Turkish Van Cat
Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé, WCF

Although it is recognized by most feline associations, the Turkish Van Cat It remains a rare breed, even in your country of origin, where they only registered 200 copies in 1992.
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History

The turkish of lake van, sometimes called simply Turkish Van Cat, it is a very old natural race, original, as its name suggests, from the Lake Van region, in eastern turkey. It has been present for several centuries, as testified by the accounts of the merchants who brought their products from the East, and even for several millennia, as some engravings from almost 5.000 years. It also, gradually spread to surrounding areas: Armenia, Syria, Iraq, Iran and even the Russian Caucasus.

Whatever your age, its exact origins are subject to many legends.

One of them is that his tail got caught in a door of the Ark of Noah, what left a stain that remains to this day. Next, God reached out to calm the cat and, stroking him on the head, also left a color mark, adding the finishing touch to the breed's characteristic van pattern (white body, color head and tail). Islamic tradition considers that Allah stroked his back, leaving colored marks on their white fur, which are now sometimes called “Allah's footprint”.

After so much emotion, the little feline decided not to wait for the Ark to dock: jumped overboard and showed his swimming skills for the first time reaching the top of Mount Ararat, and then the shores of the lago van when the waters receded. Another possible - and more plausible explanation- of their love of swimming is that the region's scorching summer temperatures would have caused these cats to seek out the fresh water of the lake. The presence of numerous fish, an important food source in these difficult mountainous regions, is another likely reason for his attraction to water.

In any case, the Turkish van has remained isolated in its mountains for many centuries, without actually being domesticated by humans. Although it is probable that some knights brought specimens to Europe at the time of the Crusades (1095-1291), remained largely unknown in the Western world until the 1990s. 1950.

In 1955, Laura Lushington and Sonia Halliday, two British tourists visiting Turkey, they received as a gift two white kittens with a red tail and head. They took them back to England and began promoting the new breed. With the help of the breeder Lydia Russell, imported more cats, a difficult task not only because of the administrative procedures, but also because of the rarity of the breed even in its country of origin. However, managed to start a breeding program and proposed that the cat be recognized by feline associations.

They achieved their goal in 1960, with the recognition of the race by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé). The breed was originally called Turkish cat, but the name was changed to Turkish van to avoid confusion with the Turkish Angora cat. The prestigious Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), British reference body, recognized her in 1969.

The first Turkish van came to the United States in the decade of 1970, and the breed was included among those recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA) since its creation in 1979. However, was not up 1983 and the work of the breeders Barbara and Jack Reark that the breed really took off in North America. It was accepted by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) american in 1988 and received full recognition from the organization six years later, in 1994, which opened the door to feline exhibitions organized under his auspices.

Having said that, although it is recognized by most feline associations, the Turkish Van Cat It remains a rare breed, even in your country of origin, where they only registered 200 copies in 1992. It has been designated a national treasure and is the subject of a conservation program.

In the United States, the Turkish Van Cat is near the bottom of the cat breed classification based on the number of CFA registrations. In Great Britain, GCCF statistics show that only about twenty people register each year, versus a hundred at the beginning of the 21st century. The figures in France are of the same order of magnitude, at around 20 or 30 individuals enrolled each year in the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines.

Physical characteristics

Turkish Van Cat
Thor, the Turkish Van – Louiethe27th, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Turkish Van Cat has a type of body long and powerful and it is one of the largest cat breeds in the world, with many specimens reaching a meter in length or more. On the other hand, is slow growing, reaching maturity only at the age of 3 to 5 years.

Its body it's long and wide, and males have a marked muscle mass in the neck and shoulders. The legs they are quite long and muscular, and end in feet with five toes in front and four in the back. The queue is long too, maintains its bushy appearance in both winter and summer and is constantly on the move, either in a good or bad mood.

The head it is wide and triangular in shape, but with contours softened by high, prominent cheekbones and a snout rounded. The ears are size medium, placed at the top of the skull and finished in a concave point. The eyes, large, round and expressive, are set at a slight angle along the line from the tip of the nose to the base of the ear. They can be blue, amber or one of each color, the most popular combination in your country of origin.

The fur it has no undercoat and its texture is similar to that of cashmere. It is waterproofand, allowing you to get out of the water relatively dry. Long and bushy in winter, gets much shorter in summer, when only the tail remembers that it is a long-haired feline breed.
The fur it is white, with the colored tail and spots of the same color on the head. This pattern can exist in other breeds as well and is called the van pattern., in reference to this cat. They may have other spots spread over the body. Its color original is chestnut red, but other colors are also supported: cream, black, blue and brown. However, some individuals are completely white, without stains, and they are called Vankedisi.

It is interesting to know that, from the genetic point of view, the Turkish van not stained white, but it is colored with a large white spot, a feature called piebald.

Last, the sexual dimorphism is marked, the male being longer and wider than the female.

Size and weight

  • Male size: 32 to 36 cm.
  • female size: 30-35 cm.
  • Male weight: 6-9 kg
  • female weight: 5-7 kg

Varieties

The Turkish Van Cat is sometimes confused with a Turkish Angora cat with colored tail and head, but they are two completely different races.

The Van Kedisi, on the other hand, with its immaculate white fur, it is a cat turkish of lake van and is recognized as such by feline associations.

