The Korat is not a common breed. It is rare even in its native land of Thailand. It’s an ancient breed with a long history. Originating in the province of Korat (Si-Swat in the local language), the cat was given the same name as the land. The name loosely translates into “good fortune,” and a pair of cats were always among the traditional wedding gifts to Thai brides. The cats were also given to nobility as a testimony of their subjects’ loyalty and reverence toward them.

The Korat’s affectionate, quiet nature is befitting of such an animal. The breed is also inquisitive by nature and knowledgeable about everything in its environment. The Korat prefers to be totally indoors; street noises and even a busy household are extremely upsetting tithe animals. However, it remains playful with its human owners throughout its life. It is one of the very few breeds that seem to delight in learning and performing repetitive tricks on command. On the other hand, it is severely combative toward any strange cats brought into the home.

The first Korats were brought into the United States in 1959. Official recognition came in 1966, and the breed entered Great Britain in 1972. There are no varieties of the Korat beyond the solid silver blue.

The fur is short, thick, and silky, with no undercoat. The body is stocky and muscular, with a medium-length tail that ends in a point. The legs are medium and strong, ending in small, egg-shaped paws. The head has a definite heart shape to it, with a short nose but an overall pronounced muzzle. Eyes are large, round, prominent, and green or amber-green. The ears are very large and rounded at the points.

A daily rubbing with a gloved hand is recon-mended, as are precautions against viral infections in the respiratory system. The Korat does quite well on an eat-based diet.

Both sexes make very devoted, playful, and loving parents. Kittens do not reach their full potential colouring until about two years of age.

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