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The Korat (pronounced ko-RAHT, not KO-rat)
is a small cat known for its sleek, silvery blue coat, heart-shaped
face, and prominent peridot green eyes. Korat kittens are bred only in the one color.
Korats originated in Thailand, where they are
regarded as "good luck" or "si-sawat" cats. This is a very old
breed with a documented history going back to at least the 14th
century. All registered, pedigreed Korats can trace their lineage
back to Thailand.
The first Korat to enter a show may have been
show in England in 1896 as a cat of Siam, but because it was not
the acknowledged buff color of the "Siamese" cat, it
was rejected from competition. This cat may have been a Korat
or simply a self-blue Siamese cat, since those genes were present
in the Siamese cat population. The first Korats to enter the United
States were imported in 1959 and the Korat breed was accepted for championship
status in CFA in 1967.
The Korat personality is energetic, intelligent, and affectionate. They are somewhat clannish and prefer the company
of their own kind, and some care needs to be taken mixing them in households. If they are an "only Korat" they may do fine, but two Korats in the same household as a non-Korat cat may gang up on the "outsider".
They are never outcrossed to other breeds,
nor was any other breed known to have been used in their development
as a pedigreed breed. Korats are unusual in that there are not a parent breed of any other
Pictures of Korats from paintings hundreds of
years old look startlingly like Korats living today.
Interesting breed fact: In Thailand, Korats
were never sold, but were often given as gifts in pairs.
Associations: The Korat is accepted by
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Korat Breed Information
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