January 17, 2021

The White Cat of Thailand

 The Khao Manee is an ancient cat breed in Thailand that dates back hundreds of years and like other breeds from Thailand was bred by the Royal family.

 

Well known in Thailand, this beauty has been unknown in the West until fairly recently.  TICA accepted the Khao Manee for Registration Only status in May 2009 and in September 2011 moved to the next step in gaining full breed recognition, Preliminary New Breed, effective May 2012.

The Khao Manee sport a solid white shiny coat, athletic build, and hypnotic eyes that may be  blue , gold, green, brown  or odd-eyes, (each a different color).   Eyes of different colors are more prevalent in  common white cats and white pure breds.  This is a feline form of complete heterochromia, a condition that occurs in some other animals, including humans.

The Khao Manee has a heart-shaped head with  high cheekbones and jewel-like eyes. Their personality is  curious and intelligent- and like other breeds of the Siam, they are interactive and may enjoy playing fetch!

 

 

 

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