Perhaps the most striking feature of a Korat cat are those huge green eyes – they are really big and accentuated by a bony crest that goes from one cheek bone and over the eyes to the other cheek. This same crest gives the impression that a Korat has a heart-shaped face. The overall effect is truly beautiful.
And the next thing you notice about the Korat cat is how the light reflects like silver from its grey coat. The Korat has a single coat – there is no undercoat. For this reason the fur lies close to the body and doesn’t shed much. You’ll notice that when you pet a Korat, the fur does not float off. This may be one of the reasons some say a Korat does not cause as many allergic reactions as some other breeds (still, if you are allergic, and consider getting yourself a Korat, do ask the advice of your doctor).
This photo of EP&CH Suchada Chatmanee SaiSoi Kor - "Helmi" to her friends - from FIN*MYTHAI Cattery shows those huge eyes very well - please respect the copyright of the photographer, Milla Talja
And another picture showing those huge eyes beautifully is this picture of Champion Pimai Pra Kwan Jai - she's just gorgeus! This photograph was taken by Outi Niemi at POISON'S (FIFe) / THAIOUT (CFA) KORATS.
Korat’s fur is from short to medium in length and amazingly soft to the touch – the word “silk” has been used. The grey color can vary in lightness, but all shades have the silver tipping. The base of the coat is light in color, then darker in the middle and each hair is silver-tipped. This gives the Korat cat its beautiful sheen – it gives an almost halo-like effect, which is especially visible in the sunlight, and in the areas where the coat is shorter, like the legs and face.
The Thai say that the color of a Korat’s coat is like clouds before a thunder storm, and call the silver tipping “sea foam”. (How beautifully poetic!) And in the US this effect is referred to as the “silver dollar shine”.
Each Korat is born silver blue, and this color remains all though it s life. However, a Korat is a slow-developing breed and this silver tipping becomes more pronounced with age. So, like wine, the Korat gets even better when it gets older.
This picture of Maisa by Outi Niemi from POISON'S (FIFe) / THAIOUT (CFA) KORATS shows that silvery shine beautifully.
A Korat cat should not have any tabby markings in its body. The kittens may have some “ghost tabby” markings, but these should vanish with age.
A Korat cat’s body resembles that of a Siamese – its bone structure is delicate, its head is wedge-shaped and its has very large ears.
One of the Korat’s distinctive features is the heart-shaped head and face – this feature becomes more pronounced when the cat ages. It is said the head has three hearts: first the heart you can trace from chin to ears and back. Then the heart that is formed by the muzzle and the crest around the eyes. And then also the nose – which is slightly heart-shaped. The fur on a Korat’s chest can also be seen to form a heart.
The forehead is flat and large. The profile is well defined and there should be a slight, but clearly visible stop between the nose and forehead. The nose itself has a slight downward curve just above the leather, almost giving a lion-like effect. The nose should not be too short or long, or else the double-heart head does not look right.
The chin and jaw are well developed and give a strong impression.
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