Standard du Thaï pour la TICA


HEAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 points

Shape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Profile and nose. . . . . . . . 5

Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Ears.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Muzzle and chin. . . . . . . . 7

Neck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

BODY.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 points

Torso. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Legs and feet. . . . . . . . . . 8

Tail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Boning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Musculature.. . . . . . . . . . . 4

COAT/COLOR/PATTERN. . . . 20 points

Texture and length. . . . . 15

Color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

CATEGORY: Pointed.

DIVISIONS: Solid, Tabby, and Tortie.




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


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

degrees from vertical). Allow for very

light furnishings.

Muzzle: Medium to slightly long.

Wedge-shaped: like a tapering garden

spade with a rounded end. Little or no

whisker break. Medium-boned.

Chin: Neither weak nor too

prominent, aligned vertically with the


Neck: Medium length, neither thin

nor overly muscular.


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 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

weighs about as much as, or slightly

more than, one would predict visually.


Texture: Silky; very little undercoat.

Not a “painted on” coat, but definitely


Length: Very short to short.

Body Color: Preferably a very pale

off-white. Evenness of the body color

and contrast with the points are more

important than extreme whiteness.

Point Color: Appropriate for color

class, dense and even. Mask, ears, feet

and tail should match in color.


of this breed is a medium to slightly large,

pointed cat of foreign type, descended

from and resembling the indigenous

pointed cats of Thailand. The Thai is

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intended to be both the living equivalent

of the original “Wichien-maat” of ancient

Siam and the “marten-faced” Siamese of

early 20 century America and Europe. It th

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, Siamese

of the moderate, early 20th century type.

In the 1980s, the first breed clubs

dedicated to these cats were established

in the United States and Europe. In

2001, breeders began 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

Southeast Asia’s native race of cats while

they are still distinct from Western cats.

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.

ALLOWANCE: Incomplete point color

and mask in kittens and young adults up

to 12 months. Slight tabby markings on

the body of lynx 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.

PENALIZE: Genuinely round eyes.

Extreme oriental eyes. Blunt or pointy

muzzle. Narrow 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.


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. Eye color other than


DISQUALIFICATION: 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.

In accordance with Show Rules, ARTICLE

SIXTEEN, the following shall be considered

mandatory disqualifications: a cat that

bites (216.9), a cat showing evidence of intent

to deceive (216.10), adult whole male cats not

having two descended testicles (216.11), cats

with all or part of the tail missing , except as

authorized by a Board approved standard

(216.12.1), cats with more than five toes on

each front foot and four toes on each back

foot, unless proved the result of an injury or as

authorized by a Board approved standard

(216.12.2), visible or invisible tail faults if

Board approved standard requires

disqualification (216.12.4), crossed eyes if

Board approved standard requires

disqualification (216.12.5), total blindness

(216.12.6), markedly smaller size, not in

keeping with the breed (216.12.9), and

depression of the sternum or unusually small

diameter of the rib cage itself (

See Show Rules, ARTICLE SIXTEEN for more

comprehensive rules governing penalties and


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