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Tonkinese (Chanan)The Tonkinese breed was originally produced by crossing the Burmese and Siamese breeds. The first purposeful Burmese-Siamese crosses leading to the modern Tonkinese cat breed were bred in Canada in the mid-1960s.

The playful, people-oriented Tonkinese has a moderate body and a sleek, soft coat, and features a unique pattern known as "mink": it is pointed like the Siamese, but the body is colored in a shade harmonizing with the point color, and the eyes are aqua.

Tonkinese kittens are available in a range of colors intermediate between their Burmese and Siamese parent breeds. Pet Tonkinese are also available in solid (like the Burmese) and dark colorpoints (like the Siamese). In some associations, non-mink colors are also accepted for championship competition. Tonkinese coat color tends to darken with age.

The Tonkinese personality also blends many of the best qualities of the parent breeds: affectionate, intelligent, people-loving, and playful, though somewhat less vocal than the Siamese.

Associations: The Tonkinese breed is accepted by most major cat registries. It was first accepted for championship status by CCA in 1971.

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