Burmese Cat:Cat Breed Profile

Burmese cat

There are 2 varieties of Burmese Cat. The American Burmese and the English Burmese. Their difference is especially present in their physique. The first has a rounder head than the second.

It is also more robust, stronger, and more impressive than Its British friend. Their characters are identical, as is their health, iron. Their maintenance is reduced to a single weekly brushing and their very friendly presence is highly appreciated by their family.

History of the breed

The Burmese cat is originally from Southeast Asia, Thailand to be more precise. We find its trace several centuries. During the period of Ayudhya, a cat of a copper color detonated. This description strangely resembles the Burmese as we know it when it first appeared in 1930.

The first Burmese cat originated from a cross between Wong Mau, a dark Siamese imported from Burma into the United States by Dr. Thomson, and a Siamese. Another cross gave a rather dark brown cat that took the name Burmese.

Be careful, this breed of cat should in no way be confused with the Sacred of Burma.

Over the years, the difference is noticeable between the American Burmese and the English Burmese, which continued to change thanks to the research of British researchers.

These brought a variety of more important colors recognized by the standard.  It is also a very popular cat among the English.

Physical features

  • Its body: The English Burmese is lighter, less heavy than its American cousin. It has good bone structure, but it is less solid than the American Burmese. In both cases, they are medium-sized cats, all in muscle. Their chest is quite wide and their hind legs are higher than the front legs. The American Burmese has rounded hips and shoulders.
  • Its coat: The American Burmese, like English, has a short coat, shiny and close to the body. The undercoat is almost absent. The fur is well lying on the body.
  • Its color: The Burmese standard is quite strict in this area. Originally, the Burmese is real sepia (sable). It is a dark nutty color that can go all the way to warm brown. The stomach and neck are slightly lighter. The standard also accepts blue, chocolate, and lilac dresses. In the English, red and the “tortoiseshell” coat are also tolerated.
  • Its head: That of the American Burmese is very rounded. The cheekbones are very visible. There is no flat part. The forehead is rounded and the stop is very marked. The muzzle is rather short. Conversely, the head of the English Burmese is more triangular. The cheekbones are also quite high and well defined. For the rest, it has the same characteristics as its cousin across the Atlantic.
  • Its eyes: They are quite large, well-spaced, and yellow in color. Note that green and blue are not accepted by the standard. Their upper line is oblique and their lower line is rounded.
  • Its ears: The Burmese’s ears are medium in size. They are a little rounded and leaning forward.
  • Its tail: It is medium in size and has a rounded tip.

Behavior With Others

The English Burmese cat is a calm cat, quite gentle and delicate. It’s perfectly suited to family life, It enjoys being in the company of Its master and Its adoptive family. It cannot stand loneliness and will need a human presence or that of another animal such as a dog.

It’s in search of recognition. This cat is curious, very intelligent, which makes It easily docile. It’s educated very simply. It’s not afraid of anything, it’s sometimes mischievous and it’s endowed with sensitivity.

It’s a very sociable breed, which does not fear meeting its congeners or other animals. A big advantage, it almost never meows, which makes it very popular if you want calm in your home. It just asks for attention, to be taken care of and played with.

Its American friend looks exactly like It. Note that the 2 varieties enjoy playing with children.

Living Conditions

The Burmese cat can be satisfied with apartment living. However, Its curiosity and liveliness will benefit It more outdoors. If It can be placed in a house with a garden, it is better for It.

It enjoys adventure and hunting. It can bring Its prey back to Its master. Its master will also need to know how to show discipline, and bring It all the necessary tenderness, otherwise, it could let him know.

The Burmese loves to climb. In fact, accessories will be mandatory so that It can flourish and feel happy. It also appreciates bright objects. It will try to catch them and this highlights Its dexterity and Its agility.

Health & Maintenance

The American Burmese and the English Burmese cat are not affected by hereditary diseases. This is one of the strongest cat breeds around. It has no predisposition to develop this or that pathology.

Nevertheless, it will be advisable to have It protection vaccinated against rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza which are the usual diseases of felines.

Hypoallergenic Breed: No

The life expectancy of a Burmese is between 15 and 16 years

Above all an outdoor cat, the Burmese can get lost in branches or sometimes muddy paths. Thus, a little cleaning from time to time of its coat is necessary. Beyond this cleaning, regular brushing of its coat is recommended, to allow it to retain its shine and beauty.

The Burmese cat should be brushed once a week to prevent it from forming hairballs, which could be harmful to its health and digestive tract. This is not a cat that sheds a plethora of hair, but to maintain the softness of its coat and its shiny side, a soft brush is necessary.

The Burmese is a greedy cat, who is perfectly satisfied with industrial food like high-quality kibble or mash, just as It appreciates human food. Thus, It will never be against good raw meat or fresh vegetables.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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