The breed is considered as the sacred cat of Burma but it got real recognition in France. Ancient beliefs suggest that the Birman got its pretty looks by an intervention of a blue-eyed goddess. She rewarded the cat for her services rendered to its priest and the white coat was turned golden and the yellow eyes blue. Whatever these stories might suggest, the truth remains that this breed is an exceptional looking one. Their mix is still unknown but stories indicate that it took place in France between the Siamese and the Persian breed. They received their first recognition when they were imported to the United States in 1959. Their championship status was received in 1967.
These cats have a flair for drama, with some reserve and dignity. They are loving and affectionate in nature and have practicality and patience as traits. These cats are highly active and adventurous in spirit with ample ingenuity and inscrutability all mixed up to make a complete personality that is admired by cat lovers world over.
- Activity Level: 4/5(avidly active)
- Intelligence Level: 4/5(highly creative)
- Curiosity: 3.5/5(moderately curious)
- Friendliness: 5/5(no enemies)
- Vocal: 3/5(moderately talkative)
The Birman cats have a long-haired coat silky with colorpoint and deep blue eyes that contrast with their white gloves on each of their paw. These cats are medium in size, with a rectangular body, a broad face and a unique Roman nose. Birman’s ears are equally wide on base as they are high and are set as much on the side of the head as on the top.
- Fur: A medium-long length silky coat with pointed patterns similar to those of Siamese. The little undercoat is a positive since it rarely mats on the floor while moving around, avoiding dirt on the coat.
- Eyes: Probably the best feature in the Birman breed, are its blue eyes. These bright button-like eyes portray a very sweet expression on their face all the time, it’s like they never get angry.
- Body Structure: This is a large sized cat with a sturdy and powerful body. Their body color varies depending on the cat’s color. A seal point Birman has a darker body and a comparatively lighter shade through the chest and belly.
- Facial Features: Its bright blue eyes are the ultimate catch accompanied by the spotted whisker pads and solid colored ears.
- Weight: Birmans usually weigh around 6 to 12 pounds.
The Birmans are quite healthy and fit but are prone to a variety of diseases. Congenital hypotrichosis is one such immune deficiency but fortunately for Birmans, it is quite rare. Corneal dermoid is a very dangerous condition where excessive hair and skin growth is observed around the cornea. It can be surgically remedied. The Atypical hypoadrenocorticm is the most common of all disorders in a Birman cat which has symptoms like inappropriate urination and defecation, lethargy, anorexia and weight loss. An ACTH simulation diagnosis is carried out for such a disorder.
Weekly combing off the coat and daily dental hygiene is must. When bathing a Birman, a hand water nozzle is preferred to bathing him in a tub of water. A warm water bath is highly recommended to loosen and remove the shedding coat.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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