Pedigree Cat Breeds - Khao Manee

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Khao Manee History
The roots of the Khao Manee pronounced "Kow Manee", lie, as with all of the great Thai breeds, steeped in history. It is mentioned in the historic Tamra Maew (the Thai book of cat poems - circa 1350-1767) as the Khao Plort (meaning "all white"). The Khao Manee literally translated means "white gem". The Tamra Maew says that "this cat if in any house, it will bring long life and title". For hundreds of years the breed was rigorously protected and only Thai royalty were permitted to breed them. The most devoted royal was King Rama V. The history of the great breeds is still taught in Thai schools.

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Khao Manee Type
The Khao Manee is not a hybrid or a manufactured breed. It is natural and native to Thailand. The breed is distinctively different from its three Thai cousins; the Siamese, Burmese and Korat. It is almost exclusively a pure white cat, although variants are occasionally born. Sometimes white kittens are born with a small darker mark on the top of the head, which has disappeared by around 1 year of age. This is normal. The Khao Manee type is foreign, muscular and lithe. The ears are medium to large, and sit proudly upright. The nose has a gentle curve, almost straight. Body is firm and muscular, with a tail as long as the body. The coat texture is close lying with little undercoat, short although a little longer than its Burmese cousin.

The eye colour is the most distinctive attribute of this beautiful cat, and can be anything from blue, to amber, yellow or green, or a mixture of blue and any of the other colours. In Thailand the odd-eyed Khao Manee is considered to be the best, and is often given as a good luck cat, although any of these colours is acceptable.

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The personality of the Khao Manee is as the other Thai breeds, outgoing, friendly, extremely intelligent and people loving. They are very much "lap cats".

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There is now a cat club for admirers of the Khao Manee. Based in the UK, but also open to international members. The web address is

Khao Manee Breeders in the UK...
Mrs Chrissy Russell (Ayshazen Cats)
Mrs Tina Turner (Kinabalu Cats) (from September 2009)

*Breed standards may vary according to cat governing body

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