Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted Feb 12, 2014
I am extremely happy with this breed.
Birman's are very easy to train to be alike with its owner(s). If you're a busy working and all day going person, you're cat becomes more independent and basicly only needs some grooming and feeding. Of course some cuddling and petting every once in a whille. Birman cats are thick and long haired goon cats so this is the main reason you need to groom them regularly (once a week or so).
If you're a stay home person with nothing much to do, you're Birman will become almost humane and will sit on your lap all day purring and rolling around ready for you to scratch and pet it.
I dont know the "all Birman" health level, but our Birman was born with a 90 degree angle in her tail, hernia in her stomach and only one kidney. First year we ran around vets and surgeries but now the cat is fine. She still has her tail in a 90 degree angle, but that doesn't bother the cat nor the owners. She is eating some renal foods and we have to be a little careful with what we feed her, but that's just life.
Birman cats can live up to 18 years old. Our breeder has a long experience of these cats.
One particularly cool feature in Birman cats is the sound. It is so demanding, but at the same time extremely vivid it breaks your heart (in a good way).