The Tibetan is a medium sized cat breed new to the UK, but already fully recognised in the Netherlands (where it originated), Belgium, Germany, France and South Africa. She is a semi-longhaired Tonkinese, and while the Tonkinese derives from a Siamese/Burmese cross, the Tibetan is the result of a Balinese (a semi-longhaired Siamese) and a Burmese. Tibetans are slowly gaining popularity in the UK with a small handful of breeders promoting this new breed. These breeders have also formed a specialist cat club dedicated to Tibetans and are working towards gaining recognition from both the Governing Council of Cat Fancy (GCCF) and the International Cat Association (TICA) in due course. The Burmese were recognised here in the 1950s, the Balinese in the 1980s and the mink-coloured Tonkinese received full recognition in 2001, so there is good reason to believe that the Tibetans will also be fully recognised in the future.
Read our Tibetan Buying Advice page for information on this cat breed.