- Burmese Cat
- Place of Origin:
- Burma, Thailand
- Tonkin cat
- Breed type:
- Short-haired cat
- Body type:
- Flexible, muscular
- 4 - 6 kg
- Colourful variety:
- Sable, blue, champagne, platinum, red, cream, tortoiseshell
History: There is not much to say about the origin of the breed. Anyway, in Thai manuscripts from before 1700, there are references to cats with shining brown hair. This breed was referred to as Supalak or Thong Daeng and it was probably the ancestors of the Burmese Cat.
The first brown cat was imported from Burma to San Francisco it was named Wong Mau. It was a breed of a Tonkin Cat. Wong Mau was matted with the Siamese cat, and the result was a brown boy who was matted with his mother again. In this litter there were Kittens with Siamese, Tonkin and Burmese appearance.
Experts have set up a breeding program to capture the type and colour of the mother cat. A number of cats with a Burmese appearance have been imported, but Siamese cats have been included in the program to avoid heavy family breeds. In the 1950s and 1960s, Burmese cats were imported into Great Britain, from where they quickly spread throughout the world.
Soon after the brown cats, chocolate, blue and lilac were born. It caused chocolate and dilution factor through imported cats. Later, red, cream and turtle variety was appeared. They are originated in the UK by crossing Siamese cats with red badges and red domestic cats with Burmese cats. The latest colour varieties are cinnamon and wild.
Nature: This is a very nice and cuddy quiet cat loving company. They are also known for their great curiosity, skill and temperament. To be in touch with people it is very important to them. It can follow its master all day but the most satisfied is on master's lap. Thanks to their calmness and balance, they can easily bear with little children, and the problem is usually not even in the dog company. They are also very intelligent and inventive, so they like to play and they can be stubborn and stubborn. They suffer when they are home alone it is better to keep two cats together.
Body: The muscular and strong body of a Burmese cat is medium-sized, with a straight spine and a massive chest. Slim legs have oval paws, the medium tail narrows to a rounded toe. The slightly wedge-shaped head is rounded with a strong, wide jaw and chin. The nose is clearly bent. Medium-sized ears with rounded toes are slightly forward facing away from each other just as large eyes. The underside of the mesh is round, while the upper side follows a sloping oriental line. The head and body should not be too oriental or too subtle.
Coat: The hair of a Burmese cat has little or no complete undercoat. It is short and tightly attached to the body. The structure is soft and silky. A beautiful, deep, shiny coat is visible.
Care: This breed does not need any special hair care. Only occasional brushing is enough. The sharp ends of the claws should be regularly cut and, if necessary, the ears are cleaned if it is needed.
Colourful variety: Burmese cats have a colour that is not found in any other breed. The underside of the body is always lighter than the back and legs, and the transition between the colour nuances is smooth. The mask and ears can contrast in colour. Pattern, white hairs, and hair styles are not allowed.
Kittens are born with light hair, which is getting darker. The gloss and finishing coat can develop for up to two years.
The most common colour variety is black-brown and chocolate. The Burmese cat also appears in a blue, lilac, red, cream or cinnamon colour variety. A silver factor is also known. They are also found in brown, chocolate, blue and lilac tortoise. Eye colour is preferred golden yellow without a touch of blue or green, more important is the shape and expression of the eyes than their colour.