Character and skills

The Turkish Van Cat has a strong personality. For a harmonious coexistence, you need to earn their trust and affection from an early age. Having lived in a semi-wild state in his native region for centuries, only recently has it been domesticated and retained some independence. They are not so susceptible cats that there are, those who like to sleep on their owner's lap or to be picked up. But when you are comfortable with your family members, He is a devoted and caring companion who enjoys spending time with them - especially with his favorite human among them.- and does not hesitate to follow them throughout the house.

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Turkish Van – Louiethe27th, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

He also prefers the company of his own breed to that of other cat breeds.. However, gets along well with other cats and dogs that behave like such, as long as you grew up with them and they respect their authority. However, cohabitation with rodents should be avoided, reptiles, birds or fish, since the latter's chances of survival are minimal in the presence of said hunter.

On the other hand, the Turkish van does not pose difficulties with children, provided they have learned to behave well with a cat. He can spend hours with those who play with him, for example, playing with a ball, but he can react violently with those who pull his tail or hair. In any case, interactions between a cat and a young child should always be supervised by an adult.

incredibly active, to the Turkish Van Cat loves to jump and use its powerful legs to climb the curtains and reach the highest point in the room, either the top of a piece of furniture or a door, and then sit there to admire his kingdom. He also loves to play chasing a cloth mouse shaken by its owner and is able to learn to retrieve objects. His energy seems inexhaustible, Obviously, not the breed for people who want a companion who stays calm and quiet all day.

His intelligence makes him able to solve complicated problems and he enjoys all kinds of puzzles for cats, especially those that offer rewards in the form of treats. He is also known to quickly learn to use a tap.

His fascination with water knows no bounds, and he does not tire of playing with running water or the water in his bowl. Many of the representatives of the breed do not hesitate to jump into the water and take a few laps, which has earned them the nickname of “swimming cat”. However, it is not without risks: in particular, can lead some kittens into very dangerous situations, and sometimes even deadly.

It also, although the cat can live inside, his family often prefers to allow him to romp and play outside, not to find overturned junk or a pond in the bathroom. The Turkish Van Cat it is not very sustainable and knows how to turn on a tap, but he tends to forget to close it. It also, if an obstacle (a vase, for example) you are unlucky enough to get in your way to the top of the closet, makes his way with a claw that leaves him no chance.

It also appears to be quite sensitive to certain smells and noises., with the risk of irritation, get scared or surprised – and a backlash as a result. When your nose turns from pink to red, it's a clear sign that it's better to let him calm down and not mess with him.

Last, the Turkish van it's only moderately vocal, and her calm voice is sometimes reminiscent of a sheep's.

Health

Turkish Van Cat
Adult Turkish Van, black variety – Mari Moreshead, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Turkish Van Cat it is a very hardy breed of cat and adapts particularly well to extreme weather conditions, both cold in winter and hot in summer. It also, no known inherited genetic diseases.

There are some reports on the feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a relatively common heart disease in domestic cats that can be fatal. However, unlike other races, has never been shown to be a hereditary condition in this cat.

It also, like all big cats, is more prone to Hip Dysplasia, a disease that affects the hip joints and is painless in mild cases, but that causes great movement difficulties in severe cases.

Last, although it is not a disease in itself, the Obesity is a major risk for any cat. In this case, the energy level of Turkish van usually protects him from the problems of overweight cats, especially if you have access to the outside.

Life expectancy

13 to 17 years

Grooming

The maintenance of Turkish Van Cat it's much simpler than its long fur might suggest. In fact, having no undercoat and a cashmere-like texture, has little tendency to knots. In fact, a simple weekly brushing is sufficient.

On the other hand, during the molting period, in autumn and especially in spring, the cat changes a lot; then it is necessary to brush it every day to remove dead hair.

Bathing your cat is usually not necessary, and it can be tricky if you weren't used to it as a child. In fact, although they are a water loving breed and some are even great swimmers, be manipulated in general, and washings in the bathtub in particular, is anything but your favorite activity.

Whether you like it or not, it is a good idea to check your eyes and ears weekly to make sure there is no dirt or the beginning of infection, and clean them thoroughly with a clean, damp cloth.

Last, you should trim your cat's nails as soon as they start to get too long and can be annoying. However, for cats that spend most of their time outside, natural wear and tear is usually sufficient.

Food

The Turkish Van Cat does not pose any problem in terms of feeding and is perfectly suited to commercial cat food. However, food must be of good quality to provide you with all the nutrients you need, and be adapted to their age and activity level.

It also, how is it capable of self-regulation, you can leave food available in his bowl at all times.

As they are very active, are not prone to obesity, but their owners must ensure that they do not gain weight, especially if they live in a flat. If the dog is overweight, it is advisable to consult the vet to change their eating habits, if required.

For sale "Turkish Van Cat"

The price of a Turkish Van Cat ranges between 800 and 1000 EUR. However, this cat is relatively rare and quite hard to find, mostly due to export bans imposed by Turkey, your country of origin. In fact, kittens are often only available on a waiting list.

However, there is no significant price difference between males and females.

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Traditional Persian cat
Federations: WCF, SACC

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History

The Traditional Persian cat, also called persian “doll face” for her sweet, doll-like expression, it is one of the most popular purebred cat breeds in the world. Como la mayoría de los gatos domésticos, his story is shrouded in myths and rumors, but the first recorded cases of its appearance in Iran (then called persia) they were produced in the 16th century. A partir de ahí, the breed burst onto the international feline scene and became one of the most popular breeds in the world.
But, ¿qué es lo que hace que estas simpáticas bolitas de pelo sean tan especiales? ¿Y qué diferencia a un gato persa “traditional” from any other Persian?

