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Mandalay Cats

Shiny Mandalay cat sitting on some decking Mandalay cat close up against a yellow background Mandalay cat sitting in a garden Mandalay cat curled up on carpet

Breed Rating (3 Reviews)



The Mandalay breed is a little known breed that originated in New Zealand some time in the 1980s. Two New Zealand breeders are credited with its creation which involved matings between Burmese cats and non - pedigree domestic cats. The matings produced promising kittens who kept the Burmese look in terms of eyes, musculature and shape but the colours on the Mandalay appear darker, eg the Seal (brown) of the Burmese becomes Black. The Mandalay is a recognised breed by the New Zealand Cat Fanciers.


The Mandalay shares the same temperament as the Burmese. They are a very friendly, sweet natured cat who thrive off attention. They can be very vocal much like their Burmese relatives. Mandalay cats can be attention seeking and will become lonely if left by themselves for too long. This is a great pet for a family as they get along brilliantly with children and are very tolerant. These cats are full of character and life with them will never be dull.


Always solid coloured

Breed Details

  • Status: Rare
  • Place of Origin: New Zealand
  • Rough date of Origin: 1980s
  • Hair length: Shorthair
  • Activity Level: High
  • Vocalness: Medium
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Playfull
  • Grooming Requirements: Once a week
  • Weight: 3.5 - 6.5kg
  • Size: Medium
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: Outdoor Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
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Mandalay Pictures

A pretty manfalay cat lying on a cat bed.
My mandalay in nz, called ming (the merciless!)

Latest Reviews For Mandalay (3 of 3)

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Stunning mandaly - Maria,

Serena is the most beautiful cat With brown satin fur and gorgeous big amber eyes. She is an inside cat. She has a beautiful temperament. She craves attention to be near me all the time and loves to lay on my chest.

- Nayotayo,

My kitten Kovu is just gorgeous to look at. He loves to play for hours and I have even trained him to do tricks. He's very verbal and affectionate.

Best breed in the world! - Stuart,

The photo here is of my cat called Ming Li. She has the most perfect facial bone structure, and a very athletic, slim appearance, with very long back legs. When she talks, it sounds like a human baby. She is very affectionate, and has attached herself to me, much to the annoyance of my wife, who feeds her! She follows me around the garden, and will even fetch sticks if she's in the mood! She really is the perfect cat, and I wish breeders in the UK would start to breed this fantastic strain!