The ideal cat of this breed is a medium to slightly large, pointed cat of foreign type, descended from and resembling the indigenous pointed cat of Thailand. The Thai is intended to be both the living equivalent of the “Wichien-maat” of ancient Siam and the “Marten-faced” Siamese of early 20th century in America and Europe. It cannot be stated enough that the Thai should not be extreme in any way, but its appearance and personality should reflect its Thailand heritage. The Thai is not, and should not resemble, a native Western breed. The breed began in the 1950s, when breeders scattered around the world chose to breed, or sometimes unwittingly continued to breed, Siameses of the moderate, early 20th century type. In the 1980s the first breed club dedicated to these cat were established in the United States and Europe. In 2001, breeders began to importing indigenous pointed cats from Thailand, in a conscious effort to expand and preserve a healthy gene pool for the Thai breed as well as to preserve the genes of The Southeast Asia’s native race of cats while They are still distinct from Western cats. e in Europa. The trademark of the Thai breed is the unique head shape, a laterally rounded upper head from which projects a distinctly wedge-shaped muzzle. In keeping with the Thai’s roots in tropical Thailand another important feature is the breed’s very short coat, first clearly described in the West by Harrison Weir in 1889. The Thai is a well-balanced cat without any extremes, in harmony in appearance and character.


TORSO: Moderately long, lithe and graceful like a small panther. Well-toned, but neither tubular nor compact. High enough on legs for desired foreign type. Underbelly is mostly level and parallel to the ground and firm. However, a slight amount of loose skin on the underbelly below the flank is permissible.

LEGS: Medium length, graceful in form, but not coarse.

FEET: Oval shape, medium size, in proportion to the cat.

TAIL: As long as the torso, tapering gradually to the tip.

BONING: Medium, graceful, neither refined nor coarse.

MUSCULATURE: Firm, but lithe, not meaty or dense. When picked up, cat weight is as much as, or slightly more than, one would predict visually.


SHAPE: Modified wedge, medium width, with rounded cheeks and tapering muzzle. Head is longer than wide, but not extreme or narrow. Cheekbones curve inward to where the muzzle begins. Muzzle is wedge shaped, but rounded on the end like a tapering garden spade. Forehead is flat and long.

PROFILE/NOSE: Nearly straight but with a slight downhill slope starting just above the eyes and ending just below the eyes. In profile, nose may be straight or slightly convex.

EYES: Medium to slightly large, a very full almond shape, not oriental. Set slightly more than an eye width apart. A line from inner corner through outer corner of eye meets outer base of ear.

EYE COLOR: Blue, deep blue shades preferred. Brilliance and luminosity are more important than depth of color

EARS: Medium in size to slightly large, wide at the base, oval tips. Tip of ears point outward at an angle slightly closer to the top than side of the head (35° from vertical). Allowed a very light furnishing .

MUZZLE: Medium to slightly long. Wedge-shaped like a tapering garden spade with a rounded end little or no whiskers break. Medium boned.

CHIN: Neither weak nor too prominent, aligned vertically with the nose.

NECK: Medium length, neither thin nor overly muscled.

Coat/ Color/ Pattern:

TEXTURE: Silky, very little undercoat. Not a “painted on” coat, but definitely close-lying

LENGHT: Very short to short.

BODY COLOR: Preferably a very pale off white. Evenness of the body color and contrast with the points is more important than extreme whiteness.

POINT COLOR: Appropriate for color class, dense and even. Mask, ears, feet and tail should match color.

Incomplete point’s color and mask in kittens and young adults up to 12 months. Slight point Tabby markings on the body of lynks points as long as there is a good contrast to the points. Darker body shading in older cats as long as there is still a definite contrast between body and points. Stud jowls in males Females tend to be smaller, slightly finer boned, and less muscular than males.

Genuinely round eyes. Extreme oriental eyes. Blunt or pointy muzzle. Narrows upper head. Small ears, very large ears or ears set low (closer to the side of the head than the top). Compact body or distinctly tubular body. Whippy tail. Excess undercoat (plush coat). Ghost markings in non-agouti adult cats.

Withhold all awards (WW):
Pronounced stop in profile. Pronounced convex Forehead. Distinct ear tufts. Fluffy fur with dense undercoat (“teddy bear” coat). Cobby body. Obesity. White lockets and buttons, white toes and feet (including paw pads), patches of white in the points. Eyes color others than blue.

Visible tail fault. Crossed eyes, visible protrusion of the cartilage at the end of the sternum ( xiphoid process). Temperament must be unchallenging, any sign of definite challenge shall disqualify. The cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally complain aloud but may not threaten to harm.

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