Korat or British Shorthair?

by David
(Tarpon Springs, FL)

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My wife and kids gave me a lovely grey and white male kitten last year for father's day, I gave it the name "Dorian Grey" due to his beauty but really mischievous but not destructive behavior.

He loves to sit next to us wherever we are but never on our laps and he usually likes to be touched for short periods of time then he would move away.

I can't find anything conclusive on the breed so I turn to the experts so please check the attach pictures to help me with the breed.

I always loved cats but my wife always had her doubts, now she loves him more than I do! He is vocal only when he wants something (food/water) otherwise he is very quiet. His coat is extremely soft but barely sheds any hairs.


Hi David.. thanks for visiting. You have a very handsome cat companion and a fine member of the family.

There is no doubt that your cat is neither a Korat nor a British Shorthair but a random bred cat or what people refer to as a mixed breed cat.

That is not in any way to suggest that he is a lesser cat than a purebred cat - the opposite could be argued in fact.

My article on "What Breed is My Cat" will probably tell you why I make this assessment.

On a visual assessment only, your cat cannot be a Korat as they are grey all over (blue in cat fancy language or more accurately: dilute black). There are four grey cat breeds incidentally.

The British Shorthair is more stocky (cobby) with a square face so that rules out this breed. The blue Brit SH is one of the most common and best loved coats for this breed.

Thanks again for sharing.

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Nov 05, 2010
Dorian Grey
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi David. What an handsome looking boy he is - and that white stripe on his nose is very special. Many tuxedo cat's have white noses, but I don't ever recall seeing such a thin white line.

As Michael says, he is most likely a mix and what is in him is impossible to tell, but his headshape at least points towards South-East Asia.
I know very little about Korats, but judging from pictures here on the site, some of them have a similar headshape, so I see what you mean.
I don't believe Korats to be very common, so a Siamese grandparent is far more likely. But Dorian only got the shape, not the mask and voice. Colours and everything else is probably domestic shorthair.
He sounds like a real good cat, and by winning over your wife as you say he did, he shows he is a smart one too. 🙂

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Nov 05, 2010
Dorian Grey
by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

What a handsome cat you have! Just looking at the photo of him in the sink, you can tell he's up to no good...in a nice way. Glad to hear your wife's become a believer too! Enjoy!

Nov 03, 2010
by: David G

I was thinking the same about the mix breed part since it does not hold a very specific type of look; but sometime ago one of my co-workers from our corporate office in Portland, OH showed me a picture of his cat and it was exactly like mine! so I started thinking maybe he is a specific breed and not a mix. Thanks for the comments and help, either way we love our cats the same 😀

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    • Anna, I’d say that your cat is a beautiful grey and white random bred cat. That is the most likely answer. This is because if she was purebred you’d probably know about it. They’d be a history and pedigree etc..

      Thanks for showing us.

  1. Hi David. Dorian’s possible brother is here. His name was originally Dorian but we now call him “Doge”.. we have the same doubts as you.

  2. I believe its a korat too I have one that looks exactly like yours except for the white on the nose. ours sleeps with us and is vary smart gentle and sweet she doesn’t even use out furniture as scratching posts, just the rugs

  3. Notwithstanding the above comments, I believe it is possible your cat is a korat, or part korat. In addition to the lovely grey-blue fur, there is also documentation that some korats appear with white markings, that breeders and purists (what do they know?!!)consider to be “flaws.” I had a deep grey-blue barn cat with virtually identical markings to your cat (including the white “sneakers” and the sliver of white between the eyes), who died last week, which is why the photo of your cat moved me so deeply. He was a very special cat. Several months ago, he fathered a litter of kittens–one of them is entirely blue gray with startling green eyes, and looks exactly like a classic korat. Another one looks like a perfect little traditional apple-head Siamese; on further research, I found that korat litters occasionally include a “Thai blue point,” which looks like a traditional Siamese. So, our cats may not be “pure bred,” but they seem to carry some remarkable genes–and I think Korat is a very reasonable guess,in light of the litter that sprung from your cat’s apparent identical twin.


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