- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Tfh Pubns Inc (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852790873
- ISBN-13: 978-1852790875
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tonkinese Cats Hardcover – September 1, 1998
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I just got my own two little Tonks and I also own the other guide by Lorraine Shelton (ISBN 0793821924). Both together are a great help as my kittens are my first cats!
Vousden's book does go into great detail about genetics and selective breeding and what it means to breed true to standard. However, there is also tonnes of information for the novice Tonk cat owner, on all areas of healthcare, grooming, feeding and especially what to look out for or beware of when choosing a Tonk kitten.
If you are actually interested in the breed, this is a great book as not only does it cover the basics in detail, it covers the origins, possible drawbacks of the breed, personality characteristics and shows you examples of how to read your Tonk's papers and pedigree. It also tells you where the cats in the great photos in the book come from, which means you can actually contact the cattery yourself if you like what you see, as these catteries are well established. The appendixes at the back of the book are amazingly detailed and one can tell lots of research work has been invested and into compiling this book together.
It tells you not only the associations in Britain but also that in America and Europe and what characteristics are accepted or not accepted. The appendix also gives you up to date details on how to contact them and possible legal inquiries one might have when moving with the animals from one continent to another ( I moved with my cats from America to Canada and then to Germany)
Vousden has written a book for almost anyone interested in the breed, prospective Tonk owners, and also any novice who may one day consider breeding or attending cat shows as spectator or shower.
It does however take time to pore through the book or to do selective reading so you might want to (especially if you are novice) get a good book on good cat ownership that you could quickly flip through and perhaps also pick up Shelton's Tonk cat guide.
Overall, I think Vousden's book is a great reference for anyone interested in the breed as either pet,show or breeding quality;Tonk owner, propective Tonk owner, breeder or prospective breeder, to have at home!