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.
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.