The Tonkinese cat breed has been produced by crossbreeding Siamese and Burmese cats. Their appearance is seemingly a balance between these two breeds. A Tonkinese cats' body type is in-between the slender, long body inherited from the Siamese cat and the stockier body of the Burmese cat. They come in three coat patterns: solid like the Burmese, pointed like the Siamese and mink, which is a combination of the two.
Tonkinese cats reputedly crave affection and companionship. They are less vocal than the Siamese cat, still enjoy conversation.