GrCh Klahz Yagu Pu Yai Bahn Mee Ngern
Breeder: Else-Carine Risberg & John Ypma,
Mrs Risberg is Eastern Canada Regional
Director in ACFA.
In general Korat cats are only recognized in the color blue. The
color is a medium blue.
At GCCF there exist also Thai lilac and
Thai bluepoint, which have the same standard as the Korat, but shall
not be mixed up with the Thai breed!
GLD DB GD CH Ratchasima Gi-Gi Moon Dancer
and her son
Breeder: Elaine Vincent,
Ratchasima cattery, Darwin, Australia
Owner: Eva Krynda,
Doklao cattery, Sydney, Australia
In Korat some years ago the inheritable disease
und GM2 was found, where a DNA-test exists now. FIFe's breeding
rules allow to breed with GM-carriers.
Korat breeders have their breeding cats tested for GM.
Siamese Cats, Legends and Reality, Clutterbuck Martin, White
Press, Bangkog 2004, ISBNn 978-974-480-053-4
You find here the translation of the Smud Khoi of Cats
Cats for all seasons, The Nation, Bangkog's independent
article about Clutterbuck's book from September 12, 2004.
Common Thai Given Names,
if you search for a Thai-name for your Korat.
Discovering the Korat, Jean L. Johnson, Cat Magazine, May 1961
Korat Magazine from Thailand, featuring
Korat Conservation Club
From left to right: Supranee,
GLD DB GD CH Doklao Bella Blu,
CH Rursaj Dtook Ga Dtah (N)
Breeder: Eva Krynda,
Doklao cattery, Sydney, Australia
Tiny glah hoo-a jy
Owner: Cathy Nichols,
Nikelsilva cattery, Humber Bridge, UK
The Korat is a shorthaired cat, surprisingly heavy, which one would not
presume when looking at the body, with a heart-shaped face and large, very
expressive green eyes.
The head is medium sized and has a heart-shaped face.
The forehead is relatively flat. All sides are rounded. The upper part of the
heart is built by the eye brow ridges, the lower part is built by the muzzle,
the head narrows down the cheeks to the muzzle. The muzzle shall not be too
broad, but also not pointed. The nose has a stop between the eyes and has a
slight lion-like slope downwards, when viewed in profile.
The ears are large, open at the base and comparably high set.
The eyes are very large, compared to the face, and really striking, they appear
to be almost round. Adult cats have a striking bright green eye color. But
development of eye color is very slow, young adults still have mostly an amber
The neck is medium in length and solid.
The body is called to be semi-cobby - that means not too short, slightly longer,
but quite sturdy and solid. The cats are surprisingly heavy, even though they
have medium bones, but their musculature is very solid and is hard to touch. The
chest is broad. The back looks slightly arched.
The legs are medium in length, not too slender, with oval paws.
The tail is about as long as the body, the tip is rounded.
The coat is called to be single, which means having almost no undercoat. The
coat lies flat to the body. The hairs are fine, silky and no short as usually in
shorthaired cats. One notices immediately the silvery shine of the coat, the
hairs are paler at the root, the shaft is darker having a silver tip.
History and origin of the Korat is the history of the cats of Thailand
(called Siam before June 24, 1939).
Several breeds claim the same source as their origin:
- Cat-Book Poems: Tamra Maew, written between 1350 - 1765,
- Smud Khoi of Cats (also written as Smut Khoi), a copy of this sript, which
was written and painted between 1868-1910 by a monk, called Somdej Phra Buddhacharn
Buddhasarmahathera, on the request of
King Rama V (Phra Chula Chomklao Chaoyuhua, bprn Sept. 20, 1953, died
23, 1910, he reigned from Oct. 1, 1868 - 1910):
|The second cat
Wilat (Beauty) and
third cat Thong Daeng (Copper) - Burmese or Tonkinese
|The first cat
Nin-Rad or Ninlarat (Black Jewel)
"The cat 'Malet' has a body colour like 'Doklao'. The hairs are smooth, with
roots like clouds and tips like silver. The eyes shine like dewdrops on a lotus
leaf" (translation by Khun Prasit Sahkorn).