Physical characteristics

"Traditional Persian cat"

Gato Persa tradicional
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When he hears the word “Persian cat”, you may immediately think of a flattened face and a short nose. Although he is not mistaken, las variantes más parecidas a los carlinos de los persas se han criado específicamente para exagerar esos rasgos. The traditional Persians, for its part, they have also been bred to have small, rounded heads and short noses, but not to the same extent as their exposure counterparts. Instead of the flat faces of the show Persians, traditional Persians have cute and innocent expressions reminiscent of children's dolls, de ahí su apodo común de “doll-faced persians”.

The Traditional Persian cat, just like their show cousins, has chubby cheeks and a short body. They are medium sized cats, that usually weigh between 2,5 and 4,5 kilos when they are adults. Y, like the persian show, traditional Persians also have long, flowing fur that requires daily combing to remove and avoid carpets and tangles. Their fur comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, that go from white to black and from red to lilac, and can be found in calico, striped, flamed and many other patterns.

Character and skills

Like people, cats have their own personality, so not all persians are exactly the same. Having said that, as he Traditional Persian cat like show cats they tend to be very calm and docile cats that enjoy little naps on the sofa or on another favorite perch. They are affectionate and often enjoy the attention of their human family., but they don't usually make an effort to get it. They like peace and quiet, so they do not adapt well to homes with noisy children or extremely playful dogs.

Although they are not as energetic as other races, enjoy a good play session from time to time. And although they are happy to give you their space, they also like to be paid attention to and treated like royalty, and if they feel that he has neglected them, they will let you know that it is time for you to give them some good back rubs and scratch their ears.

Alternative names:

Doll Face Persian, Classic Persian, Old Fashioned Persian, Long-nosed Persian, Old-style Longhair, Traditional Longhair, Original Longhair.

Tennessee Rex cat
Federations: TICA

The Tennessee Rex is a new breed of naturally mutated cat that started in 2004.

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History

Franklin Whittenburg discovered the breed when a normal stray cat came into his life. He called his new pet Satin Surprise, and it gave him a real surprise.

Soon she gave birth to a litter of beautiful kittens, pero dos tenían un aspecto muy diferente. Two red kittens were born with him curly hair, y parecían tener un brillo en el pelaje. El brillo no se podía lavar de los gatitos, and the shine of the kittens gave the fur a satin look.

Franklin nunca había criado gatos, pero sabía que había algo único en los gatitos. Se puso en contacto con algún criador de gatos, with a cat geneticist, with the TICA and with some breeders about their kittens. After a lot of work and research, se llegó a la conclusión de que estos gatitos tenían un recessive gene único que provocaba no sólo un pelaje rizado, but also the satin effect of the hair.

The race Tennessee Rex había comenzado y un nuevo y hermoso gato se sumaba a la moda.

Physical characteristics

The Gato Rex Tennessee it is a medium to large cat, with a body type semi-cobby and a short thick neck. The ears are medium to moderately large in size with slightly rounded tips and broad at the base. The eyes are large almond-shaped at rest and round when alert. The eyes they can be of different colors. The nose must be straight and without relief. The chest is full with curly hair, extending from the chest to the stomach. The torso is large, long, rectangular, but not thin, very curly from the base of the ears and wavy hair towards the hips. The body he is muscular and athletic. The legs are in proportion to the body, large, round. The tail It is three-quarters of the entire body and completely curly.

Character and skills

They are affectionate cats that really want to be on your lap.. The Tennessee Rex cat wants to be part of the family and makes an effort to be in bed, on the couch or following you around the house.

They like other pets, pero necesitarán algún tiempo para adaptarse a nuevos entornos y animales (pero la mayoría de los gatos son así). In general, he is a calm cat, but it will make noise when it wants your food or your attention. Of course, we always respond to noise with love.

Grooming and care

The Tennessee Rex require some pet care. In most cases, you have to clean their ears monthly. Some do not have accumulated wax, pero muchos sí. El uso de un hisopo limpio en los oídos alrededor de una vez al mes mantendrá los oídos limpios.

They eat like any other normal cat, so they do not need a special diet. They get used to the litter box very quickly and love all the beds that can be provided.. Cat toys, cat trees and scratching posts are highly appreciated by the Tennessee Rex cat and will use them daily.

The Tennessee Rex cat has two types of fur: some have the shorthair and others have the Longhair. They both like to be brushed, but those with long hair need to be brushed more frequently to keep the hair fluffy.

They don't usually need a bath, but bathe the of Longhair will make the curls more prominent. The longhair cats they also show satin and curls better than short hair.

Templecat
Registration: CATZ Inc

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History

The Templecat is the equivalent of shorthair of the already well established race of the Burmese cat, (known as the Sacred Cat of Burma).

In the same way as the Exotic shorthair cat developed by crossing the Persian cat with others Shorthair cats, the Templecat was also the product of a cross with a Shorthair cat.

"Templecat"

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In the case of the Templecat, a Sacred Cat of Burma was crossed with a Oriental shorthair cat tan tabby, being the first offspring a “shorthair sealpoint” and “classic chocolate tabby kitten”, demostrando así que la línea de Burmese used was a classic tabby under its pattern pointed and also that the “oriental tabby” que había venido de una larga línea de apareamientos entre Oriental había conservado el gen pointing, a very pleasant surprise.

The Templecat It was an idea of ​​the Mrs. June Mateer, founding member of Birman Cat Club of New Zealand and member of the NZCF Genetics Advisory Committee. From the first filial crossing, June progressed to the full record of the Shorthair burmese, in Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Cinnamon and Fawn. Generational advances are only achieved through crosses.

