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Khao Manee Cats

Khao Manee cat lying against a white background A pretty Khao Manee cat with one yellow eye and one blue eye A Khao Manee cat with its odd coloured eyes Khao Manee cat lying on a tiled floor Khao Manee cat out on the road Close up of head and shoulders of a Khao Manee cat


The Khao Manee cat originates in Thailand and has remained a well-kept secret which is why so few people have heard of it. The Khao Manee is referenced in an ancient collection of Thai cat poems called the Tamra Maew which dates back to 1350 although in that text it is called the Khao Plort.

While the eyes were originally referred to as the color of mercury, the eye color was changed to reflect the odd-eyed cats that were considered lucky.

In 1999 Colleen Freymuth imported the first Khao Manee, a female cat called Sripia, from Thailand to the USA which created a spark of interest in the Western world. She also imported a male and bred the first Khao Manee litter in North America.

A breeder called Janet Poulsen exported the first Khao Manee to the UK and interest in the breed is growing as breeders have begun importing directly from Thailand to continue developing the breed. TICA accepted the Khao Manee for Registration Only status in May 2009 and in May 2012 the Khao Manee Preliminary New Breed, since May 2012.


As a breed the Khao Manee cats love human interaction and are loyal to their owners. They enjoy taking on the role of the house doorman and will welcome any guests to the house. When there are no strangers about the Khao Manee will curl up on your lap and enjoy a nice cuddle. These are intelligent cats who are always curious to explore their surroundings or play a game.


All must be an even, snowy white

Breed Details

  • Status: Rare
  • Place of Origin: Thailand
  • Rough date of Origin: 14th Century
  • Hair length: Shorthair
  • Activity Level: High
  • Vocalness: Medium
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Playfull
  • Grooming Requirements: Less than once per week
  • Weight: 2.5 - 5.5kg
  • Size: Medium
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: Outdoor Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
  • Social Needs:

Khao Manee Pictures

Cat in basket
White Cat
a white cat in a garden stood on a stone
A white cat laying on the sofa
White Cat
Cat sitting on bench
Cat laying on chair
A white cat walking through the branches of a tree
a small white kitten lying on a blanket next to an animal bed
a white cat with hectochromia, one green eye and one blue eye
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Khao manee
Khao manee female and male (back)
Khao manee

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