Mandalays and new colour Burmese
Mandalays were developed from Burmese in New Zealand in the 1980s. They are identical to Burmese in every respect except coat colour - they come in the same range of coat colours as the Oriental shorthair. Colours are more intense than in the equivalent Burmese - for example, the chocolate Mandalay is a rich dark, uniform chocolate brown, whereas the chocolate Burmese is a soft fudge colour with darker shadings on the face and ears. NZ Cat Fancy regulations allow Burmese and Mandalays to be freely mated together.
We were instrumental in expanding the range of colours available by introducing the cinnamon gene through a planned breeding programme in the 1990s. The caramel gene was also introduced at the same time. These genes have resulted in new colours in the Burmese range as well as in Mandalays.
Please consult the NZCF Mandalay Standard of Points document (pdf file) for more information on the Mandalay breed standard.
Our Current Mandalay Breeding Cats
Champion Rafoej Ophrah.
Ophrah was the daughter of Hope and Tiger. She was an ebony ticked tabby Mandalay carrying Burmese and dilute. Her type was excellent, her head stunning and her coat lovely and soft and sleek. She was affectionate with loads of character, but didn't like strangers. She died in late 2013 of lung cancer. Her line lives on through her granddaughter Banjora.
Grand Champion Rafoej No-one Else
Solo is a daughter of Dream's chocolate Mandalay sister Rafoej Dreamtime and fathered by a full brother of Tabasco. She lived for a while with Christine and Mush, then came back to join the Rafoej line-up. She is a lovely coppery cinnamon ticked tabby, carrying classic pattern, non-agouti and Burmese. She has had several lovely litters.
Champion Rafoej Eponine
Nina was born at my friend Jenny's place in the only litter from "Pebbles" (Rafoej Wyandotte - daughter of Mazurka and Tabasco), sired by Henry. She is a chocolate spotted tabby Mandalay, carrying everything possible! She had some lovely kittens and I have kept her chocolate silver daughter Callista. Nina now lives in a lovely home in Plimmerton with her grandmother Mazurka.
Gypsy was bred by my friend Christa, and sired by my Hudson. She was an unplanned aquisition - I just thought she was too lovely to disappear into a pet home. She is my first cinnamon Burmese breeding queen.