The Tonkinese Cat Club was founded in November 1994 and on
24th June 1998 was granted affiliation with the Governing Council of Cat Fancy
(GCCF). We are also affiliated with the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB).
The Tonkinese Cat Club is a friendly, growing and
progressive organisation for breeders, exhibitors and pet owners alike. Our
object is to encourage the responsible breeding and exhibiting of Tonkinese; to
forward, promote and protect the interests of the Tonkinese breed; and to encourage the care and protection of
all cats. To this end, we undertake a variety of different activities.
Our Committee is composed of experienced breeders,
exhibitors and owners of Tonkinese, and any Committee member will always be
willing to offer advice and assistance to anyone wishing to enquire about our
We hold an annual Show, usually in conjunction with one or
several other Cat Clubs, at which members and non-members alike are welcome,
whether to exhibit their own cats, to enjoy a friendly day out chatting to our
members and exhibitors about the breed and cats in general, to obtain advice
about finding a pedigree kitten or simply to look at all the beautiful cats on
show. You will find a Breeder/Kitten list on this website on which our breeder
members may post information about Tonkinese kittens they have available at the
moment, so if you're searching for a kitten that might be a good place to
We aim to represent
the interests of Club Members at the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and at
the relevant Breed Advisory Committee (BAC), which establishes and maintains
the Standard of Points and breeding and registration policies for Tonkinese,
monitors the training of Judges for the breed and is concerned with all matters relating to its promotion and status. As an Club
affiliated with the GCCF, we have experienced breeders on the BAC, which
enables us to help decide on breeding policies along with the Tonkinese Breed
Club. It is the BAC that puts forward applications for promotion and who worked
so hard for us to get to Championship status.
We are also concerned with the welfare, not only of the Tonkinese
breed as a whole but also of individual Tonkinese cats who are lost,
experiencing difficulties or who have
become homeless, often through no fault of their own. Our Welfare Officer
regularly receives requests for assistance from owners in need of advice,
veterinary surgeons and animal welfare organisations who have a Tonkinese in
their care in need of assistance and from owners who are unable to continue
caring for their cats and are forced to rehome them. Where appropriate, we may arrange
foster-care for such cats pending rehoming, either in our own safe accommodation
or with an experienced fosterer, and we work closely with the TBC and other cat
welfare organisations to try to ensure that every Tonkinese has a responsible,
caring home. The welfare of the cats is a very large part of what we do, and we
will do our best to assist any Tonkinese
in need of help.
Most of the Club's income comes from our members' subscriptions and from donations to our welfare work, which is by far the most expensive aspect of what we do. Generous donations from members and others interested in the breed help us a great deal in continuing to ensure the well-being both of the breed as a whole and of individual Tonkinese who need our help.
We welcome applications from owners of Tonkinese, whether or not they wish to breed and/or show their cats, past owners or those who hope to own a Tonkinese in the future, and from anyone who is interested in these lovely, intelligent, affectionate cats. If you would like to join, please click here to download the application form.