A medium build cat, the Tonkinese has a wedge-shaped head with high cheekbones, almond-shaped eyes that are blue-green or turquoise and oval tip ears.
They have a short, fine and soft coat with a lustrous sheen. The coat colour is paler than the Burmese but darker than the Siamese. Their face, legs, ears, paws and tails have a darker shade to the rest of their body. The breed can come in a variety of colours including brown, blue, red and lilac.