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The Thai is one of the most ancient breeds in the world and shares the same origin of other famous breeds from Thailand, the Burmese and the Korat. As a matter of fact, all of them start from the same genetic root and diverge according to their coat colour, thus giving birth to phenotypically different breeds once moved to the West world. The Thai conserves all original traits of the original “cat from Siam”.


Mother land is Thailand, from which they also take the name. In the Tamra Maew manuscript in Bangkok a pointed cat described as Wichianmaad (moon diamond) is pictured among the “good luck” cats and most likely, and according to the legends that surround the breed, it is the foundation of the Thai. The breed arrived in Europe around 1880s and the breeding selection caused a very clear division between what would have become the “modern Siamese” and the original Royal cat of Siam. Thanks to the breeders community, Thais retained a standard for themselves and are now recognised by all major cat associations, by FIFe since 2017.


Thai is a pointed breed, with a short coat recognized in the “basic” natural colours (black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red and torties) plus their tabby varieties. They are medium in size and bone structure, well-muscled and heavier that what they may look like. Their head is a modified wedge, longer than wide and carrying moderately large ears. Eyes are oval, quite large and of an intense deep blue colour.


Thais are gentle cats and have a very strong bond with their families. They are very talkative but not as much as other breeds can be. Sure, they express their feelings quite clear, when they feel necessary. Always present during the everyday life of the owner, the Thai loves to be involved and to learn tricks. This breed is extremely intelligent and sensitive and make excellent companions for children and other pets.

Breed Standard
Last modification of the Standard: 2018