Korat - Shorthaired Cats

One of the oldest breeds, the Korat is said to have been named after the Thai province where the cat originated by King Rama V. In its native land it is known as “Si-Sawat”, which refers to the good fortune that its possession is believed to bring. With its beautiful silver-blue coat and heart-shape head, the modern cat is not much changed from its ancient ancestor.

The first Korat to be officially exhibited in Europe was entered in a British cat club show in 1896 – As a blue Siamese. A male and female pair were imported to the US in 1959, where recognition was granted in 1966. Recognition in Great Britain did not come until 1975.

Intelligent and very sweet0natured, the Korat makes a loving companion, particularly for children.

There are no varieties.

“The hairs are smooth, with tips like clouds and roots like silver, the eyes shine like dewdrops on a lotus leaf”. A wonderfully evocative description of the Korat, take from the Cat-Book Poems, written between 1350 and 1767, and held in the Bangkok National Library.

Picture: Two identical Korat

Semi-cobby, lithe, and muscular.

The fur should be short, flat, silky, and fine, with a district sheen to its silver-blue colour. The absence of a full undercoat may make this breed susceptible to chills in colder climates.

Medium in length, and round-tipped.

Medium in length and slim.

Small, oval paws with pads that should be dark blue to pinkish-lavender in colour.

A characteristic feature of the coat is the way the fur breaks when the back is bent.
- Forelegs are slightly shorter than the hind legs.

Heart-shaped. The nose should have a lion-like downward curve just above the nose-pad, which is dark blue or lavender in colour
- Large flat forehead.

Prominent, round, and luminous green. Kittens and adolescents may have yellow or amber-green eyes that change hue by the time they mature.

Large and round-tipped, set high on the head.

Facial Characteristics