Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted Jun 22, 2015
I am more of a dog person - in a pet, I'm looking for affection, playfulness, friendship, and companionship. I suspect that cat-lovers have a different set of priorities when it comes to pets, and for them, a Birman is a great cat.
My particular Birman has pretty dominant tendencies - he can be a little aloof, self-assertive or even aggressive with other cats, and totally ok on his own. He is sometimes affectionate and playful, but usually not in a clingy way, and only on his own initiative. However, I've met other Birmans who were quite affectionate and present, so it may just be his personality.
One huge positive is that Birmans are beautiful. If you are committed to brushing and caring for a long-haired cat with a white coat, and you enjoy an animal that is not needy or clingy, a Birman could be your pick! But make sure you keep a lint roller around, because sometimes, the fur is out of control!