The probable first allusion to the breed is in the Thai The Cat-Book Poems, authored between 1350 and 1767 CE and now in the National Library of Thailand. Korats first appeared in Britain under the name "Blue Siamese" in 1889 and 1896, but these solid blue cats did not conform to the cat show judges' perception of a Siamese cat, and they disappeared by 1901. Korats first appeared in the US in the 1950s. In 1959, Cedar Glen cattery was the first to import a pair of Korats to the US for breeding: a male named Nara and a female named Darra. In 1966, the Korat was accepted into championship status, through the efforts of a breeder from Maryland.
The Korat is a natural breed and one of the oldest stable cat breeds. Originating in Phimai Thailand, it is named after its province of origin. In Thailand, the breed is known as Si sawat, meaning "colour of the sawat seed". The Korat is known colloquially as the "good luck cat". Traditionally, they are given in pairs to newlyweds or people who are highly esteemed, for good luck. Until recently, Korats were not sold, but only given as gifts.
Medium size cat weighing 3.5 to 5 kilo
They are social, playful, and full of life, but not bouncing-off-the-walls hyper. They are also reported to possess high intelligence. Korats are fetchers of tossed toys and whose favourite game is the one in which you take an active part. Korats crave affection from their humans, and will scheme to gain possession of your lap, your arms, and your heart.
The Korat has a slate blue-grey coat.