Other name: Tibetan

Photo: adult cat of Tonkinese breed
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Life expectancy

The Tonkinese has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years


Adult size

Female Between 10 and 12 in
Male Between 12 and 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 9 lb
Male Between 11 and 13 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red Brown Blue
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Tonkinese costs between £300 and £700

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More details about the Tonkinese

Tonkinese: Origins and history

This breed originates from cross-breeding between a Siamese and a Burmese cat. They first appeared in North America in the thirties and were known as Golden Siamese. However, some people believe that cross-breeding would have unofficially occurred in the 19th century in Thailand. Unpopular during the first half of the 20th century, it was only during the sixties that the Tonkinese gained popularity and were given their current name! Tonkin is a region of Vietnam, which interestingly, is not directly related to the history of the breed.

Tonkinese: Purchase price

Their price ranges from £300 to £700. This price varies according to the individual’s lineage, breeding, age and sex. It will cost on average £25/month to provide for a Tonkinese, in order to offer them a good quality diet and to keep them in good health.

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