The Burmese origination dates back to the 1930’s when Dr. Joseph Thomson of America brought a walnut brown female cat called Wong Mau and bred it with a Siamese male. The result was a new breed Burmese which had a brown coat. The Burmese originally came in dark brown colors due to their ancestral Burma cats. These cats were further classified into two breeds- the American Burmese and the British Burmese but the CFA has not approved of the two as different breeds. They had to struggle a lot for their championship status due to the outbreak of the WW2 but they finally gained it in 1980’s. A lot of Burmese cats are popular in the cat shows that take place all around the world.
Burmese cats are pretty social breed of cats and maintain a kitten-like playfulness and energy even till their adulthood. These cats are often seen to have a lot of overtly dog-like traits and they form strong bonds with their owners and largely gravitate towards human activity. They easily learn to play fetch and tag and enjoy playing it.
- Activity Level: 4/5 (highly active)
- Intelligence Level: 5/5 (can’t get better)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (as curious as cats get)
- Friendliness: 4.5/5 (highly affectionate)
- Vocal: 3.5/5 (soft and sweet)
These cats tend to be quite slender, with long bodies and a wedge-shaped head. Their large and pointed ears, match well with their moderately almond-shaped eyes. Their ears are pretty distinctive due to their large size and pointed shape. Here are the details of features:
- Fur: A highly glossy and silky fur with a short, close lying body coat. The coat color is usually brown and chocolate.
- Eyes: The Burmese are known to have mystical and highly seductive eyes. They can woo their owner by their expressive eye gestures. The eye colors are green or gold depending on their coat color.
- Body Structure: The British Burmese has a wedge shaped head, long legs and large-pointed ears. The American Burmese has a round much broader head and comparatively smaller legs.
- Facial Features: The Burmese has highly attractive facial expressions and flattened muzzle. It can win over any person who dislikes cat.
- Weight: They are fairly light weighing about 1.5 to 3 kg.
The Burmese have quite a long history of inherited genetic diseases with the most common one being Familial Episodic Hypokalaemia Polymyopathy. Thanks to the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, we have a genetic test for such an inherited disease called the Burmese hypokalaemia.
The Burmese breed is one of the most active and interactive breeds. Weekly brushing of the coat is enough to ensure the removal of dead hair. Dental hygiene should be taken care of on a daily basis. This breed loves to play around and it is pretty good in the run and fetch game too unlike other lethargic breeds. Trimming of nails and cleaning of ears should be weekly.
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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