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Breeding Tonkinese, Ocicats, and Abyssinians
from Champion lines. Loving, home raised kittens
that are raised under foot

The Tonkinese breed was originally developed by crossing the Burmese and Siamese breeds.  They are a medium sized cat that is surprisingly dense and muscular, being neither cobby nor svelte.  Their coat is short, fine, soft and silky, with a lustrous sheen.

Tonkinese have a colorful and loving personality, which make them ideal companions.  It is a socially oriented cat which enjoys people, other cats, dogs, and children.  Their affectionate ways are impossible to ignore and they quickly endear themselves to family and visitors.  A highly intelligent and curious breed; they can be taught to retrieve soft balls and walk on the leash.

Tonkinese come in twelve color/coat pattern combinations defined by base color (color of the points) and coat pattern (the shading of the overall coat). Base colors include Natural, Champagne, Platinum, and Blue. Coat patterns are point body (off-white with shading relative to the point color), mink body (rich, even, unmarked color) and solid body (slightly lighter color than point color with very little contrast between points and coat).

Natural Point Kitten

The Abyssinian is probably one of the oldest breeds of domestic cat. Some believe that they are decendants of cats of Ancient Egypt. What is certain is that the first Abyssinian cat was brought from Ethiopia to Great Britain in 1868.

Abyssinians are a medium sized cat with a well-muscled and athletic body. A very active and intelligent breed they can be taught to walk on a leash and play fetch.

Abys have great temperaments and make wonderful companions, although not lap cats, they are loyal and affectionate. They are wonderful companions who are highly interested in everything around them and what everybody is doing. No place ever goes unexplored, so you can expect to find them on counters, tables, refrigerators, book cases, and a top doors. Fortunately they are very careful and rarely knock anything off.

Abyssinians have a ticked coat that gives off a translucent quality. The four traditional colors are ruddy, blue, red, and fawn.


The appearance of the Ocicat is that of a wild cat.  They resemble the Ocelot, but it in fact, does not have any wild blood, so is not at risk for unwelcome instinctual behavior.  It's ancestors are the Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair.  The spots are derived from the Abyssinian/ Siamese cross and the American Shorthair added the silver inhibitor.  The Ocicat has large thumprint shaped spots with a subtle suggestion of the classic tabby pattern.

Ocicats are a medium to large cat that are surprisingly heavy for their size.  They are well muscled and active.  An affectionate and interactive breed that is totally devoted to their people.  They get along well with children, dogs, and other cats. Their intelligent nature make them easy to train to the leash and to fetch.

Ocicats come in twelve colors. The spotted patterns are tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, ebony silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver. There are non-spotted patterns as well, including solids and classics.

Tawny spotted female

Above photos: Sherry Hime


Above photo: David Perez




Prairieridge is a CFA and ACFA registered cattery
and a member of the Tonkinese Breed Association



Champagne Point and Blue Point Tonkinese

Lisa Shelabarger
14127 61 street SE
Sheldon, ND 58068


Site last updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2019


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