The challenge was to produce a cat of type and conformation Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman), along with the classic Roman profile and correct markings on both gloves and gauntlets, but with a short, easy-care coat. This was no feat. Similar to the Exotic Shorthair no podía ocultar sus defectos de conformación bajo un pelaje largo y fluido, tampoco podía el “Shorthair burmese” Developing.

The breed was recognized as a provisional breed by CATZ Inc. under the temporary name of “Shorthair burmese”, entendiendo que otro nombre de raza tendría que ser solicitado dentro de un período específico. Subsequently, the name of the breed was requested “Templecat”, vinculando así la nueva raza a sus ya famosos progenitores, and this name was granted by the Board of CATZ Inc in August 2001.

Physical characteristics

"Templecat"

Templecat
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CATZ Inc recognizes the Templecat in the eight base colors of Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Cream, Cinnamon & Fawn, including variations Tortie and Lynx. The introduction of colors Cinnamon and Fawn has been of special interest to him Templecat. The Templecat Cinnamonpoint they sport a gleaming white coat that contrasts with the warm cinnamon tobacco color of the points.

Character and skills

Similar to the Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman), the Templecat It is a cat with a warm and people-friendly nature, with a cheerful but docile disposition.

Grooming

The coat is short and easy to maintain, with a slightly elastic texture, although still moderately silky to the touch.

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Tonkinese cat
Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA

The Tonkinese cat It is distinguished by the great variety of appearances that its coat can show, both in terms of color, as in pattern and even in length.

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History

The Tonkinese cat (also known as “Tonk“) is a hybrid between Siamese and the Birman. His ancestors came from Southeast Asia, more specifically from Siam (ancient name of thailand) and Burma. In other words, his name is confusing, Since, contrary to what one might think, does not come from Tonkin, the northern part of present-day Vietnam. This breed has the peculiarity of having appeared naturally, since their “ancestors” the Siamese and burmese shared the same territory, and it happened that they mated with each other, without human planning, with the intention of creating a new breed. These random interracial matings are likely to have been going on for a long time.

The first “Tonkinese cat”

Tonkinese
Tonkinese cats Odin and Oscar asleep

In the Decade of the 50, Milan Greer, a pet cat enthusiast who lived in New York, decided to breed Siamese seal point with burmese to produce what he called Golden Siamese. He had learned that when this type of hybridization occurred accidentally, kittens were considered defective and discarded, mainly because it was thought that they could not reproduce with each other. Greer set out to show that this belief was wrong. He claimed to have managed to cross his cats Golden Siamese over five generations and considered that he had achieved his goal. He abandoned his project at the beginning of the following decade, although his cats had already become very popular in New York.

In the Decade of 1960, the canadian breeder Margaret Conroy She was forced, for a series of circumstances, to mate your cat Khosoom, a burmese cat sable, with a Siamese colourpoint (or “seal point“) dark brown. The original plan was to send Khosoom to New York, where he had found a male Burmese who he thought would be interesting to mate with. However, given the rather shy nature of Khosoom, abandoned this plan and decided instead to mate her with a Siamese seal point, following the advice of a judge of the Canadian Cat Association (CCA).

at about the same time, in United States, a breeder of Siamese from New Jersey, Jane Barletta, and another breeder from California, Mary Swanson, started two breeding programs for Siamese and burmese. Later, an advertisement for Jane Barletta to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) allowed the two Americans and the Canadian to get in touch and collaborate on the first new breed standard. They also worked together to obtain official recognition from the CFA.

Kittens born to Khosoom they were beige with turquoise eyes, but the three pioneers soon developed individuals with different shades of fur and eyes introducing various varieties of burmese or Siamese in their breeding programs. For example, Jane Barletta used a Siamese blue point, While Margaret Conroy raised a Burmese blue with a Siamese of blue point, and Siamese red point with a Burmese sable. Other breeders, mostly on the west coast of the United States, they also entered the fray and began to develop the Tonkinese cat with various color variations. The work of all these enthusiasts has resulted in the great variety of coat and eye appearances for which the tonkinese today.

In 1971 a meeting of many of them was organized in Boston. On this occasion the first club of the breed was founded, the Club de la Raza tonkines.

A new breed… not really?

"Tonkinese cat"

Tonkinese
Tonkinese Cat – Esteban Maurer, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Canadian Cat Association (CCA) affirms that the Tonkinese cat was the first recognized breed of domestic cat in Canada. It is true that the CCA was the first feline organization to accept the registration of this breed. (then call “Tonkanese“) in 1967, and then, in 1971, allowed them to participate in feline exhibitions organized under its auspices, with a new name (“Tonkinese“). Thus, the breed is considered to be native to Canada.

However, more than the birth of a new race, it would be more accurate to speak of a rebirth, since the hybrids between burmese and Siamese have existed for many years, and some had even reached the West, mostly to the United States and the United Kingdom.

In fact, this little hybrid cat has been present in the Kingdom of Siam for a long time, and was described as early as the fourteenth century in the Tamra Maew, a collection of poems about domestic cats written by the monks of a Buddhist temple.

Due to the natural occurrence of hybrids Burmese-Siamese, some of them were brought to the West as early as the early 19th century. In the UK they are known as “chocolate siamese“.

