The Mandalay is a short-haired, sleek, and muscular breed known for its striking sable coat, large expressive eyes, and affectionate, playful demeanour.


Size: Medium
Weight: 3.5 – 6.5 kg
Coat Length: Short
Coat Colour:  Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lavender, Red, Cream, Cinnamon, Fawn, Black Tortie, Blue Tortie, Chocolate Tortie, Lavender Tortie, Cinnamon Tortie and Fawn Tortie.
Eye Colour: Gold, Yellow, Amber (Amber preferred)
Grooming: Low
Longevity: 10 – 17 years
Attention Needs: Moderate



History of the Breed

The Mandalay cat, also known as the Burmese sable or sepia, originated as a variant of the Burmese breed. The Mandalay’s history can be traced back to the mid-20th century when breeders began selectively breeding Burmese cats for a rich, dark brown coat color. The goal was to create a cat with a striking appearance similar to a Burmese, but with a uniform, warm-toned coat.


Mandalay cats are characterized by their sleek, medium-sized bodies and short, fine coats that lie close to the skin. The breed is distinguished by its unique coat colour, which is a deep, warm, sable brown. Their eyes are typically large, round, and gold or yellow, adding to the breed’s captivating appearance. Mandalays exhibit a muscular build, with a well-balanced and proportionate physique.


Known for their affectionate and social nature, Mandalay cats are devoted companions. They thrive on human interaction and form strong bonds with their owners. Mandalays are often described as playful and intelligent, enjoying interactive play sessions and engaging in activities that stimulate their minds. This breed is known to be vocal, expressing themselves through soft, melodic voices. Mandalays generally get along well with other pets and children, making them an ideal choice for families.

Living With Mandalay

Mandalay cats are well-suited for indoor living, thriving in a comfortable and secure home environment. Due to their short coats, grooming needs are minimal, requiring only occasional brushing to keep their fur in good condition. Regular play sessions and mental stimulation are essential to keep Mandalays happy and healthy. Providing a balanced diet and regular veterinary check-ups contribute to their overall well-being. Additionally, Mandalays appreciate cozy spots for lounging and may seek warmth, such as sunny windowsills. Owners of Mandalay cats should be prepared to offer ample attention and affection to meet their social needs.