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Is the Burmese right for you?

The basics:
With a milk-chocolate coat and the sweet personality to match, the Burmese is a cat who loves to love. You’ll never be alone when you live with a Burmese, which is either good or bad depending on how much you value your privacy. The Burmese will help you read your paper, make dinner, do taxes, and wait faithfully for you while you shower. At the end of the day, you can expect this devoted kitty to curl up on the bed with you. They’re also eager conversationalists, and though their meow is a bit softer than their Siamese counterparts, they are no less chatty.

The History of the Burmese dates back thousands of years to the “copper cat” of Burma. There, these precocious little cats were kept and bred in temples and palaces. The modern Burmese is the result of a single cat named Wong Mau, who arrived in San Francisco in 1930. Wong Mau was bred to a seal –point Siamese, and the resulting kittens carried both the Siamese coloration, and Wong Mau’s rich brown with darker points. The dark kittens of the litter were then used to keep the breed going.

It should be noted that there became two breed standards for the Burmese, with efforts to keep both varieties genetically distinct. The Burmese described here-in is the American standard, but you can read about the European Burmese here.

So beloved has been the Burmese that the breed was used to found three other distinct breeds: the Bombay, the Tonkinese, and the Burmilla.

Appearance / health:
The Burmese has been described as a “brick wrapped in silk” – they are surprisingly heavy given their medium frame. This is due in large part to their compact and muscular body. Both legs and tail are medium in length. They have a rounded head, a short nose, and medium-sized ears, rounded at the tip and tilted slightly forward. The Burmese’s large, round eyes give them an almost otherworldly gaze. The eye color generally corresponds to coat color, with the more traditional darker colors matched with vividly orange and gold eyes, with shades of green more frequently seen with lighter coats.

Their coat is short and fine, with a glossy, satiny finish. Coat color is more restrictive in the American (sometimes called “contemporary”) Burmese, with only four principal colors recognized: sable (a rich, dark brown), champagne (a warm honey beige), platinum (pale grey with fawn undertones), and blue. For the most part, the coat color should be solid, with a slight change of shade towards the underbelly. In some colors, such as champagne, slight darkening of the ears and face are permissible.

Behavior / temperament:
The Burmese is an extroverted, people-oriented, and sweet-natured cat. They are extremely devoted to their owners, and will want to be involved in everything that you do. Some might describe the Burmese as “clingy”, but if you’re looking for unconditional love and affection, this might be the breed for you. The Burmese will not be happy being left alone for long periods of time, and some Burmese enthusiasts recommend having two cats that can keep one another company in your absence. They make an exceptional family cat, not just tolerant but even enthusiastic about playing with younger family members.

They’re an intelligent, curious, and adventurous breed. They hang on to their kitten-like energy well into adulthood. They will enjoy any game they can play interactively with you, including fetch. Puzzle toys are toys that present an added challenge may appeal to the Burmese.

Like many oriental breeds, the Burmese is a highly vocal cat who is likely to keep talking to you even when you don’t talk back. Their voice is softer and sweeter than some of the other chatty breeds, but even so, you should be prepared for a cat that seems to enjoy hearing its own voice.


languid demeanour, purrsonality plus, ideal family pet, lovely sable color, glossy coats, playful nature


chronic renal failure, road sense, HOWLING, periodontal disease


retriever cat, loudest purr soothes, chocolate tortoiseshell variety, playful devils

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