This litter in 1994 was a first in many ways - a first for Kitty, a first for Hoo, and a first for me! After a long period of Kitty hating Hoo, she finally gave in for his charms - for he is a charming boy! The result was 4 lovely kittens - 4 girls:
The success of this first litter gave me courage to have a second litter a year later. It had been difficult to sell the first kittens, the Korat being a new breed in Denmark and all, but the interest from breeders around Europe in these kittens was very encouraging. I decided to concentrate on breeding as high quality kittens as I could with the most diverse pedigrees I could find.
In the meantime news about GM (read more about GM here) had surfaced, but as there was no solution to the problem I decided to keep breeding carefully - no close matings...
So in 1995, the next stud came from Finland, IC Kattihovin Ou Vinh Cam-Ranh, bred by Palvi Niemi, owned by Outi Niemi. Kuppelli was also a "novice", so it would be very interesting to see how he performed as a stud. The result was 5 kittens - 3 girls and 2 boys:
Selling this litter was easier. People were opening their eyes for the beauty of the Korat, so I decided Kitty should have one last litter, before it was Emmy's turn. In 1997, I decided to use Hoo again, as I regretted bitterly not having kept a kitten from the first litter. I was hoping for a girl for myself, but what did I get?? Two beautiful and enormous boys
Just around New Year 1998, the third GM case in Italy occurred. This indicated strongly that Kitty was a carrier of GM1, so the planned mating between Charlie and Emmy was postponed until there was a way to detect carriers.As it turned out, Charlie and Emmy took things into their own paws during this period of doubt and distress... This litter worried me, as I knew that both parents could be carriers and any resulting kittens could be affected.
In February 1998, I took Emmy and Charlie to Italy to have them GMtested. Dr. Castagnaro had developed a DNAtest for GM2 and was working on one for GM1. After a very long wait for the results, it turned out that both Charlie and Emmy carried GM1. In the meantime, Dr. Baker in USA had been contacted. He had worked with GM1 in cats for many years and welcomed this opportunity to share his knowledge and help the Korat. Charlie's and Emmy's boys were tested by Dr. Baker - after a long wait, their results finally came when the kittens were 6 months old and getting to be mature! Emil was a GM1 carrier and was consequently neutered and moved in with Charlie. Chance was normal for both GMs - a result noone had dared dream of! (For a full list of Primprau's Korats and their GM1 & GM2 results click here.) Chance was offered as a stud to breeders who were also testing their Korats - Jen Lacey in UK had just neutered her stud and was looking for a new one. Chance's pedigree was interesting to the UK lines, so we made arrangements to import him to UK through the Balai directive (read more about how we did that here).
When Charlie was 6,5 months old he sired his only litter of 2 boys:
Emmy's first planned litter was a very international and well planned project. The chosen stud for my 1999 litter was CFA GRC Mayopun Chakotay of Kiriki, bred by Juanita Carlson, owned by Ann Segrest in US. Chakotay was chosen for his interesting lines and because he was normal for both GMs. This mating resulted in 4 kittens - one boy, three girls:
All Primprau's kittens are handled from birth and participate in the doings of the house. My queens often choose to give birth in a cat-bed placed in my bed. When the kittens are old enough we (my queen and I) agree to moving the cat-bed into the play pen in the living room, so the kittens can start to investigate the world around them in safe surroundings. They stay in the play pen till they can find the litter tray every time or till they figure out how to crawl out of it themselves...
From this litter, I kept Primprau’s Suay Kanchanburi (Buri) as my future queen. Johnny Stjernström in Sweden and Bernd Pollesche, Kobalt Korats, Germany had decided that Anéas av Kalhammaren (Silver) should move from Sweden to Germany as a stud. As I needed a stud for Emmy and Buri, I offered to transport Silver from Sweden to Germany in exchange for two matings (which turned out to be three).
Emmy had 1 litter with Silver – not a very successful one :Only two out of 6 survived. These two are now neutered and pampered pets in Germany. Buri had two litters with Silver.
The first litter was two boys –
As I was hoping for a girl for myself, I wanted to try this mating again...
The second litter was 4 kittens – 3 Korats and 1 bluepoint XSH. All these kittens were placed as pets. Buri was neutered after this litter – she had moved to Italy for her second litter, as she needed her own family with fewer dominant females.
I still had Tammy unneutered, as his pedigree represents all I have worked for for 10 years and more. This XSH sister in Italy meant that the probability of Tammy carrying the bluepoint gene was there, so I decided to have him testmated.
As this is very difficult to do in FIFe (the kittens can’t be registered), I contacted KCA for help.
A Thai Bluepoint breeder in Wales, Jane Couch, Jasumik Korats and Thai Bluepoints, was kind enough to offer to help. This project has taken 2 years, as we decided to testmate Tammy for carrying chocolate/lilac also, since Jane also had a lilac queen. As things look, it would seem that Tammy does not carry chocolate/lilac or bluepoint! I will be bringing him back to Denmark after the KCA Show April, 2004.
Before Tammy moved to Wales, he mated Chumaki Thaiprincess. 4 lovely females resulted.
Princess needed to be mated again. I decided to use Jing’s Thai Sing who lives in Germany. This mating resulted in 6 healthy kittens (4 boys, 2 girls) – one with a kink and one with a white spot. Some of the boys are developping scattered white hairs as they grow older. All kittens in this litter are placed as neutered pets – 2 in US, 2 in Sweden, and 2 in Denmark.
My planned matings for 2004 are:
Gigolo is my Canadian import, bred by Ailsa Stark, Skarraghbrae Korats. He has mated two females in Norway and went for a few matings in Finland. While in Finland, he found the perfect home there. So, he is now living as a family member with 3 Korat male neuters and having a ball!
Pen is an import from Thailand, bred by Professor Edward Rose, Chiang Mai Cattery. Elfi Kleive, Pimai Korats, Norway imported him to help Korat breeders in Europe.
The Pentecoste litter:
MacGiulia Lilly had 2 kittens on April 3. 2011. 1 male, Primprau's Aprilili Aries and 1 female, Primprau's Aprilili Aria. Click on the pictures below to see the films.
The first film is the girl, the second is the boy.
Kobalt Happy Kaleb
Photo: Sanela Jenic
Camilla Baird Primprau's Korat Cattery © 2003
Pictures in this page:
1. GIC. Sawat's Kirilin
2. IC. IP. Yang Chen Ma Hoo Who's, DM
3. EC. Primprau's Blue Emerald
4. Primprau's No Challenge Too Great
5. CFA GRC Mayopun Chakotay of Kiriki
6. Primprau's Suay Kanchanaburi
7. Primprau's Palla di Neve, XSH Blue Point
8. Anéas av Anéas av Kalhammaren