(daawk) means flower and
lao names a
certain type of grass (Saccharum Spontaneum, wild sugar plant).
|The fourth cat
Gow Theem or Kao Taem (Nine Marks) and
the fifth cat Ma-Laid or Maaleht (Flower) or Dork Lao (Lao-flower) - Korat
|The eighth cat
Wi-Chi-An-Maad (Diamond) or Wichien Maas (Moon Diamond) - Siamese, Thai and
the fourteenth cat Singh-Hasep (Lion) or Singha Sep
with courtesy by Henk Keers,
Siau Tsj'oe cattery, Netherlands
After a manuscript owned by Debbie Howard
It is said that King Rama V had taken the name Korat, because these cats mostly
appeared in the province Korat in the Pimai district.
The Korat often is also called
see-sa-waat (also written as si-sawat):
sa waat is a climbing plant with grey-green fruits
see sa waat as a compound is the color blue-grey.
It is interesting that this name is claimed by Korat people as well as by
Siamese and Thai people, who think that it is the naming for blue point.
The 17 Lucky Cats of the Smut Khoi are:
|Ninlarat - dark
||Wilat - beauty
Thong Daeng - copper
|Kao Taem or Gow
Theem - nine marks
Dork Lao - Lao-flower
|Saem Sawet - the
alternate white or
Sam-Sart - blue roan
- moon diamond
||Mulila - white
or Grob Wen - mirror frame, spectacle frame or
Aaan Maa - saddle
But-Se-Weis - white back line or
Pattalort - continued line
|Krajork - sparrow
||Singha Sep - lion
or lion eater
paradise bird or
Garn Waek - jealousy
|Jatubot - four
|Konjaa - Sarus
The 6 Cats of Evil of the Smut Khoi are:
||Phan Phayak or
Lai Sewa - tiger breed
|Pisaat - Fiend
||Hin Thot - bad
|Korp Phleng -
||Nep Satian -
The first Korat, imported from Thailand, Nara and Darra (from Mahajaya
cattery owned by Mrs. Khunying Abhibal Rajamaitri), arrived on June 12, 1959 at Jean L.
Johnson (Cedar Glen cattery), Oregon, USA.
In May 1965 the Korat Cat Fanciers Association was founded, which also wrote the
first standard, one of its founding members was Dr. Daphne Negus
In March 1966 the Korat was recognized by ACA.
In August 1996 the Korat was recognized by CFA.
1972 the first Korat litter was born in England from cats, which had been
imported from the USA by Ms Betty
Munford. In 1976 the Korat was recognized for registration by GCCF, in 1984 it
was then recognized for championship.
1974 Elfie Kleive (Pimai cattery), Norway, imported Korat from Thailand.
In November 1981, Vienna, the Korat was recognized for registration by FIFe, in
1983 it was also recognized for championship. In 1996 FIFe also decided that as
Korat only blue Korat can be registered, all other colors have to be registered
as XSH (not recognized shorthair).
Korat may have also kittens with other colors, lilac and bluepoint.
GCCF, since 02-2002, follows a different policy to make breeding Korat easier:
- Lilac kittens are registered as Thai lilac and may be shown in the Assessment
- Bluepoint kittens are registered as Thai bluepoint and may be shown in the Assessment
Do not mix up these colors with the breed of the Thai!
The cats are very faithful and loyal. They like to be the first ones and to show
their leadership, of also other breeds live in the same household. They have
their own strong will, but have a very gentle temperament. They are very
intelligent watching and following you to figure out, how you do something and
to imitate that. They are quite active cats and love to play, and you have to
play with them, whether you like it or not. The Korat is not a cat for
everybody, because you need to have more time for them and must care about them.
Grooming is rather simple and not time consuming. They do not
need a regular bath , but you should brush their beautiful coat to
remove dead hairs and to enhance the gloss of their coat.