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Origin

This legendary breed, once believed to be the sacred companions of priests in the temples of Burma, first appeared in France in 1919, where they were recognized as a separate breed by 1925.    By the end of World War 11, hardly any Birmans were alive and it was necessary to re-establish the breed.   This was done thanks to devoted breeders and by the 1960ís; Birmans were again plentiful and exported around the world.  They found their way to the USA and in 1967 they were recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association.

Conformation & Color

The Birman is classified as a semi-long haired cat.  They have a long stocky and muscular body.  The Birman face is round, the eyes set wide apart, medium in size, round and always blue.    The coat color is white to cream with colored points Ė similar to the coat patterns of the Siamese and Color point Persians.  The most common point colors are Seal (dark brown) and Blue (slate gray), followed by Lilac and Chocolate.  Today, new colors and patterns being developed, includes Red and Cream points, as well as Tabby, Tortie, and Tortie-Tabby points.  With age, the coat develops a ďgolden mistĒ of shading, which is more apparent in Seal points.

Fancy Feet

Birmans are most easily identified by their four snow white feet, called gloves.  At shows, they are judged on the symmetry of the gloves, which therefore play an important part when determining whether a kitten is of show quality or pet quality.

Development & Reproduction

Litters average between 2-4 kittens, which are all born pure white.  The body points become visible at about 10 days, but it can be up to 12 weeks or more before a true evaluation of the show quality of the kitten can be made.  Slow to mature, the Birman does not achieve full growth in size and bone structure and coat until its third year.

Low Maintenance

Often compared to rabbit fur, the Birman has a very soft, silky coat that rarely mats, making it very simple to maintain.  A quick combing every few days is all that is needed to keep your Birman looking immaculate.

Character & Temperament

The wonderful relaxed and patient nature of the Birman makes them easily adaptable to their environment.  Very affectionate and faithful, they enjoy interacting with people and each other, talking a lot with a soft, cooing voice.  Polite and dignified, the Birman rarely finds it necessary to raise its voice when conveying its thoughts and wishes.  The direct, sustained eye contact and facial expressions are usually enough to force its owner into submission, because a Birmans wish is its humanís command.  They are loyal and devoted seldom letting you out of sight for   long.  They love to follow you from room to room assisting in your daily chores.  Sometimes a lap cat, but always a people cat, most Birmans will place themselves within petting distance.  If you like the beauty and elegance of a longhaired cat, dramatic contrast of a color pointed cat, and would enjoy an intelligent and devoted companion and friend, the Birman might just be the breed for you. 

"Itís Just a Cat"

From time to time people tell me, "lighten up, itís just a cat," or "thatís a lot of money for just a cat." They donít understand the distance travelled, the time spent or the costs involved for "just a cat".

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a cat".

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a cat" but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a cat" and, in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a cat" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think itís "just a cat" then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise" or "just a promise".

"Just a cat" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a cat" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.

Because of "just a cat" I will rise early, stay in all day and look longingly to the future.

So for me, and folks like me, itís not "just a cat" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a cat" brings out whatís good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that itís not "just a cat" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human"

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a cat" just smile.......because they "just donít understand".

Author Unknown

Once a Birman enters your life, they are in your heart forever!

 

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