Choosing a Tonkinese

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According to fans, Tonks are the ultimate Velcro kitties that stick to your side as if attached there. Don’t be surprised to find your Tonk perched beside you or even on your shoulder, watching your every move with keen interest. Tonks make every activity a game, whether it’s helping you make the beds or assisting with dinner preparations.

Very people-oriented, Tonks crave affection and companionship. They form close bonds with their human friends, so a Tonk is not a good choice if you spend a great deal of time away from home. If you must leave to earn the cat food, provide your Tonk with a feline friend to keep him or her company.


The Tonk has a “wash and wear” coat; the very short, silky fur requires minimal grooming. A once weekly brushing will keep your Tonk looking sharp. Fanciers recommend a good quality rubber cat brush with a concave surface to remove dead hair.


Pet quality Tonkinese generally sell for $350 to $550. Breeder and show quality Tonks run $600 and up, depending upon color, pattern, gender, bloodline, breeder, and area. Retired breeder or show quality Tonks are sometimes placed with good homes for $50 to $300. Be prepared to wait to find that special Tonkinese; most breeders maintain waiting lists.

Association Acceptance


  • American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
  • American Cat Association (ACA)
  • American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
  • Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)
  • The International Cat Association (TICA)
  • Traditional Cat Association, Inc. (TCA)
  • United Feline Organization (UFO)

Special Notes

Tonks are generally healthy and hardy cats, but be sure to buy from a breeder who offers a written health guarantee. Like the Siamese, Tonks can be prone to gingivitis. Tooth care and annual checkups are a must.



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