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Prairie Ridge Cattery is located in Southeastern North Dakota: Breeding Tonkinese 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).

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


Blue Point Tonkinese

Photo credit: Sherry Hime

Fawn Abyssinian

Photo credit: Sherry Hime





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


Champagne Point and Blue Point Tonkinese


Lisa Shelabarger
14127 61 street SE
Sheldon, ND 58068

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