More recently, in 1930, the Dr. Joseph Cheesman Thompson, retired US Navy neurosurgeon with an interest in entomology, herpetology and fauna in general, took San Francisco to Wong Mau, a cat considered then as Siamese. However, it was far from the breed standard: she was small, compact, too fine boned, short-tailed, her eyes were too round and too far apart, and the tips of her fur were chocolate brown, and therefore too dark. In fact, it is now generally accepted that Wong Mau was actually a hybrid Burmese-Siamese, and that this hybridization occurred naturally in Burma.

With Wong Mau as original parent, the Dr. Thompson set out to develop a new breed of cat which was given the name of “Birman“. Was a Tonkinese cat the one that gave rise to the latter, long before his true race was known and recognized, the tonkinese. For a just return of things, the Burmese cat contributed in turn to the official creation of the Tonkinese cat about thirty years later.

The recognition of “tonkinese” by feline associations

Following in the footsteps of the Canadian Cat Association from 1967, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) recognized the Tonkinese cat in 1974. However, was not up 1984 when the CFA allowed its representatives to participate in beauty pageants organized under its auspices.

For its part, the TICA (International Cat Association) granted full recognition to the breed in 1979, thus giving him access to both the registry and the feline exhibitions.

In Europe, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the leading British feline association, also recognizes the tonkinese, similar to the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) French.

In the rest of the world, the breed is recognized by the Australian Cat Federation (ACF), la New Zealand Cat Fancy (NZCF) y el South Africa Cat Council (SACC).

Last, the only exception among the major feline organizations - and it's a big- is the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé), who still doesn't recognize her.

However, of all the others, few accept the variety called “longhair” (but whose fur is actually rather semi-long), generally content to consider the tonkinese like a race of shorthair cat.

In fact, among the main institutions, only the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) French recognizes the tonkinese long-haired and accepts the registration of kittens of this variety. So, opposes the position of his counterparts, that no longer allow interbreeding with other breeds.

In effect, to obtain semi-long haired kittens, it is necessary to hybridize the Shorthair Tonkinese with an individual of another race with said coat. This is exactly what the LOOF authorizes, who accepts marriages with longhair asian, but they must be sepia and not spiky. This provisional authorization was to end on 1 in January of 2020, but it has been extended until 1 in January of 2025, due to low numbers of the breed. Until the same date and with the same objective, that is to say, diversify the genetic heritage of the breed to avoid health problems linked to excessive inbreeding, authorizes marriages of shorthair tonkinese with the European Burmes cat.

Popularity of "Tonkinese cat"

The tonkinese it is more popular in America and the Anglo-Saxon world in general than in continental Europe.

In France, the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) has separate stats for varieties of shorthair and Longhair. Since the beginning of the decade 2000, has registered around 30 to 50 births of shorthair tonkinese a year, but this figure, which was previously relatively stable, has suddenly descended to 15 in 2018 now only 6 in 2019. The complexity of breeding tonkinese could be a factor in this decline. In fact, how breeders have tried to exclude from breeding lines with genetic problems, the breed's gene pool has been considerably reduced, what has made your job difficult.

It is clear that the longhair tonkinese will not be able to take over. In fact, the number of annual registrations, that no longer exceeded ten, also collapsed in 2018 and 2019 until reaching zero. In total, there was only 48 births between 2010 and 2019.

On the other hand, in United States, the tonkinese ranks 20 (of 45) in the ranking established by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) according to the number of annual registrations in the organization. Although it is not one of the most popular breeds in the country, continues to enjoy some popularity. However, this popularity is eroding, since at the beginning of the decade of 2010 ranked 15th.

The same phenomenon is observed in the United Kingdom, where each year around 200 kittens tonkinese in the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), which places it around the 15th position in the ranking of the most popular feline breeds in the country. This is far from the average of 500 births per year that there were around the year 2000.

Physical characteristics

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Tonkinese kitten OdinAngela Thomas from Sydney, NSW, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The morphology of “tonkinese”

The morphology of Tonkinese cat It is intermediate between the long and thin type (Eastern) of the Siamese and the long and mighty kind of Birman. It is medium in size, with a complexion between that of his two ancestors, and your body should not be slim and slim like the first, nor solid, compact and strong boned like the second. Yes indeed, has powerful muscles, especially the male: this explains his unusually high weight for a cat of his size. Especially when they are neutered, since they usually weigh between 5 and 6 kg. Females have a much more standard weight, between 2,5 and 3,5 kg.

Although they can differ greatly in weight, the two sexes are quite similar in size, of about 25 to 30 cm..

Whatever the sex, the legs of the Tonkinese cat they are thin and of proportional length to the body. They end in oval legs, with five fingers in front and four in the back. The tail also has a proportional length, that is to say, approximately equal to the distance from the rump to the end of the shoulder blades, and tapers to a point.

The snout is rounded and the eyes are almond-shaped rather than round. The eyes are generally aquamarine blue, but they can also be green or yellow-green, the latter being the most common color of the individuals shown. The ears are size medium, are widely spaced and have a broad base that tapers to the rounded tip.

A great diversity of appearances

The Tonkinese cat It is distinguished by the great variety of appearances that its coat can show, both in terms of color, as in pattern and even in length.

However, not all colors are recognized by all feline associations, being some more restrictive than others in this sense. For example, the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) only recognizes four basic colors: natural (medium brown), champagne (buff), blue and platinum. At the other end of the spectrum, the TICA (International Cat Association) recognizes all known colors, that is to say, nothing less than thirteen. Among them, the CCA (Canadian Cat Association) accepts six colors: natural, champagne, honey, blue, platinum and fawn.

