Thailand is home to an incredible race of cats with distinctive looks and fantastic personalities. In Thailand, it is one breed, that comes in different colors. Depending on their color, they are called Wichienmaat (Siamese), Thong Daeng (Burmese or Tonkinese), Suphalak, or Korat. The Thai Cat Center Burmese/Siamese/Tonkinese Cats and The Thai Cat Center imported Thai Cats
These phenomenal pets come in a kaleidoscope of colors, black, brown, pointed, tan, tortoise shell, white, to name a few. Their eyes can be yellow, green, or blue. Though they come in a rainbow of colors, they have one thing in common; a people oriented personality that makes them the most ideal pet. The coat and eye color may vary, but the dog like disposition does not!
These cats have been around for a long time. In Thailand, the breeds have existed for at least 1000 years, and the are still going strong. From the most ancient day they were considered a lucky cat, and, a pet that brought good tidings to those fortunate enough to possess one.
The hallmark of these cats is its extraordinary personality. They are best described as COGS, dog like cats. They are a dog minus the walk. Indeed, they go for walks, ride in the car, play fetch, will take the elevator to go with you to collect the mail, and are hopelessly obsessed with their owner. In this way, they are most unlike the aloof European cat. Anyone who has had a Thai cat will tell you, if you want a companion, get a Thai cat. They provide the best pets services around.
At the Thai Cat Center, located near Washington, DC, we import and breed the cats of Thailand, as they can be found in Thailand. If you are interested in a real Thai cat, you have found the right place.
When one says that Thai cats come in every color under the sun, it really is the truth. In the west people are accustomed to "Siamese" cats with blue eyes, "Burmese" cats with gold eyes, and "Tonkinese" with aqua eyes. They are accustomed to "Burmese" and "Siamese" cats that come in four flavors, dark brown (sable, natural or seal), light brown (champagne or chocolate), dark grey (blue), and light grey (platinum or lilac). The original cats from Thailand do come in these well recognized colors, but, they also come in a much wider variety of coat colors, eye colors, and combinations of coat and eye colors. Have a look at all the beautiful cats that can be found in Thailand.
In the west, the Tonkinese breed was created by cross breeding American Siamese and American Burmese cats and represent an intermediary between the two breeds. In Thailand, this in-between color is common and naturally occurring and is also known as a Thong Daeng. They are somewhere between the dark brown Thong Daeng and the lighter Wichienmaat. This is perhaps the most common Thai cat color and the color you are most likely to encounter on the streets of Thailand.
The tortoise shell patten is a naturally occurring color in the
Thai cat. They come in a variety of shades, some darker
and some lighter, they have points, and can have eyes that
range from blue to aqua to gold. The Tortie is perhaps one
of the most exotic looking of the color varieties, no two cats
have the same appearance. In addition, there are cats that
display a wild collection of traits, such as spots and points
and blue eyes or tabby patterns with points. These cats do
not fit into the western system of cat classification, but, they
are no less Thai or beautiful.
In Thailand, the color we associate with sable Burmese are known as Thong Daeng. These cats are rich brown, and can have blue, green, or yellow eyes. The coat color ranges from milk chocolate to the near black of dark chocolate. The rich colors always act as a perfect frame for the lighter eyes.
In Thailand, the Thai cats with points and blue eyes are known as Wichienmaat. They can have brown, blue or tortie points, and have eyes that range from chalky blue, to sky blue, to almost violet.
The Korat is a blue grey cat and is a rather rare cat in Thailand. Thai cats usually pick their mates, and, a pair of recessive genes is required to produce this blue grey cat. Naturally, not many appear in litters. When one sees a Thai Korat for the first time, the depth of the coat color is the first thing that catches the eye. The eyes are usually yellow or green, though both can be found in the streets of Thailand. The Thai Korat has a long muzzle and sleek physique and ultra short coat. Whether yellow or green eyed, the Korat type Thai cat is stunning. Occasionally Lighter kittens can be found in a litter of Korats, and, these are called Thai Lilacs or Platinums.
In Thailand, a black Thai cat is known as a Konja, or in some instances a Ninlarat. These black cats have the characteristic oriental physique and often have gold or emerald green eyes. They have an unusually black coat that is such a saturated color it almost shines. When you see a Konja for the first time, one immediately thinks of a panther! Black as night with eyes that almost glow in the dark. Some call these cats the Thai Bombay, as the Konja shares a similar coat and eye color.
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The Suphalak is very rare in Thailand, perhaps the most rare of the Thai cat colors. The hallmark of this color is a rich brown coat, just as dark on its body as on its paws, nose, and tail. This cat is as brown as the Konja is black and Korat is grey. In the Thai sun, the coat develops an almost red cast, though in less severe light, the coat remains a more solid brown. The cat is similar in color western Havana breed, but, retains an oriental physique.