One of the most popular breeds in North America, the Tonquinés is a hybrid of the Siamese and the American Burmese. These hybrids have existed to produce two mutations in tips, and it may reveal, in fact, the true identity of the 'chocolate Siamese"documented in the Decade of 1880.

Now recognized as the founder of the burmesa race, Wong Mau, was Tonquinés, because he produced two patterns of fur kittens. However, until the Decade of 1950 breeders did not begin to work to create and refine hybrids.

The race was developed and was acknowledged for the first time in Canada, and today it is accepted by major records on both sides of the Atlantic, Although some records still argue if the tonquinés is truly a race. Given that the characteristic coat is a mixture of two genetic patterns, the two genes are present in all tonquineses cats, and all mating may produce the Siamese pattern or Burmese cats. But this is not the only race that produces variants, the debate is more a matter of degree than of principle.

The coat of the tonquinés pattern is called mink. Patterns Siamese and burmeses genes are recessive two, and neither dominates the other; Thus, a cat with a copy of each shows this third level of shading to half way between the two. This subtle pattern on a silky fur covers a moderate and balanced complexion, and that is complemented by striking green eye color. Gregarious and friendly fun, the tonquinés has the typical oriental breeds affectionate nature, but it is less noisy than most, and it has a higher than average life expectancy.

It is surprising that this breed healthy and sociable never reached great popularity outside of North America. While in the continent is one of the ten most popular breeds, It is relatively rare in Europe and Australasia.

Most of the owners claim that their cats are very intelligent, and the owners of a tonquinés are not the exception. While there is no evidence that a race is 'smarter' than the other, recognizes that the tonquinés, as the parent breeds, behaves in the manner more extraverted spectrum of feline behavior. One consequence of this is that the tonquinés is favored by families who want their cats are like a dog as far as possible.

Visual guide to cats, Dr. Bruce Fogle

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