Tonkinese cat is the offspring born by crossing Siamese and Burmese breeds of cats. This was first bred in 1930s and the kitten shows the characteristics of both the parent breeds but in a more refined manner. No special program to breed this feline was adopted and no official record of this breed was available. Later, in the 1950s, controlled breeding programs in Canada helped make this breed a recognized one.
These felines have a medium size, weigh between 10 to 14 pounds, and have a coat which can be pointed, solid or mink. They have blue or aqua colored and lemon shaped eyes, their ears are broad based and pointed round at the tips. Their tails are moderately thick at the base and taper to a rounded end. They have a coat which requires regular grooming but not very difficult to maintain.
They are active, acrobatic, and are fond of games like hide and seek. They are also known to be loyal, affectionate and fond of heights.
Their energy levels and curiosity can get them in danger while being out-doors. It is preferable to keep them indoors and left to themselves, these cats prefer remaining in-doors. They are prone to gingivitis and sensitivity of the gums due to their Siamese ancestry. The average life-span of this breed is 10 to 15 years.
One can find these felines for sale from reputed breeders, rescue centers and shelters. A good quality cat can cost about $400 to $550 with known and good parentage and guarantee of good health. The show-quality variety will cost $600 to $850.
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