TONKINESE COLOURS & PATTERNS

Tonkinese kittens are all born pure white, with blue eyes.  At 2-3 weeks old, they start developing colour.

  • With Point pattern, they develop colour on the points only.

  • With Minks and Solids, the point colour comes in first, and the body colour darkens as they age.

  • Eye colour of Points stays Blue, and eyes of Minks & Solids start changing from Blue to Aqua at 6-8 weeks old.

 

To demonstrate, pictures below of my Champagne/Chocolate Mink queen Lily, at 8 weeks, 16 weeks, and 18 months old:
 

8 weeks
8 weeks

Point colour only Blue eyes

16 weeks
16 weeks

Point colour only Aqua eyes

Adult
Adult

Fully developed body colour Aqua eyes

COLOURS:

Tonkinese cats come in 10 colours.  These are:

  • Common:    Seal/Natural, Chocolate/Champagne, Blue, and Lilac/Platinum

  • Rare:          Red, Cream, Apricot, Cinnamon, Fawn, and Caramel

Seal Point
Seal Point

White body Dark Brown points Blue eyes

Seal Point
Seal Point

White body Dark brown points Blue eyes

Seal/Natural Mink
Seal/Natural Mink

Light brown body Dark brown points Aqua eyes

Seal Solid
Seal Solid

Dark brown all over Aqua to Chartreuse eyes

Chocolate Ticked
Chocolate Ticked

As Chocolate Mink, with Tabby marks in point colour Each hair on body is banded dark-light-dark

Chocolate Point
Chocolate Point

White body Chocolate points Blue eyes

Champagne/Chocolate Mink
Champagne/Chocolate Mink

Champagne body Chocolate points Aqua eyes

Chocolate Solid
Chocolate Solid

Chocolate brown all over Aqua to Chartreuse eyes

Blue Tabby Point
Blue Tabby Point

As Blue Point, with Tabby markings in point colour Blue eyes

Blue Point
Blue Point

White body Dark blue points Blue eyes

Blue Mink
Blue Mink

Light blue body Dark blue points Aqua eyes

Blue Solid
Blue Solid

Dark blue all over Aqua to Chartreuse eyes

Lilac Tabby Point
Lilac Tabby Point

As Lilac Point, with Tabby markings in point colour Blue eyes

Lilac Point
Lilac Point

White body Warm blueish/fawn points Blue eyes

Platinum/Lilac Mink
Platinum/Lilac Mink

White to silvery-platinum body Warm blueish-fawn points Aqua eyes

Lilac Solid
Lilac Solid

Warm blueish-fawn all over Aqua to Chartreuse eyes

Caramel Tabby
Caramel Tabby

Banding or Spotting should be nice and clear

Caramel Spotted (Winter)
Caramel Spotted (Winter)

A deep blue-fawn colour Darker in winter than summer

Caramel Spotted (Summer)
Caramel Spotted (Summer)

A brighter fawn than in winter, the colour of honey.

Caramel Mackeral Tabby
Caramel Mackeral Tabby

Pattern is striped instead of spotted

COAT PATTERNS:

Point
Point pattern is like the Siamese pattern - white body, coloured Points, and Blue eyes - light china blue to dark sapphire blue

Mink
With Mink pattern, the body is a paler shade of the Point colour, and eyes are Aqua - blueish-green to greenish-blue

Solid
Solid pattern is like Burmese - the body is the same all over, or only slightly lighter than the point colour, and eyes are Aqua to Chartreuse - sea green to a slightly gold-toned green.  They should not have pure yellow or amber eyes.



COLOUR PATTERNS:

Colour patterns OVERLAY the Coat pattern - so you'll get Point & Tabby Point, Mink & Tabby Mink, Solid & Tabby Solid, and so on.  The three Colour Patterns are Tabby, Tortie, and Torbie.

Tabby Pattern:

Ticked Tabby
Each hair is banded:  base colour - point colour - base colour.

Mackeral Tabby
Body is banded with the Point colour, unbroken bars from spine to stomach, stomach generally with short dashes or spots

Broken Mackeral Tabby
Body is banded with the Point colour, in broken dashes - generally the bands starting at spine are the longest, getting progressively shorter towards the belly

Spotted Tabby
Body is spotted all over.  Evenly placed, round spotting preferred. Currently, I'm the only Tonkinese breeder in Australia with Tabby Tonkinese.


Tortie Pattern:

As with a normal Tortoiseshell cat, but no white allowed.  This gives the Tortie Tonkinese a fairly unusual look - for example, blue with brown patches.

Tabby-Tortie (Torbie) Pattern:

Combines the Tabby pattern with the Tortie pattern.