Burmese Cat: Facts & Trivia

The Burmese cat is known as “a brick wrapped in silk” because its surprisingly dense, muscular body is covered with short silky fur. They are active, loving cats that want all the attention on them.

Burmese Appearance: 

Burmese cats are medium-small sized cats weighing 8-10 pounds (3.6-4.5 kg). Their fur is very short, fine, and silky. They have a solid color coat with some having faint color points. The original Burmese is a rich dark brown, but now they also come in blue, champagne, and platinum. 

The Burmese cat has golden or yellow eyes. There are two distinct types of Burmese, American and British, with the British version is longer and thinner than the American.

The Burmese is the result of breeding the “copper cat” of Burma (now Myanmar) with a Siamese cat. The copper cats were thought to be the palace or temple cats kept by priests in Burma. 

Burmese cats have a lifespan of 10-16 years.

Burmese Temperament: 

These cats are highly active, follow their owners everywhere and want to be involved in everything. They are happy to sit in their owner’s lap and are very affectionate. They are very talkative cats and have a soft and sweet voice.

Burmese cats are very intelligent and love to play fetch. They can be taught tricks like sit, come, and roll over. They even let children dress them up in clothing.

Other: It is thought that all Burmese are the descendant of one cat Wong Mau, a copper cat imported from Burma (Myanmar) in the 1930s. As a result, these cats have very low genetic diversity.

This breed is recognized by CFA, TICA, AFCA
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