It also, the fur of the Tonkinese cat can have three different types of patterns:

“colorpoint” (pointed)

A pattern similar to the classic Siamese: in most of the body, hair ends in “points” darker than base color, which can be white or cream. Cats with this pattern have blue eyes..

“Solid, also called sepia

Similar to the pattern of Burma: hair color is uniform over most of the body or has faint ends. This pattern is associated with green or green-gold eyes..

“Mink or sable

Intermediate pattern between the first two. The tips are more striking than the pattern points, but more contrasted than those of the solid drawing. The eyes are a pale greenish blue, called aquamarine, which can vary in shades of blue and green.

The thirteen recognized hues can be combined into three patterns each, which also exist in a tabby version in the tonkinese with spikes and mink patterns. This means that the number of possible combinations is very large., which makes the tonkinese in one of the most diverse races in this sense.

Its appearance is even more varied, since its color changes over time. Kittens can take up to 16 months to show its adult color, which then tends to darken with age.

The Tonkinese cat has a fur short and dense. The coat has a fine texture, silky smooth and a lustrous shine. The extremities (that is to say, the mask, the ears, legs and tail) are dark and the intensity of their coloring gradually decreases, merging with that of the body.

However, but the tonkinese usually has the shorthair, there is also a lesser known -and recognized variety- of semi-long-hair, which is a cross with him Asian Semi-longhair cat (Tiffanie).

Size and weight

  • Size: 30 cm.
  • Weight: Of 2,5 to 5,5 kg

Breed standard

The breed standards are documents prepared by official bodies in which the conditions that a dog must meet are listed. tonkinese to be fully recognized as belonging to the race:

Health

Tonkinese
Tonkinese cat- Flickr

Like his ancestors the Siamese and the Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman), the Tonkinese cat enjoys good longevity: It is not uncommon for him to reach the venerable age of 18, 19 or even 20 years, thus often exceeding the average age of 15 years that domestic cats reach.

However, just like their ancestors, may be subject to certain genetic diseases:

  • The amyloidosis, a disease that occurs when a protein, amyloid substance, is deposited in the organs (starting with the liver) and prevents its proper functioning. The kidneys are usually one of the affected organs, therefore, kidney failure may occur. Amyloidosis can also cause bad breath and gingivitis.;
  • Aortic stenosis, that is to say, a narrowing of the aorta: this congenital disease can cause growth retardation;
  • Convergent strabismus (narrowed eyes) caused by congenital malformations of the optic nerve pathways;
  • Congenital pyloric stenosis, which is a narrowing of the sphincter between the stomach and the duodenum. May cause gastric retention problems, manifested in the form of vomiting, which are often severe and occur long after eating. These vomits consist of undigested or poorly digested food.
  • feline hyperesthesia syndrome, a neurological problem that causes heightened sensitivity of the different senses. Causes untimely and impressive behavior in affected individuals;
  • Lymphoma, or lymph cancer. All races can be affected, but the eastern ones are the most affected;
  • The nystagmus, a neurological disorder that causes rapid, involuntary eye movements;
    Progressive retinal atrophy (ARP), an incurable disease of the retina that causes total loss of vision in the cat. There is a genetic test to diagnose it.

A breeder responsible for tonkinese is careful to select stallions that are not affected by congenital diseases, and whose ancestors are not either. Any potential buyer is advised to demand proof that both the parents and the kitten itself have been tested, and that they have been negative.

It is worth mentioning that the tonkinese it is very healthy because, from the beginning of the race, breeders have worked together to reduce the risk of inbreeding. Through effective communication between them, they have managed to eliminate the lines with genetic problems.

Various feline associations - including the CFA- they no longer allow interbreeding with other breeds and, therefore, consider that race is a “closed race”. Consequently, the breeders of tonkinese, like those of other closed breeds, are concerned about the possible depletion of the gene pool of the tonkinese. This could lead to a breed with poorer health, shorter life and fewer litters. It is probably for this reason that, in France, the LOOF authorizes crossings with the European Burmes cat and the Asian longhair cat (just the kind “blunt cuttlefish”).

Grooming

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The short coat of the Tonkinese cat does not require particularly extensive care. Brushing the cat's coat weekly is enough. Of course, the coat of the long-haired variety may require more frequent brushing.

During the weekly maintenance session, the ears should also be examined and, if required, clean them with a cotton ball or soft cloth soaked in a mixture of cider vinegar and warm water in equal parts.

Although the Tonkinese cat you do not have any particular eye problems, the eyes should also be checked regularly. If scabs and dirt have built up in the corner of your eyes, should be cleaned with a clean cotton pad soaked in warm water or saline solution.

It also, as with other races, regular brushing is recommended to prevent periodontal disease.

Depending on your level of activity, It may also be necessary to trim your cat's nails if their tips have become too long and sharp. This is especially important for indoor cats., since natural wear is usually insufficient, although having a scratching post can greatly reduce this need.

Food

Feeding a tonkinese does not present any special difficulties. You just have to make sure that the food you give is balanced and of good quality., seeking advice if necessary from a breeder or veterinarian.

It also, as in the case of any other race, It must also be taken into account that the cat's food needs change throughout its life, and make the necessary adjustments accordingly.

In any case, as the tonkinese he is a curious and active cat, not very prone to obesity problems, especially if you spend part of your time abroad.

This is especially true because they are normally capable of self-regulation and, therefore, they can have food available at all times without causing problems.

