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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 is a rare breed that originated in New Zealand in the 1980s, and that's where most of the cats are found today. Breeders Dorothy Horton and Pat Hogen are credited with its creation, when they mated Burmese cats with crossbreeds. These matings produced kittens who had the eyes, musculature and shape of Burmese cats, matched with darker colors - for example, the seal (brown) color of the Burmese becomes Black in the Mandalay.

The Mandalay is recognized as a distinct breed by the New Zealand Cat Fanciers.


The Mandalay has a very similar temperament to its close cousin the Burmese. They are a friendly, good natured cats who love attention. They tend to be very vocal - again, like the Burmese. Mandalays can be attention seeking, and require company if they are to thrive. They become lonely if left alone all day.

As long as you can give them plenty of time and attention, Mandalays are great family pets, and they get along well with children, being very tolerant. This is a breed full of character, and life with them will never be dull.


Always solid colored

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:
  • Social Needs:

Mandalay Pictures

My beautiful mandalay, Raven
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!