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    History & Overview

    Breeding of Burmese cats began in the 1930s by a US doctor. Through careful breeding, this sleek, attractive cat developed into the Burmese cat that we recognize today. The Burmese cat boasts a coat that is both short and silky. These cats are incredibly active, beginning from their birth. They will generally display strong loyalty to their owners and other people in the household.

    In return for their loyalty, Burmese cats also require a great deal of attention and affection from their owners. These cats are great around children and are trusting of strangers. Owners must be very careful to not let these cats outside as they do not possess a high level of natural outdoor instincts. Burmese carry surprising weight for their size and have often been described as “bricks wrapped in silk.”

    Character

    Burmese cats are sturdy, active, very intelligent; people oriented cats. They are great with children of all ages and get along very well with all other household animals. Their short coat needs very little grooming. Burmese are great family companions.

    Appearance

    The ideal Burmese is a small to medium sized cat with a muscular frame, heavier than it looks, and a straight back. The Burmese is not as long and slender as the Siamese, nor as heavily boned as the British Shorthair. Their paws are neat and oval shaped with slender legs and neck, which give the Burmese a distinctive elegant look.

    At A Glance

    Breed Classification:

    Foreign

    Colors:

    Brown, blue, chocolate, cream and torties.

    Average Litter Size:

    6

    Life Span:

    15+ years

    Personality:

    Extremely friendly, playful and inquisitive. A Burmese cat has never seen a closed-door that it didn’t try to open. Needs human affection and becomes bored when home alone. They are very sensitive to the moods of their owners. May be trained to retrieve like a dog and retains its kitty curiosity well into its adult life.

    Grooming Requirements:

    Mostly self sufficient at grooming but enjoys the attention given when it is brushed or simply having its head petted.

    Social skills:

    Very accepting of other animals.

    Suitability for Children:

    Patient and adaptable with children.

    Energy Level:

    Active and energetic. They like to climb.

    Noisiness:

    Very vocal with their soft sweet voice.

    Shedding:

    Little

    Cause Allergies:

    None

    Health Issues:

    Quite healthy. Burmese are more prone to developing Cherry Eye than most other cat breeds.

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