This enchanting cat has a long and proud history and makes a good family pet, but it can be strong-willed and assertive.
Few cat breeds can truly be described as being of ancient origin, but the Korat from Thailand is one of them. It appears in a book titled The Cat Book Poems, which dates back to the Ayudhya period (1350–1767), in what was then Siam.
Long prized in its native country as a symbol of good fortune, the Korat was virtually unknown in the West until the mid-20th century, when a breeding pair was sent to the US. This graceful, silvery blue cat makes a very special pet.
Usually highly active, the Korat has its peaceful moments, too, and is gentle and affectionate with its owners. With heightened senses, the breed is easily startled by loud noises or abrupt handling.
The foundation of this breed in the US was a pair from Thailand named Nara and Darra.
Origin: Thailand, c.12th–16th century
Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA
Weight range: 6–10lb (2.5–4.5kg)
Colors and patterns: Blue only.