BY A VISITOR
They are cats with unknown ancestors and are crossed with other breeds like the Korat.
Read the TICA registration information published online.http://www.tica.org/members/publications/reg_rules.pdf pages 28 and 29.
All that is required to register a pointed cat as Thai is to have three TICA judge look at it and say it conforms to the standard.
The GCCF allows kittens with one Korat parent to be registered as THAI. They also REQUIRE genetic testing of THAI cats for gangliosidosis a autosomal recessive disease in the breed that causes fatal progressive brain disease.
Siamese are NOT an allowed cross in the TICA or GCCF.
Hi… yes, officially Thai cats are not Siamese cats that is why they are called Thai cats. Thanks for your thoughts by the way.
Someone made up a new breed when it wasn’t needed. It is claimed to be the original Siamese cat. But this is a slightly nonsensical debate.
We know what the original Siamese looked like and what it is. The importation from Siam is well documented.
I don’t think there was a good reason to create the Thai cat, another cat breed that further complicates the Siamese cat. The poor people outside the cat fancy must be terribly confused.
Read lots more on Thai Cats (new window).