- Will try to be the dominant cat in a multi-pet household.
- Intelligent, gentle, quiet, and affectionate with their owners.
- Extraordinary powers of hearing, sight, and scent.
- Not as vocal as their Siamese cousins.
- Protective of their humans and household.
Considered to be the native cat of Thailand where it is a symbol of good luck. Earliest picture of a Korat is found in the ancient book of paintings and verses known as The Cat-Book Poemsin Bangkok’s National Library. In 1959, the first known pair of Korats were imported into the United States. Accepted for championship in the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) 1966.
- Medium-sized with muscular, hard bodies and broad chests.
- Back is carried in a curve.
- Head is heart shaped with large, rounded ears.
- Green eyes are large and luminous.
- Single coat is short, glossy, and fine.
- Hair does not float off, making them easier to tolerate by some people with allergies.
- Silver-blue base color with silver tips creates a halo effect.
Health and Wellness:
- Because of the limited gene pool, Korat breeders have had a difficult time eliminating kinked tails and/or white lockets from their breed.
- Although these defects do not affect the well being of the cat, they are grounds for disqualification in the show ring.
- Some lines have indicated problems with gangliosidosis, a condition caused by an enzyme deficiency. Can cause severe neurological degeneration.
What you should know:
- If the pedigree of a Korat cannot be traced back to Thailand, it is not a true Korat.
- It is a myth that these cats were developed as fighting cats. The Korat is a lover, not a fighter.
- The best age to purchase a Korat kitten is between three and five months of age.
- Because they bond so strongly with their owners, older kittens and cats may have difficulty adjusting to a new home.
- Considered to be a rare breed.