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The Burmese cat originated from Thailand, and all
Burmese kittens can trace their ancestry to a cat named Wong Mau, who
arrived in the United States in the 1920s.
The Burmese was accepted for CFA studbook registration
in 1936, but was not accepted for championship status until 1957.
Burmese are lively, affectionate, and even-tempered
cats with sleek, glossy coats. They are deceptively heavy due
to their muscularity. They continue to be playful long into adulthood
and old age.
The Burmese personality is affectionate, people-oriented, and entertaining. They are playful but also very self-amusing.
Though the original color of the American-type
Burmese is solid sable brown, other colors (not recognized in
All associations) include blue, champagne, platinum, and tortie
colors. American Burmese kittens are commonly bred in two types: traditional
and contemporary, the latter being a more rounded look. They are
only accepted in the traditional four colors of sable, champagne,
platinum, and blue.
The European (Foreign) Burmese can be found
in brown, chocolate, red, cream, and tortie colors, whereas the
American-type Burmese may only be bred in the traditional four
colors. Seekers of this breed should go to the European
Burmese breed page.
Interesting breed fact: Burmese studbook
registration in CFA was actually suspended from 1947 to 1953 to
end the practice of outcrossing Burmese to Siamese. Interestingly
enough, cross-breeding Siamese and Burmese is what later produced
the Tonkinese breed. The ironic part about this is that Wong Mau,
the mother of the Burmese breed, is now widely believed to have
been a Burmese-Siamese cross herself.
Associations: The Burmese cat breed is accepted
by all major associations, although different colors and types
are accepted by different associations. CFA distinguishes the
Burmese and the European
Burmese as two separate breeds. Most Burmese outside North
America are the European type, but the World Burmese list has
a mix of both.
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