The Korat are considered as the oldest naturally occurring stable cat breed, and have been around in Thailand for a very long time; their first recorded mention of the breed is in the Tamra Maew authored between 1350 and 1767 AD.
The modern Korat has been a result of the intensive breeding programme undertaken by the Cedar Glen Cattery, which imported a male called Nara and a female called Darra. These cats were gifted by to Jean Johnson and her husband by a Thai friend, and were outcrossed to Johnson’s blue point Siamese to avoid inbreeding. The kittens with the Siamese characteristics were removed from the programme, leading to the establishment of the American Korat Family. The Korat were finally accepted by the CFA in 1966 for championship competition.
Intelligent and full of life, the Korat is also extremely affectionate in nature. They can be taught to play fetch, and love playing games that require owner’s active participation. It is naturally attention-seeking, and will grow desolate if not attended to regularly. The Korat is suitable for single individuals, houses with small children and houses with pets.
Activity level: 3/5 (quite active)
Intelligence level: 3/5 (quite intelligent)
Curiosity: 3/5 (quite curious)
Friendliness: 3/5 (quite friendly)
Vocal: 2/5 (mildly vocal)
Having a single, short coat of silver-tipped blue colour, the Korat looks elegant, gracious and powerful. This cat is powerful and compact with a medium sized well developed muscular body. One of the most defining traits is the presence of a heart shaped fur around its chest, and its heart shaped head.
- Fur: Shorthair fur that appears to shimmer; the colour is silver tipped with blue roots.
- Eyes: Large, round eyes; amber and golden green eyes in kittens turn into peridot green in adult cats.
- Body structure: Middle shaped, semi-cobby body with heavy bone structure; broad chest, well-developed muscular shoulders.
- Facial features: Unique heart shaped head.
- Weight: the male Korat can weigh between 8 to 10 lbs, whereas the female weighs around 6 to 8 lbs.
Owing to its short fur and single coat, the Korat requires very little maintenance. Weekly brushings are quite adequate to remove dead hair and keep the coat clean. Moreover, chamois cloth wipe can also bring a lustrous, glossy look to the coat. Dental brushing every week also keep periodontal diseases at bay.
However, the Korat is susceptible to GM1 and GM2 gangliosidosis due to its genetic structure. Diagnosis is done through biochemical profiling, urinalysis, tissue biopsy, abdominal ultrasound, abdominal and chest x-rays, enzyme measure and complete blood count. Also, due to its low body fat content the Korat is quite sensitive to anaesthesia. Therefore, anaesthesia before any surgery must always be administered in right quantity by experienced veterinarian to prevent complications.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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