The Burmese cat is one of the oldest breeds in the world, with written descriptions of its kind and type noted as early as the 14th century!
These beautiful cats were bred specifically for companionship in Buddhist temples of ancient Burma, where their lovely, affectionate and extremely people-focused personality was cultivated and highly prized.
Burmese cats are also quite compact and very tidy which fit in well with temple life.
Because they were developed with an extreme emphasis on domestic character, the Burmese is a very social breed that requires human interaction, forms very strong bonds and does not like to be left alone.
Some individuals are so highly domesticated that they seem to have lost the "fight or flight" instinct.
Care sometimes must be taken to make sure other members of the household do not dominate these gentle, and sometimes passive cats.
This is also one of those breeds that really is best not allowed outdoors unsupervised.
These are lovely, exotically beautiful cats with a sweet and special quality all their own.
The modern Burmese cat breed can be traced back to one female named Wong Mau, brought to California from Burma in 1930, and cross-bred with Siamese of traditional type.
The Burmese cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. and is one of the more popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds.
Today's Burmese is a lovely companion with some of the dog-like tendencies and vocal proclivities of the Siamese, though not as loud, and certainly not as aggressive - companion is the key word here - they need people!
They will fuss with you around the house all day, then cuddle in your lap all evening.
The coat is short, smooth and velvety with remarkable shine. Shedding is minimal and regular grooming is not required. These are small-sized cats that are very sturdy.
They are known to be quite long-lived, sometimes reaching high into the teens.
They have few breed-related health issues other than an unusual tendency to ingest materials like wool or other fibers. This has been known to cause some stomach issues so keep attractive items away.
Because it is highly active, gentle, affectionate, and demands interaction with humans, the Burmese cat is a fine family cat that does wonderfully well with considerate children.
For the right household, they can be a dream come true, so by all means investigate if this sounds appealing.
They do not like to be left alone and can become destructive, so singles with demanding lives take note. -Burmese Cat Facts
Burmese kittens are bright, curious and active. They are very playful and free-spirited little kittens.
The activity level is very high, particularly if they are exploring their new home so kitten-proofing is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing a Burmese kitten.
These are very affectionate little babies and will want to be close to you, so set some boundaries early as far as where your kitten will be aloud to sleep, jump on etc.
High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under counters and doors should be blocked off as they have a very strong urge to explore.
In appearance, the Burmese kitten is very much a miniature adult. These cats don't go through an extended awkward period as many other breeds do.
They tend to grow at an average rate and reach mature height at about 6 months, filling out and maturing to full size and weight at about one year old.
Because this is a very popular cat, breeders of pedigree Burmese kittens can be found relatively easily, and the price is usually affordable for a pure-bred kitten.
Head Shape: The head should be medium size in proportion to the body, well rounded and not angular. The muzzle is short and small but well developed with full round chin. Ears should be medium in size and set far apart on the skull. Well cupped with slightly rounded tips. Eyes should be large, round and wide-set with yellow or gold color. Brilliant eye color is highly desirable.
Body and Tail: The body should be lean and muscular and compact with a tight and heavy feel to it. The top line should be straight. Legs should be of medium length but quite substantial in bone. The feet should be round and tightly knuckled with no splaying. The tail should be of medium size, straight and tapered.
Coat: The coat is fine and short with a soft, satiny appearance and texture. Distinctively shiny and close-lying with no undercoat.
Pattern: The only accepted colors are sable, champagne, blue and platinum. All must be without barring, striping or extensive shading. The more even the color and the richer the hue the better. The nose and paw pads should match the body color, pink allowed in the lighter colors.
Overall Appearance: This should be a unique and exotic looking small size cat with particularly fine, satiny fur and a taut, muscular structure. Surprisingly heavy when lifted, lovely personality.