For sale "Tonkinese cat"

In Europe - and especially in France- the price of a kitten tonkinese earmarked for the company ranges from 800 and 1000 EUR. However, in the case of an individual intended for breeding and/or cat beauty contests, the amount may well exceed these figures. In any case, may differ depending on the lineage and breeding the kitten comes from, but it doesn't really depend on the sex: the prices of males and females are more or less the same.

In United States, the price ranges between 600 and 1.200 $. Once again, a breeding or show animal can be significantly more expensive.

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Toyger cat
Federations: GCCF, TICA, LOOF

The Toyger it is a rare breed of cat, with an estimated population of about 400 specimens in the United States.

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History

The history of Toyger cat, whose name is a contraction of the words “Toy” and “Tiger“, started in California in the early 1980, When Judy Sugden, a breeder of Bengalis and daughter of Jean Mills-Sugden, famous for being the creator of Bengal cat, he noticed that one of his cats, call Millwood Sharp Shooter, tenía dos marcas atigradas en las sienes. Pensó que esto podría ser la base para el desarrollo de una raza de gato doméstico con rayas circulares similares a las del tigre.

The comparison between the Domestic cat and the tiger has been around for a long time, and many cats have had their fur described as “striped”. El desarrollo de una raza de gato doméstico con similitudes físicas con el rey de la selva es, Therefore, in a way, una continuación lógica de la creación de razas híbridas entre domestic cats and wild cats, as the Bengal cat or the Savannah cat.

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Judy Sugden comenzó su labor de cría con dos de sus gatos: a bengalí call Millwood Rumpled Spotskin and Domestic shorthair cat call Scrapmetal. Soon other breeders became interested in his work: Anthony Hutcherson, from the kennel JungleTrax, and Alice McKee, from the kennel Windridge, joined forces to promote the development of this new breed.

Although the bengalí it was used a lot in the different crosses, other races like him Maine Coon cat, the Pixie-bob and the Oriental shorthair cat ayudaron a cumplir algunos de los objetivos del programa de cría: lengthen the muzzle, widen the nose and reduce the size of the eyes and ears.

In 1993, Judy Sugden imported a street cat from the Indian region of Kashmir called Jammu Blu, que tenía una marca entre las orejas muy diferente a las líneas atigradas habituales, and decided to include it in its development program Toyger cat.

That same year, 1993, marked the acceptance of Toyger for registration by the International Cat Association (TICA), one of the world's leading feline organizations. The name “California Toyger“, que a veces se había utilizado para designar a este gato, it was then completely abandoned. Seven years later, in the year 2000, TICA granted him the status of a new breed, before fully recognizing her again seven years later, in 2007, y abrirle así el acceso a las exposiciones felinas organizadas bajo sus auspicios.

In the news, the Toyger cat It is also recognized by the Livre Officiel des Origines Francaises (LOOF) and by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) en el Reino Unido, but not for the American Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA), nor for the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFé). In fact, todavía es una raza en desarrollo, pero muy popular entre los criadores y el público en general: the appeal of this “toy tiger”, a totally tame cat with the look of the king of the jungle, is very real.

However, still a rare breed of cat, with an estimated population of about 400 specimens in the United States. In France, there have been some 30 registrations per year in the LOOF since its recognition in 2015. In the United Kingdom, el número es más bien de diez, but only from 2016 has been recognized by the GCCF.

Physical characteristics

Toyger
Toyger Cat – bellille, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Toyger it is a kind of long and powerful cat: it is medium size, muscular, with a long body and strong bone structure giving it a miniature tiger look. The tail, long and thick, is rounded at the tip and should be worn low.

The head of the Toyger it's long and wide, like the tiger, shaped like a hexagon if viewed from the side and heart shaped if viewed from the front. Has circular markings that do not exist in any other breed of domestic cat. Their ears they are rather small and rounded at the tip. Their eyes they are rather small in relation to their head, round and deep. Its snout it is quite long and has a well defined rounded outline.

The fur is short and dense, smooth and silky to the touch. The mottling is, Obviously, el aspecto más característico de esta raza: on a brown background, this tabby cat has a mackerel tabby pattern with a sharp contrast that lines up vertically. Stretched rosettes are preferred, and the mark must not be continuous, as in the wild tiger.

In the news, the brown mackerel tabby (color marrón, with a dark tabby pattern) es el único pelaje permitido por el estándar Toyger.

Size and weight

  • Male size: 22-25 cm.
  • female size: 20-23 cm.
  • Male weight: 4,5-7 kg
  • female weight: 3 to 4,5 kg

Breed standard

The breed standards are documents produced by official bodies that list the conditions that a dog must meet. Toyger to be fully recognized as belonging to the race:

Varieties

The Toyger silver, which has a silvery gray background color instead of the usual brown, is increasingly sought after by fans, pero todavía no está permitido por los estándares establecidos por los distintos organismos que reconocen la raza.

Character and skills

Toyger
Toyger cat – Gaynorjl, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It is a very sociable cat, que se lleva bien con los humanos y disfruta de su compañía. He loves spending time with his family, either playing with children or sleeping on the adults' laps. Demands the attention of its owner, but offer deep affection in return.

Their sociable and friendly character also applies to other cats, así como a los perros sin instinto depredador. However, living with small rodents or birds is much more problematic.

As the Toyger it is a breed of intelligent cat, it is very possible to teach you tricks, and he likes to play fetch. Although they are playful and active, it may be advisable to keep them indoors to avoid the risk of theft, as they are rare and highly sought after. A good solution for you to enjoy the outdoors is to walk your cat on a leash, especially since this is not usually a problem for him.

