The Korat is a silver-blue cat with a moderately cobby build. Eye colors are either green or amber.
The head of the Korat is heart-shaped. The ears are large, and have rounded tips.
Male Korats weigh approximately 11 pounds, while females are considerably smaller at around 7 pounds.
Like most Oriental cats, the Korat is active and playful. Korats are also very affectionate and sometimes vocal. This highly intelligent breed gets along with older children and well-behaved dogs.
The Korat’s coat is easy to care for, with just a weekly brushing needed to remove loose hair.
Korats need a lot of stimulation and playtime as they are very active cats who become easily bored. They need plenty of attention too, and don’t do well if left completely alone for many hours at a time.
The Korat developed in Thailand, and was considered a good luck cat by the Thai people for generations. It is considered one of the oldest domestic cat breeds in the world.
American Korats can be traced back to a pair named Nara and Darra, gifted by the Thai government to an American breeder named Jean Johnson in 1959. Johnson crossed the Korats with Siamese to increase the gene pool, and then bred out the Siamese traits. More Korats came to the U.S. in the 1960s from the Orient, and in 1966, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognized the breed.
Today, the Korat is also recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the American Cat Fanciers Association (AFCA).