This breed was developed in Thailand hundreds of years ago, and Khao Manee fanciers consider this breed to be the original royal cat of Siam. These cats were guarded fiercely in Siam, and only the royalty can own the breed. It wasn’t until 1999 that individuals of this breed left Thailand. Colleen Freymuth is the first to take care for the breed in U.S. She began a breeding program for the Khao Manee, which is still considered a rare breed in the country. Until today, the breed is not yet recognized by any U.S. cat registries.
Khao Manees are born with a pure white coat. They may have two blue eyes, or just one eye that is blue with the other either amber or green.
Friendly, outgoing cats, Khao Manees get along well with children and other pets. These intelligent cats require stimulation to stay happy. Being closely related to the Siamese breed, they are also vocal. Some Khao Manee are deaf or partially deaf, a characteristic that often comes with a white coat and blue eyes.