This article is from the Korats Breed FAQ, by Dennis Ganoe firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The Korat is an ancient cat from Siam (now Thailand) that is written
of in the "The Cat-Book Poems." This book was written between 1350 and
1767 AD. The Korat is known as the Si-Sawat cat in its native country
and the Korat name was originated when King Rama V of Siam was
presented with the cat. He asked what kind of cat it was and was told
it came from Korat, a high plateau in northeast Thailand. It is known
as the good-luck cat of Thailand and a pair of Korats are often given
to brides on their wedding day to ensure a happy marriage. Korats are
rarely sold in Thailand, but given to people held in high esteem.
The first Korat to be exhibited was probably in England in the late
19th century. It was entered as a Siamese because that is where the
owner obtained it. It was listed as a solid blue and descriptions of
that judging still exist today. The first modern Korats were
introduced to the U.S. by Mrs Jean Johnson in 1959. Her husband
retired from the foreign service in Thailand and they were presented
with a pair of Korats as gifts when they returned to the United
States. Since that introduction, many additional Korats have been
imported and every Korat can trace its ancestry back to Korats living
or have lived in Thailand. This why the Korat is sometimes referred to
as the Silver-blue cat with the Thai passport.
Shortly after the Korat arrived in the United States the Korat Cat
Fanciers Association was formed. It is a non-affiliated international
club dedicated to the protection and development of the Korat. This
club was instrumental in getting the Korat recognized in all
associations and helps ensure that the standards for the Korat remain
virtually the same in all associations.