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Also known as the "Sacred Cat of Burma", the
Birman cat breed has a number of fanciful legends associated with its origin.
Birmans first appeared in France in 1919 with a pregnant female
imported from Burma (the male died en route). The breed was first
recognized for championship status by a French cat registry. The
breed's French name, Sacre de Birmanie, is the origin of the breed
name Birman. Birmans first appeared in the United States in 1959
and in Great Britain five years later. It was accepted for championship
status in GCCF in 1966 and in 1967 by CFA.
The Birman is a semi-longhaired cat, accepted only in
the pointed pattern. It is distinguished from other pointed cats
not only by its moderately stocky body type, but also by its four
white feet. The pattern of the "gloves and laces" on
the Birman is very precise on show cats.
The Birman personality is docile, quiet with a strong people orientation. Although longhaired, they do not
need daily grooming.
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Interesting fact: By tradition, most Birman breeders
name their cats according to the year. In one year, almost all
Birman kittens will have names that begin with the same letter. Birman kittens
born in 2010 have names starting with the letter H; 2011
is an letter I year, 2012 is a J year, and so on. This tradition, like its breed
name, is French in origin.
Associations: The Birman breed is accepted
in all associations.
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