My cattery

It was never really my intention to breed when I got my first Korat, Sawat's Kirilin. I just wanted a Korat I could take to shows, since my housecat, Victor, didn't like that scene.
I chose the Korat for its beautiful, soft, rounded lines without extremes. I didn*t get to know the temper till later, and then I found it suited me well. Adoring and adorable, loving, playful, always inventing new games, demanding, mild, sometimes talkative, sometimes tyrannical - all words that fit any Korat. "A mild will of iron" is also a suitable way to characterise the Korat.

When I had my first litter of 4 lovely girls, which breeders in Europe were impressed by, I started thinking of trying again. It had been the first litter for the male and the female - and for me! Others expected me to try again, but I wasn't sure. The Danish public weren't so enthusiastic about the Korat - it looked too much like a Russian Blue, which is a very well-established breed in Denmark. It was difficult to sell kittens to non-breeders - I didn't know enough about the Korat to guide any interested kitten buyers correctly about temper, activity level, vocality and how Korats were with children. Kitty is so sweet and easy that I thought all Korats were like her. I was getting reports back that my kittens were tyrants and screamed all the time. I couldn't understand this, they never were like that here. ( Only one of them and she was still living with me - I was going to try to keep her, since she was the best one of the ones left, according to Outi Niemi from Finland when she was down to see them and chose the sister. She ended up moving to Donatella Mastrangelo in Italy, because she picked a "power-fight" with Kitty - Kitty is never moving!) It was difficult to give good and useful advice, because I didn't know a lot about the true temper of the Korat and didn't really know much about cats. I made many mistakes, which I have tried to correct later.

Well, the year after, when all the kittens were sold, I started to miss the extra bustle. I started looking for a suitable and good stud - it wasn't easy, since many Korats in Europe are related. I didn't want to compromise with the quality either - the stud had to have some of the things Kitty didn't: green eyes, short (but not too short) nose, silversheen, good fur quality - I had realised that Kitty actually wasn't a very good Korat for shows, but with a good stud she was an excellent breeding cat. I chose a young male in Finland - it was his first mating. The result was 5 kittens - 2 males and 3 females. This litter taught me a lot about the development of the Korat. Typewise, all 5 were very different - and born dark, almost without silversheen. With age, the boys developed the best silversheen, one of the girls had a wonderful expression with enormous round eyes in a lovely face, the other girl never really became anything special ( she had a bald birthmark on her one shoulder, was spayed and sold as a pet) - the last girl stayed with me, mostly because of the temper at first. It turns out I made a wise choice, though - Primprau's Blue Emerald (Emmy to friends) - has developed into a lovely lady, even though she could have more silversheen and bigger eyes. I am very proud of Emmy. Emmy's brother, Primprau's Blue Comet, is sold to Martin Jebasinsky in Germany. The 3 others have found lovely pet homes in Denmark and Germany.

It took a while to sell 4 kittens. I needed time to recuperate after having 5 kittens in a two-room apartment - it was almost too lively for such little space. Boy kittens create more bustle in a litter, than a litter only consisting of girls.

Primprau's Puying MaigaePrimprau's Puying Maigae

I decided that Kitty should have one last litter before being spayed. It was to be with the same stud as the first litter. It was a good litter, which I was starting to regret I hadn't kept a kitten from. The stud now lived in Norway, so I had to get Kitty ready for the import to Norway. When that was ready, she left. The result of this mating was 2 lovely males. One went to Jean-Pierre Batallie in Belgium. The other is going to mate Emmy and then move to a great family with two children here in Denmark.

Maybe the public is starting to be interested in the smaller and less known breeds in Denmark. This family who has bought Primprau's No Challenge Too Great (Charlie to friends) saw him for the first time as a 3 week old kitten - small and unimpressive. They wanted a Korat, because it was beautiful, and since they had decided to BUY a cat it must be something special. They had read about many breeds and seen pictures, but there is not so much to read or see about the Korat. They found my cattery ad in an old cat magazine and called me. They brought their son along, as I suggested, to see how my adult cats would react. They were impressed by Emmy - her looks, her temper and curiosity towards their child. But they wanted an adult - it wouldnąt be scared as easily by lively children, they argued. I only had two 3 week old kittens - Emmy was not an issue, she's staying here! Sometimes it pays off to be cheeky and take chances - I liked this family a lot and their ideas about living with a cat - actually only one kitten was for sale, as I was planning to keep the other to mate with Emmy and show as a neuter.

Then I had a bright moment - could they wait till the kitten had mated Emmy and had been neutered? Could I borrow him for shows once in a while, if he had the right temper for it and did well? They were interested in waiting and couldn't see anything wrong with me borrowing him for a show once in a while. We agreed that that was how it was going to be, but that they should take time to think things through before making a final commitment, since the kittens were just 3 weeks old. Many things could happen. The family returned about a month after and fell in love with one of the kittens - luckily, it was also the one I ended up keeping because of the temper, the looks were also super. The family and Charlie meet about once a month in the family's home - everything runs smoothly. They haven't regretted their choice and are now waiting impatiently to get him. When I was contacted by a Belgian breeder, Jean-Pierre Batallie, looking for a stud I took the chance and offered him the other kitten - Primprau's Wait, Watch and Win. After seeing the pedigree and the kitten had been at his first show, he and his wife drove up from Belgium to pick up the kitten. They were overjoyed with the one they got, who was very beautiful and promising with a slightly timid character. He has done very well at the Belgian shows he has been to.

I expect a lot from Emmy as a breeding female - she has many good qualities, which I hope she can pass on to future generations.

For me, it is first and foremost important to breed healthy cats with a good temper, at home (let's face it - that is where they are most of the time) and at shows. Then comes the type - I would like to go back to the "classic" Korat with a short, medium blue coat with silver tipping, a heart shaped head (not too long, not too short, not too broad) with large, round, (deep-set), luminous green eyes and upright alert ears placed on a compact and supple, muscular body with compact, but still elegant, legs with elegant oval paws.

Not all judges know these Korat qualities and the harmony between them - they judge by the "easy" things - silver sheen and green eyes. The judges who have understood the Korat judge by the "look" - the harmony, which is the vitally important characteristic of a good Korat.


UPDATES of 2001

A long time has passed since I wrote this page and many things have happened.
Emmy has had 3 litters before being neutered:

One of her sons from the first mating, Primprau's Starcrossed Chance, is now stud at Jen Lacey's cattery, Jenanca Korats, in UK.
One of her daughters from the second mating, Primprau's Suay Kanchanaburi, was to be my future queen, but things turned out differently. Buri and Emmy didn't get along, so Buri had to be seperated until a better solution was found. Buri was mated to Anéas av Kalhammaren as well and had two beautiful sons. One is my future stud - Primprau's Silver Tamruat.
After this litter, I decided things had to change - Buri had to move. She wasn't happy with me and my many female cats. A new breeder in Italy was looking for a female for his stud - I offered him Buri and he accepted. Buri was mated once again to Anéas and sent off to Italy. This time she had 4 kittens - one male Korat, two female Korats, and a bluepoint female. This came as a surprise to quite a few...
In the meantime, I imported two new females to have some new lines to work with. Both females are from lines I have been wanting to work with for some time. Pimai Wan Nang Sai from Elfi Kleive in Norway and Chumaki Thaiprincess from Isobel Hotten in UK. Unfortunately Nang Sai will not be breeding after all, so I am really looking forward to seeing what Princess and Tamruat can produce.



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