The Toyger cat it is a well built and very adaptable cat, capaz de encajar bien en la mayoría de los hogares. However, needs attention and does not like to be left alone for too long and / or too often.

Health

As the Toyger es una raza de gato reciente y poco común, es difícil tener suficiente información fiable para sacar conclusiones sobre posibles predisposiciones a enfermedades, whether or not they are hereditary. However, appears to be a robust cat breed overall, no particular health problems.

However, have been detected soplos cardíacos in some individuals. This is potentially a sign of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, una enfermedad del corazón que puede causar diversos grados de problemas de flujo sanguíneo.

The Obesity in cats remains the highest risk today, especially if they are kept indoors. Therefore, the owner should especially watch his diet so that he maintains a normal weight.

Life expectancy

Of 12 to 15 years

Grooming

Toyger
Toyger (TGR) Eeyaa American Idol – Flickr

The Toyger it is a breed of cat that is easy to care for.

Brushing the cat's coat once a week is enough to preserve its beautiful coat by removing dead hair and distributing the protective sebum from the skin.. Cats molt more in the fall and spring, but this move is relatively discreet, so brushing once or twice a week is more than enough.

The weekly brushing session is also a good opportunity to check that your eyes and ears are clean., y para limpiarlos con una toallita húmeda si es necesario. Teeth should be brushed with a cat toothpaste to prevent tartar build-up and keep breath fresh.

Finally, if he Toyger has a scratching post available and uses it, the natural wear of the claws is usually sufficient. If that is not the case, las garras deben recortarse con un cortaúñas cuando sean demasiado largas.

Food

The Toyger necesita una dieta rica en proteínas, preferably of animal origin. La mayoría de los fabricantes de alimentos para gatos ofrecen croquetas o papillas de calidad suficiente para satisfacer sus necesidades, but the owner must ensure that they contain all the nutrients he needs.

To avoid the risk of obesity, the owner must also ensure that the cat's rations are tailored to his activity level. By being able to self-regulate, the Toyger you can usually have your food available constantly. However, if signs of being overweight start to appear, el propietario debe buscar el consejo del veterinario para encontrar la mejor manera de limitar la ingesta diaria de calorías del gato.

For sale "Toyger cat"

The price of a kitten Toyger con pedigrí oscila entre 500 and 3000 EUR.

Varía mucho según sus características físicas:

  • A kitten with deviations from the standard that are penalized in feline exposures (and that, Therefore, deprive you of any hope of success) costs between 500 and 1000 EUR;
  • A quality individual “show” worth between 1500 and 2000 EUR;
  • Un individuo cuyas características de alto vuelo lo hacen apto para la cría puede comprarse por entre 2500 and 3000 EUR.

However, keep in mind that the Toyger it's rare and in high demand. As a result, few kittens are available for sale compared to demand. Thus, la mayoría de las personas que desean adoptar un Toyger cat must sign up for a waiting list.

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Thai cat ( Wichien Maat)
Federations: TICA, GCCF, LOOF, FIFé, WCF

With a more robust silhouette than that of the Modern Siamese cat, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) it is distinguished mainly by a more moderate and much shorter head triangle.
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History

If nothing allows us to affirm historically that these “thai conjoined twins” find their origin in Thailand (ex Kingdom of Siam), documents dating from the 19th century testify instead to the very real presence of these cats in the feline world.

However, at the beginning of the year 70, a group of breeders decided to progressively lengthen the muzzle and ears of the Siamese. So much so that, by dint of selection, the Thai cat no longer corresponded at all to the standard, which in turn had evolved as the appearance of the Siamese. To the point where a decision had to be made, and so he was born Thai, whose breed was officially recognized in France in 2002.

With a more robust silhouette than that of the Modern Siamese cat, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) it is distinguished mainly by a more moderate and much shorter head triangle. His muzzle is less “sunken” and his ears are clearly shorter. These characteristics correspond perfectly with the photographs that testify to the presence of these cats., and of which some date back to before 1900.

If the LOOF standard of the Thai now lets find the Thai cat, there is matter to make it evolve, the currently defined features allow for a bit too much length in their interpretation.

The British call it “apple head“, the Italians “siamese tradizionale” and the Americans have kept the name of “siamese“. Only a few European countries, including France, they have removed the word “Siamese” of his name for obscure reasons. However, it cannot be argued that the Thai is really a Siamese cat.

Physical characteristics

Thai cat
Colorpoint cat. Possibly Siamese – Cindy McCravey, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Medium-sized, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) has a rather short triangular head, with rounded front contours and a slight profile stop.

The body is well muscled and surprisingly heavy for its size.

The Thai cat combines athletic grace with a silky, close-fitting coat.

Size and weight

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Gato Siamés tradicional (Thai)
Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) – catwoman92, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Male size: 30 cm.
  • female size: 30 cm.
  • Male weight: 4-5 kg
  • female weight: 3-3,5 kg

Breed standard

The breed standards are documents produced by official bodies that list the conditions that a dog must meet. Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) to be fully recognized as belonging to the race:

Character and skills

Very affectionate and naughty, kind to humans, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) he is extremely sociable. In many aspects, its character is similar to that of a dog.

With a sharp intelligence, the Wichien Maat Always gets what he wants, either by trickery or by the tenderness of his master, with whom you regularly have long conversations.

Very tame and not aggressive, they are great company for both young children and the elderly.

The Thai cat it is a very expressive cat with a strong personality, but it can also be perfectly adapted to the lifestyle of its owners.

Health

The Siamese are predisposed to feline asthma.

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