A DOG groomer from Shepley has become West Yorkshire's first Tonkinese cat breeder.


For those not in the kitty know, a Tonkinese is a cross between a Siamese and a Burmese cat.

The 'Tonk' is known for its distinctive looks, intelligence and affectionate temperament and is considered to be one purr-fect pet.

Lisa King, 32, from Lane Head Road, bred the first litter of Tonks in West Yorkshire in July.

It was love at first sight when Mrs King, owner of Clippets Mobile Dog Groomers, met her first Tonkinese seven years ago.

Last year she got her first Tonk and now she breeds show standard specimens valued at £350.

Mrs King said: "I always wanted one. They're cats that think like dogs.

"They follow you around and want company all the time.

"You can get them to fetch things and they're very talkative.

"When you're in the bath they play with the soap suds.

"In London, they're very popular in apartments and mill conversions, because they're a house cat."


* Tonkinese are a medium-sized, short-haired cat breed

* They are a recent cross between the Siamese and Burmese breeds

* The name Tonkinese originates from an island in the musical South Pacific

* Tonks come in three main patterns: sepia (solid), mink, and pointed.

* Tonkinese cats are usually slender and muscular cats.

* They are usually intelligent, curious and affectionate.

* Tonks are playful, but seldom hyperactive. However, they can play up if they become lonely or bored.