The Birman is a large cat with a semi-long top coat
plush undercoat. The head is round with broad ears and the nose is
only slightly shortened, not compressed like the
which it resembles. White paws will also set the Birman apart when
trying to identify this cat. Images of large and well-furred,
white footed cats appear for centuries in the literature of Burma, and
the breed was highly prized and carefully developed by the High Priests
of the land. Size, color and personality are most important in the
breed standard, and the cat should have a regal, and lovely
presence. The modern breed can be traced back to a pair given
to a French soldier as a gift from a Burmese priest. The
a big, gentle, beautiful cat that gets along nicely with
All domestic cat breeds were developed with a certain look and
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It is said that the Birman Cat gets it's white paws from walking in the
sacred temples of Burma where the high priests selectively bred them
for beauty and size. Blue eyes, full coat and white mittens
are a must!
Is A Birman Cat Right For You?
The Birman cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. and is one of
the most popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds. The
breed can be traced to ancient Burmese temples where high priests
created the exotic and luxurious look. The Birman must be a "color
point" meaning a pale white to tan background with legs, tail and
muzzle of a darker shade, anywhere from blue to red to black. The coat
is plush with a heavy
undercoat and regular grooming is required. These are sturdy, large
sized cats that have few breed-related health
issues. Because it is quiet, laid-back and enjoys gentle interaction
a nice family cat that does very well with considerate children, and
makes a lovely
"lap-cat." The centuries of domestication and refinement as a
true companion and
"house cat" are evident, and this gorgeous breed excels as a perfect
modern day pet. This cat is an excellent choice for folks
apartments. They are quiet, gentle, and patient, particularly with
elderly people or infirmed individuals.
Birman Cat Breed Standards
Shape: The head should
be broad, large, and rounded, slightly flatter between the ears. The
muzzle is broad and well-formed with a slightly roman nose, never
compressed, or broken. Full, round cheeks and a firm chin. Ears should
be broad at the base, medium in size with rounded tips. Eyes
large, round, and
bright blue in color.
Body and Tail:
The body should be full but firm, longer than tall, with medium length
legs of good bone and substance. The paws should be noticeably full,
large, and rounded.
The coat should be full and flowing, of medium length with a silky
texture. A full ruff around the face and neck is desirable.
Pointed pattern with a
cream, buff or tan base, and seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, tortie or
red points, much like the Siamese cat. All four paws must have solid
white mittens. The fronts should ideally stop in a straight line at the
ankle, or right as the foot joins the leg. In the rear, the white may
rise higher, in what are called "laces". Symmetry of these
markings is very desirable. White going passed the dew claws in front
or the hocks in back is not desireable.
This should be a full-bodied, full-coated large size cat with a regal
presence. Well-pointed color and four white paws with blue eyes all
required. A sweet-natured, gorgeous example of a perfect domestic house
Inside Cat or Outside Cat?
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should
never be outside cats.
breeds like the Sphynx
are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors.
Docile breeds like the Burmese
may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed
outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not
otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a
saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our
domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of
liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom.
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