The Tonkinese cat was originally the result of a Siamese to Burmese breeding. The ideal Tonkinese is intermediate in type, being neither cobby nor svelte. The Tonkinese should give the overall impression of an alert, active cat with good muscular development. The cat should be surprisingly heavy. While the breed is to be considered medium in size, balance and proportion are of greater importance.

Head & Muzzle The head is a modified, slightly rounded wedge some-what longer than it is wide, with high gently planed cheekbones. The muzzle is blunt, as long as it is wide. There is a slight whisker break, gently curved, following the lines of the wedge. There is a slight stop at eye level. In profile the tip of the chin lines with the tip of the nose in the same vertical plane. There is a gentle rise from the tip of the nose to the stop. There is a gentle contour with a slight rise from the nose stop to the forehead. There is a slight convex curve to the forehead.
Ears Alert, medium in size. Oval tips, broad at the base.
Ears set as much on the sides of the head as on the
top. Hair on the ears very short and close-lying.
Leather may show through.
Eyes Open almond shape. Slanted along the cheekbones toward the outer edge of the ear. Eyes are proportionate in size to the face.
Eye Colour Aqua. A definitive characteristic of the Tonkinese breed, best seen in natural light. Depth, clarity, and brilliance of colour preferred.
Body Torso medium in length, demonstrating well-developed muscular strength without coarseness. The Tonkinese conformation strikes a midpoint between the extremes of long, svelte body types and cobby, compact body types. Balance and proportion are more important than size alone. The abdomen should be taut, well-muscled, and firm.
Legs and Feet Fairly slim, proportionate in length and bone to the body. Hind legs slightly longer than front. Paws
more oval than round. Trim. Toes: five in front and four behind.
Tail Proportionate in length to body. Tapering.
Coat Medium short in length, close-lying, fine, soft and silky, with a lustrous sheen.
Body Colour The mature specimen should be a rich, even, unmarked colour, shading almost imperceptibly to a slightly lighter hue on the underparts. Allowance to be made for lighter body colour in young cats. With the dilute colours in particular, development of full body colour may take up to 16 months. Cats do darken with age, but there must be a distinct contrast between body colour and points.
Point Colour Mask, ears, feet, and tail all densely marked, but merging gently into body colour. Except in kittens, mask and ears should be connected by tracings.
Penalise Extreme ranginess or cobbiness. Definite nose break. Round eyes.
Disqualify Yellow eyes. White locket or button. Visible tail kink. Crossed eyes. Palpable tail faults.



Head (25)


8 points 

Muzzle and chin

6 points 


6 points 

Eye shape and set

5 points 

Body (30)


15 points 

Legs and feet

5 points 


5 points 

Muscle tone

5 points 


10 points 

Colour (35)

Body colour

15 points 

Point colour

10 points 

Eye colour

10 points 

100 points


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