Korats have many characteristics that together distinguish them as a breed. Here are just a few of Korat characteristics which are sought at Cat Shows.
- Head – The Korat should have a heart-shaped head and face when viewed from the front. The forehead should be large and flat.
- Nose – The nose has a downward curve just above the nose leather and the required stop should be easily seen in profile.
- Chin – Chin and jaw should be strong and well developed, completing the heart-shaped head.
- Eyes – The eyes size and prominence is a particular feature of the breed. The eyes should be bright and almost over large, with a green luminosity as though lit from within.
- Body – This is a cat that is lightweight in appearance, but unexpectedly heavy when picked up. The body should be supple and well muscled with the feeling of hidden power.
- Coat – The coat should be short to medium in length, glossy and close-lying is the ideal.
- Colour – The coat colour should be very well tipped with silver. It is the tipping that is of primary importance. The coat should be free from patchiness or tabby markings. The lightness or darkness of the colour can vary. It is the graduation from root to tip that produces the required silvery sheen.
As a final Note, Jean Johnson first introduced Korats to the US in 1959. She had lived in Thailand, where she first encountered the breed. Her first pair were named Nara (male) and Dara (female).