ABOUT THE BURMESE
The modern Burmese cat is an exotic and elegant short-haired cat, with a short well-rounded head, large golden-yellow eyes, a compact athletic body, robust limbs with delicately shaped paws and a fine lustrous coat of fur.
Burmese cats are surprisingly heavy for their size. Americans often refer to them as "bricks wrapped in silk." A distinctive coloration, in combination with expressive eyes and a markedly gentle face, distinguishes this breed from all others.
From literary sources of the Far East, it is well known that a cat, similar to the Burmese, was heralded in songs from an ancient Book of poetry about cats, and esteemed as a holy animal. Such cats were kept only in the houses of the most wealthy and in the temples. They were said to bring happiness and wealth.
In the early 1930s, an American sailor brought the cat Wong Mau from Burma to the USA. From the color of Wong Mau, her new owner recognized a distinct genetic difference between this cat and the more popular Siamese. That recognition gave rise to the development of a new breed of cat.
Then, in 1949, the Burmese cat was introduced to England, where the breed quickly developed; but already in a fashion that made it distinct from cats in America. With the appearance of standards on breeding, American and European types of Burmese were acknowledged together as one breed, but the differences in color scale even now cause Americans to distinguish between the European Burmese and their own American Burmese.
Practically all cat associations recognize four principal colors (i.e., sable, blue, chocolate/champagne, lilac/platinum) for Burmese cats. Only a few organizations, such as GCCF, FIFe TICA and WCF, recognize the remaining colors. In many American associations, these additional colors, as well as certain other physical features, characterize the European (or "Foreign") Burmese.
The fur color is brown, with a slight golden tint, on the torso and dark-brown on the outer coat; the nose leather is brown, while the paw pads can be pink or brown.
The fur color is creamy-beige on the torso and chocolate-brown on the outer coat; the nose leather and paw pads can be pink or cinnamon.
The fur color is gray on the torso and light-blue on the outer coat; the nose leather and paw pads are gray.
The fur color is platinum on the torso and gray on the outer coat; the nose leather and paw pads are pink with a lavender tint.
The fur color is red-orange on the torso and melon-orange on the outer coat; the nose leather and paw pads are pink.
The fur color is that of condensed cream. The nose leather and paw pads are rose-pink.
- Brown tortie
The fur is in a well-delineated mixture of red, brown and cream colors. The nose leather and paw pads are brown, pink or a combination of those.
- Chocolate tortie
The fur is in a well-delineated mixture of chocolate and cream colors. The nose leather and paw pads are also a combination of chocolate and cream.
- Blue tortie
The fur is in a well-delineated mixture of blue and cream colors. The nose leather and paw pads are also a combination of blue and cream.
- Lilac tortie
The fur is in a well-delineated mixture of lilac and cream colors. The nose leather and paw pads are bluish-gray.
photographs of all colors
The Burmese cat is naturally a desperate daredevil, although many breeders appreciate its silky smooth fur and yellow eyes as examples of elegance. This is an exclusively amiable, gentle and playful creation.
Without a drop of aggression towards people, this unique animal is gentle and calm, but at the same time playful and mentally alert. This is a cat that never bares its claws, making it well suited to families with small children. Like a dog, this cat, although staunchly independent, will always follow you around, adores sleeping in your lap or on your shoulders, and at your disposal will curl up on your chest under a blanket :) This is a cat with dignity, born to rule over and to win your heart.
They are omnivorous and unfussy, seldom ill, passionate about their personal grooming, and tidy. Burmese cats make excellent pets. Their smooth, short coats are easy to look after. They are more clever and loving than the majority of cats, and over all possess an amazing individuality. They simply adore people, get along well with children and dislike being alone. This is a pet, without which you simply cannot live!
Pronounced individuality, intellect, elegance. These cats are very intelligent, get along well with children and love to play. Interestingly, they do not fear traveling by automobile or by public transport.
Tends to wander off in search of adventure, but still needs almost constant attention - communication, love, warmth. Very loud during the mating season.