Native Country Thailand Other Names Korat, Malet, Khorat Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance Korats are a slate blue-grey short-haired breed
of domestic cat with a small to medium build and a low percentage of
body fat. Their bodies are semi-cobby, and surprisingly heavy for
their size. They are intelligent, playful, active cats and form
strong bonds with people. Among Korats' distinguishing
characteristics are their heart-shaped heads and large green eyes.
They are one of a few breeds where individuals have only one color.
Although it is rare, Korats occasionally have striking or faint
white markings or spots or even very faint gray stripes. Sometimes
these spots increase in size with age. These are seen as flaws, and
the cats are not allowed to be displayed in cat shows, although, of
course, it has no effect on their personality or health.
Breed Description Head: Heart-shaped when seen from the
front. Flat forehead. Slight stop between the forehead and nose.
Firm, well-developed cheeks. Muzzle neither pointed nor angular.
Long nose, slightly domed at the tip. Strong, well-developed chin.
Strong jaws. Eyes: Large, round, well-spaced, slightly slanted. Preferably
luminous green in color. Amber eyes are accepted, especially in
young cats. Actually, the final color is not attained before the age
of two. Eyebrows form two broad curves above the eyes. Neck: Medium-sized, long. Body: Medium-sized, semi-cobby, neither compact nor svelte.
Slightly arched back. Strong, muscular, flexible. Paw: Hind legs slightly longer than forelegs. Medium to heavy
bone structure. Oval paws Tail: Moderately long, thicker at the base, tapering to a
rounded tip. Coat: Short, fine, lustrous, dense hair. Simple coat (no
undercoat) tending to stand erect on the spine when the cat is in
motion. Even, silver blue color. The tip of the hair is silver,
making the coat appear frosted. The nose leather is dark blue-gray.
Paw pads dark blue to pinkish lavender. Fault: Narrow head. Small, closely spaced eyes. Yellow eyes.
Nose too long or too short. Pinched chin. Disqualify: any color
other than blue. White markings.
History This independent gray cat brings good luck This
natural breed originated in Thailand, where it was first established
in the 14th century. It is named after a province in Thailand, where
it is considered a bearer of good luck. In fact, its original name,
Si-sawat, means culture and prosperity. In The Cat Book of Poems of
the Ayutthaya kingdom (1350-1767), this cat is said to have "eyes
that shine like dewdrops on a lotus leaf". Specimens were imported
and shown in Great Britain in the late 19th century, but without
success, since they were seen simply as Siamese cats with blue
coats. American breeder Jean Johnson began breeding Korats in 1959.
The breed was recognized by the C.F.A. in 1966 and by T.I.C.A. in
1969. Upon its arrival in Europe in 1972, the Korat was approved by
the F.I.Fe. Well-known in the United States, the breed is quite
uncommon in Europe.
Behavior The Korat is lively, active, very agile and
playful but does not like agitation or noise. He needs a tranquil
environment. Korats are not very friendly toward other cats and are
reserved toward strangers. Gentle, very affectionate, and
hypersensitive, they are highly attached to their owner. They need
lots of love and attention. They have a melodious voice. They are
easy to groom, as weekly brushing is sufficient.
Health Extreme Sensitivities to Anesthetics, Vaccines,
and Pesticides, Respiratory Infections have been seen in the breed.