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Khao Manee (Face, Look)
Face, Look

Breed Information


2018: #32

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Name Khao Manee
Other names Khao Plort (all white), Diamond Eye, White Cat of Thailand
Origin Thailand
Size Small to Medium

Short Hair

Silky and Very dense

Lap Cat Yes
Life span 10-12 years








7 - 11 pounds



Almost all cats of the breed have the same white coat. Black subjects have already been found, but they are not recognized by breed criteria.

Kitten Prices

Average $5000 - $10000 USD

The Khao Manee is a cat of pure Thai origin, They are very rare outside of Thailand. Because of their rareness and the cost of importing, a Khao Manee kitten from a reputable breeder can set you back somewhere between $7,000–$11,000. The Khao Manee is one of the top 10 most expensive cat breeds in the world.

Breed Characteristics


4 stars

Affection Level

4 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good With Others: While this breed is not widely recognised as one of the best breeds for children, all cats are different and with the proper familiarisation may still be able to live with children.

Dog Friendly

4 stars

Energy Level

3 stars


2 stars

Low Maintenance: The Khao Manee is a low maintenance cat that requires only minimal grooming. As with all cats, this breed needs regular vaccinations, parasite control and annual health checks.

Health Issues

1 stars

Hypoallergenic: No Generally Healthy: The breed is regarded as generally healthy but, because it has existed in the West for such a short space of time, the verdict is by no means conclusive.


5 stars


2 stars

Minimal Shedding: Since they have almost no undercoat, they shed very little.

Social Needs

4 stars

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


5 stars

Frequent Vocalization: But the main characteristic of this cat is their meowing. Known to be very talkative, the sound they emit when they meow is often quite surprising.

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Khao Manee Kitten (Face, Standing)
Face, Standing

Kitten Names

Rank Male Female
01 Jack Luna
02 Milo Chloe
03 Coco Daisy
04 Loki Penny
05 Felix Molly
06 Oliver Daisy
07 Charlie Abby
08 Toby Alice
09 Oreo Maggie
10 Bailey Angel
100 Cute Kitten Names ›


The Khao Manee (pronounced Cow Maneee) is a rare breed of cat originating in Thailand, and has an ancient ancestry which can be traced back hundreds of years. Known as the “White Gem,” the Khao Manee was through to bring good luck and was a popular breed with Thai royalty. The Khao Manee was said to be kept and bred initially by Siam royals, as was the case with other rare colored cats such as the Siamese. Breeders in Thailand are promoting and breeding the Khao Manee in the effort of preserving its lineage and breed standard. Breeders in the West are still working to promote and establish foundation lines for the Khao Manee.

The Khao Manee is a small to medium-sized breed, growing to between 10 and 12 inches and weighing between 8 and 10 pounds. Khao Manee has a muscular, athletic body, with a wedge-shaped head and large ears. The nose is prominent with a blunt, rounded tip.

Related: Khao Manee Cats: What You Need to Know

Children & Other Pets

They are generally curious and like to see everything that is going on. They are not shy around strangers, though each cat's personality may differ. Khao Manee cats are more than just a pretty feline. They are so intelligent they can often learn to play fetch or learn other simple tricks to impress your guests.They make a great addition to families with kids or other pets, and their loyalty will make you feel like an aristocrat!

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