One of the oldest stable breeds, the Korat dates back to Thailand when it was still called Siam. The earliest known representation of the Korat is pictured in The Cat-Book Poems, a manuscript dating back to the Ayudhya Period of Thai history (1350-1767). Long considered lucky, Korats are thought to bring wealth and pairs of the cats are sometimes given to brides to ensure a stong and fortunate marriage. No longer seen naturally in Thailand due to interbreeding, the Korat breed is now kept in existence thanks to the efforts of careful breeders.
Korats are intelligent, active, and playful cats. They are known to bond with their owners and to enjoy the company of other Korats. They will tolerate other cats and humans, but will insist on a place of pride in the family hierarchy. Korats expect a certain level of attention and will become withdrawn if left alone or ignored for long periods. Korats are very gentle cats, known for their love of cuddling and sweet way with children. They are sensitive to loud noises and have excellent senses of sight, smell, and sound. Korats can have quiet or loud voices, but most will only vocalize when they need your attention.
The Korat is the only domestic cat breed with a heart shaped head. The heart outline can be seen by drawing imaginary lines from the rounded chin to the top of the ears and back to the head. They are also distinguished by their large, sparkling, peridot-green eyes which appear slanted when closed but are full and round when open. Korats range from medium to small, weighing between 6 to 8 pounds for females and 8 to 10 pounds for the males. Though small, Korats are compact and muscular, often feeling heavier than they appear.
The Korat is one of the few breeds to appear in a single color, silver-blue. As Korats mature, the silver tipping becomes more pronounced. Rarely, faint white or grey marks may appear on the coat and while it does not affect the quality of the cat, it does make those cats ineligible for show.