-proportioned, and is heavier than it appears, like its Burmese parent. Its weight ranges from 6-210 lbs.
Its head is mildly wedge-shaped that is slightly rounded and is a bit longer than it is wide. Its muzzle is blunt and is as long as it is wide. When seen from the side, the Tonk’s chin aligns with its nose tip. Its facial features are inherited from its Siamese parent.
This cat’s medium- sized ears have oval tips and hair that lies closely to its body. Its eyes are slanted towards the outer edge of its ears. Tonkinese eye colours are stunning. The aqua colour is the most impressive.
The Tonk’s compact and sleek body is supported by long, slender legs that are proportionate to the rest of their body. Its 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. Its tail is of moderate length and also proportionate to the body.
The Tonkinese cat’s short coat is one of its most distinctive features. Silky, soft, and striking, its fur has a beautiful sheen. Its colour range includes platinum, blue, champagne, and natural (seal type). Its coat patterns can be solid, pointed, or mink. The point hues appear on the animal’s face, ears, tail, and feet. The colour takes about 16 months to fully manifest and may darken as the feline ages.
The shade of the Tonk’s coat depends on the availability of light as the cat grows. Cooler temperatures manage the enzyme that triggers the darkening of the fur colour. This means that a colder climate results in a darker-coloured Tonkinese.