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.

TICA Thai Standard


FIFe - Preliminary STANDARD


The ideal cat is pointed, descended from the natural pointed cats of Thailand.


Medium. Length of body one and half times the height of the legs.

Neck: Medium length and strength.

Muscles, Bones: Medium Boned. Powerful but not heavily built. Heavier in weight than appearance suggests.

Medium depth of chest and flanks.

Legs: Elegant, of medium height. Paws: Oval



Length: At least as long as the body, from the shoulders to the base of the tail. Shape: Tapering to a rounded tip.


Shape, Size: Modified wedge of medium size. Longer than wide, of medium width. Forehead is flat and long. Top slightly curved. Profile shows a very slight dip at the eye level and there is a slight downward curve at the tip of the nose. Cheeks slightly curved inward to where the muzzle begins. Muzzle, Jaws: Medium to slightly long, blunt, wedge-shaped. Chin: Firm, aligned vertically with the nose tip.

Moderately large. Wide at the base with oval tips. Very light furnished. Placement: Medium high. The outer lines of the ears follow the line of the head to the chin.

Moderately large. Oval, Set more than an eye width apart and slightly slanting. Intense deep blue.

Short. Fine, glossy, silky and smooth lying. Slight undercoat.


Refer to the general part of the standard for the pointed varieties.


A deeper body colour is allowed on older cats.


Any other eye colour than deep intense blue. Any white spot. Stop in profile.

Preliminary  FIFe Standard der Thai




Die Thai ist eine mittelgroße bis mäßig große Pointkatze ohne Extreme, harmonisch in Aussehen und Charakter, die von den in Thailand beheimateten Pointkatzen abstammt.

Typ: mittelgroß, robust elegant, gute Muskulatur, mittelstarker Knochenbau, rundliche Statur. Nacken ist mittellang bis kurz, muskulös und kräftig.
Beine: muskulös, in Proportion zum Körper, Hinterbeine etwas höher als Vorderbeine.
Pfoten: mäßig gerundet.
Schwanz: mittellang, etwas breiter an der Basis, spitz zulaufend.


Leichte Keilform, gerundeter Kopf, von keiner Seite flach oder eingefallen, Stirn, Wangen und Profil zeigen kräftige Konturen.
Profil: sanfte, konvexe Kurve. Pinch gilt als Fehler.
Schnauze: sanft gerundet, nicht eckig oder spitz, gut entwickelt, hebt die rundlichen Konturen des Kopfes hervor.

Mittelgroß, breit an der Basis, innen etwas gerundet, seitlich am Kopf platziert, leichte Ohrbüschel erlaubt.

Weit auseinander stehend, mittelgroß, mandelförmig, Oberlid gut gerundet. Augenfarbe: klar, rein, tiefes leuchtendes blau. Schielen führt zur Disqualifikation.

Fest, nicht flach anliegend.

Alle Siamfarben sind zugelassen.
Die Points werden geformt durch Masken an Ohren, Pfoten und Schwanz. Der Rest vom Körper ist bei der perfekten Katze weiß. Weiße Haare in den Points sind nicht gestattet. Eine Maske bedeckt das Gesicht, sie ist rautenförmig. Die obere Spitze weist in Richtung zwischen die Ohren, die untere Spitze unter das Kinn. Die Spitzen liegen alle unter den Ohren. Zwischen den Ohren und der Maske soll ein weißes Band vorhanden sein. Bei der erwachsenen Katze sollen alle Points gleich stark gefärbt sein, ausgenommen die Nase, die dunkler gefärbt ist. Alle Haare sind bis auf die Haut durchgefärbt. Nasenspiegel und Fußsohlen müssen gleichmäßig in Übereinstimmung mit der Pointfarbe ausgefärbt sein.

Bei der Thai sind leichte Schattierungen am Körper, in Übereinstimmung mit der Point-Farbe erlaubt, ebenso eine dunklere Körperfarbe bei älteren Katzen.

Schielen, weiße Flecken, Bauch- und Flankenflecken, Stichelhaare in der Pointfarbe, Knoten am Schwanzende, Geisterzeichnung, fliehendes oder massives Kinn, andere Augenfarbe als Blau, moderner Siamtyp.

WACC Thai Standard




Generelles zu den Standards:
Bei Ausstellungen von EGCA e.V. Vereinen wird in EUROPA generell nach dem FIFe und/oder GCCF Standard gerichtet.
Lediglich für Rassen die bei keiner dieser beiden Organisationen anerkannt sind, bzw. kein Standard vorhanden ist, wird nach den Standards der CFA und/oder TICA Amerika gerichtet.
Für wenige, meist neuen oder seltenen Rassen die noch bei keiner dieser Organisation anerkannt sind, erstellt die EGCA e.V. als erste rechtlich legimitierte und älteste, rein EUROPÄISCH ausgerichtete Dachorganisation eigene Standards

Da die Thai bisher bei CFA, GCCF nicht anerkannt ist, in der FIFe noch im Anerkennungsverfahren steht, wird hier wohl nach TICA Standard gerichtet.

Info zum EGCA Standard





Preserving the characteristics of the Siamese that was shown in championship in late 19th and 20th centuries until the 1960s, the Thai resembles what some called ‘our Grand Ma’s cat’ or ‘traditional Siamese’. The Thai is nowadays

Siamese’s ancestor, and should not look like him in any way. The Thai is alert and chatty, with a great personality.


Foreign in type, the body is medium, very strong but not heavy. The chest is broad and slightly round.

Neck: medium in length, the neck is well-muscled, especially in males.

Legs: rather slender, the legs are in proportion to the body.

Feet: oval, the feet are medium in size.

Tail: medium, wide at the base, tapering to a slightly round tip.



Slightly longer than wide, the head, seen in front, is a modified wedge with rounded contours. Cheeks are rather round in females and can be more developed in males, in a reasonable proportion compared to overall size of the body. The side view consists in two parallel straight lines joined by a slight curve at the eye level.

Muzzle: medium in length, neither pointed nor round, the muzzle gently continuing the wedge. Firm chin.


Wide at the base with rounded tip, the ears are medium in size and set fairly high on the head.

Oval, slightly slanted. A line goes from inner corner, to outer corner of the eye and meets outer base of ear. The colour is as intense as possible.


The coat is short and tight. The fur is close-lying. The texture is fine and silky.


The Thai is a colourpoint cat. There should then be a definite contrast between point colour, as even as possible, and body colour which is even. Lack of ghost markings is preferred, except on tabby cats where they are allowed. The age and the base colour are to be taken into account on the evolution of the colourpoint pattern: points are usually not totally developed on kittens, most of all in dilute colours, whereas darker shades on mature cats are normal.


Colour of eyes can vary from pale to dark blue.


Long, thick or plush coat. Dark areas on the belly and/or the flanks. Lack of pigments in points. Brindling, i.e. presence of white hair in the points. Mask extending to the whole head. Round eyes. Short tail.

Withhold all awards

White spots and lockets. Lack of pigment on paw pads or nose leather. Pronounced stop. Siamese or Tonkinese look. General show penalties and withholdings.

LOOF Thai Standard



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