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Tonkinese cat

Tonkinese are a domestic cat breed produced by crossbreeding between the Siamese and Burmese. They share many of their parents' distinctively lively, playful personality traits and are similarly distinguished by a pointed coat pattern in a variety of colors. In addition to the modified coat colors of the "mink" pattern, which is a dilution of the point color (as in watercolors), the breed is now being shown in the foundation-like Siamese and Burmese colors: pointed with white and Solid overall (sepia.) They are also now designated a natural breed, as their history has now determined them to have been extant since the 14th Century .

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Watch the 101 from Discovery Channel on Tonkinese cats. Interesting fact: the largest litter born (19 kittens) was from a Tonkinese cat!

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Here is a Tonkinese of darker color, which confuses those who think of the classic depiction of Siamese cats in films like Disney's The Aristocats.

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