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In thailändischen Manuskripten aus dem 13. und 14. Jahrhundert findet man Bilder und Berichte über Tonkanesen, zusammen mit Abbildungen von Siamesen, Burmesen und der Koratkatze.

Die Zuchtgeschichte der Tonkanesen beginnt in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Der amerikanische Schiffsarzt Dr. Joseph Thompson brachte von einer seiner Reisen eine kleine braune Katze mit. Diese wurde später unter dem Namen WONG MAU als die Stammmutter aller Burmakatzen berühmt.

Wong Mau aber war eine TONKANESE !

Leider beschäftigte Dr. Thompson sich nur mit der Reinzucht des Burmaerbteiles von Wong Mau. Wong Mau`s Tonkanesenkinder gerieten dadurch völlig außerhalb jeglicher Beachtung der damaligen Züchterschaft. Später nahmen kanadische+amerikanische Züchter sich ihrer an, der Name TONKANESE wurde geboren und zur Erinnerung an die enge Verwandschaft mit Siam und Burma nach dem Golf von TONKING benannt. Die Anerkennung durch die verschiedenen Zuchtverbände erfolgte zögernd: USA, Canada, später auch GB. Hier in Kontinentaleuropa anerkennen der WCF, die meisten freien Verbände und die amerikanischen Verbände CFA TICA AFCA die Tonkanesen

Die FIFe, der in Europa bekannteste Dachverband versagt den Tonkanesen die ANERKENNUNG.

Dies deshalb, weil Tonkanesen einem komplizierten Erbgang folgen, welcher verhindert, daß sie selbst nach mehreren Generationen "rein" gezüchtet werden können, was bedeutet: es fallen in Verpaarungen reiner Tonkanesen immer wieder Jungtiere, welche in der Ausprägung ihrer Points und der Farbintensität des Felles, wie Burma- bzw. Siamkatzen aussehen ! Was für große Dachverbände wie CFA, TICA, GCCF usw. kein Problem für die Anerkennung darstellt, scheint für die FIFe aber ein schier unlösbares zu sein ! Auf FIFe Ausstellungen können Tonkanesen überhaupt keine Titel oder Bewertungen erwerben und nur in der Klasse: "Nicht anerkannte Rasse und Farbe" ausgestellt werden.

Tonkanesen gibt es in drei verschiedenen Farbausprägungen der Points:

POINTS in MINK = die "klassische" Tonkanesenausprägung d.h. deutlich sichtbarer Unterschied zwischen diesen und der helleren Körperfarbe

POINTS in SOLID = Ausprägung im Burmatyp d.h. nur ein sanfter farblicher Unterschied zwischen den dunkleren Points und dem helleren Körper

POINTS in POINTED = Ausprägung im Siamtyp d.h. ganz deutlicher harter Kontrast zwischen dunklen Points und hellem Körper

Der amerikanische Typ der Tonkanese ist schwerer und rundlicher, ausgehend vom US-Typ der Burmakatze. Der englische Tonkanesentyp ist schlanker und mit stärkerer Anlehnung an den Siamtyp erlaubt.




Breed Group - Foreign


The Tonkinese is a relatively new breed which is the result of crossing a Siamese with a Burmese and, therefore, it displays characteristics from both breeds. They are very people-orientated and make ideal family pets. Tonks, as they affectionately known, are very inquisitive and intelligent. The Tonkinese is a medium sized cat of foreign build. The head is gently rounded with a medium wedge that is neither pointed nor square. The ears are set wide apart and are broad-based tapering to a rounded tip. The preferred eye colour for show cats is greenish blue but they may range from green to light blue. The body is well balanced, firm and muscular and the back rises slightly from shoulders to rump. The legs are slim and well muscled, with the hind legs slightly longer than the front. The paws are neat and oval. The tail is slender and when brought along the side of the cat reaches to the shoulder.




Originally they were developed in America in the 1950s and were called 'Golden Siamese' but the breed did not take off and became ignored.  It was not until the 1960s when they reappeared called Tonkinese that their popularity grew and they became popular pets and show cats. 

Appearance and Colours


The solid muscular Tonkinese is a medium sized cat that is neither cobby nor svelte and is surprisingly heavy. They appear alert and active and everything about them is moderate. Their sparkling eyes, shaped like a peach pit with an almond top and rounded bottom, are set into a pleasant modified wedge with a blunt muzzle. The medium-sized ears are pricked slightly forward emphasising the cat's alertness. The Tonkinese coat is short and close-lying. The texture is fine, soft and silky and has a lustrous sheen. The coat pattern demands that the points (i.e. the mask, ears, legs and tail) are definitely darker than the body and merge gently with the body colour. The Tonkinese comes in a wide variety of different colours. In the UK the spectrum of Tonkinese colours is broad. For every colour there are three 'expressions' (i.e. coat patterns) and all of these colours, including the torties, can be tabby. When the three coat patterns are factored in, seventy-eight possible combinations emerge!




Gregarious in nature, the Tonkinese is a purring solid package of pure love who knows that your whole purpose for being is to give all your love and attention to him or her. They are a medium-sized muscular cat with a sense of humour and will entertain you for hours with their antics. Tonkinese can be trained to do tricks and require toys and games for amusement. They love company and if they are to be left alone for long periods of time then a companion is a necessity. They are quiet vocal and will chatter happily to you and follow you around. Their natural curiosity means they can often get into difficult situations and they are probably best kept in the house or a secure garden. They do not mind being housecats as long as they have a companion and plenty to amuse them. Tonkinese have personality plus. They are sometimes described as more like dogs than cats and in many ways this is a very good description. They are sensitive, intelligent cats who bond strongly with their human companions and will show their affection very clearly. In general, they are less vocal and have less raucous voices than the Siamese. On the downside, they are easily bored, have wills of their own and can be stubborn, although it is often possible to distract them with a game or a cuddle. A properly-socialised Tonk is an outgoing, confident cat who will make his or her presence felt. They usually get on well with children (provided the children have been taught not to chase them, pull at them or otherwise tease them), other cats and cat-friendly dogs and most of them are happy to socialise with people, even strangers.




The Tonkinese does not need special grooming as its short coat is self-maintaining but they do enjoy the attention that grooming brings. Keeping the Tonkinese's coat sleek and soft is easy as the short thick coat does not need a lot of maintenance. A rubber brush used once a week removes any loose, dead hair and an occasional bath keeps the mink-like coat at its very best. Males weigh from 8 to 12 lbs and females range from 6 to 8 lbs. Average life expectancy is 15 years. Tonkinese, like their Burmese and Siamese cousins, are long lived and ages of nineteen and twenty are quite common.




Tonkinese have no specific health problems and are capable of a long and active life.