Birman cats are consistently ranked as one of the favorites for house cats because of their gentle personality, fluffy coat, and unique coloring. They are very adaptable and will quickly become a prized member of your family.
History of Birman Cats
The exact origins of Birman cats are unknown, but their other name (Sacred Cats of Burma) offers a hint. Many cat fanciers believe that the cat originated in Burma’s mountains, was brought over to Europe in the early 1900s, and then made its way to the US in the 1960s. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognized the breed in 1967 and has consistently ranked in the top ten cats of the CFA registrations.
Birman Cat Size and Physical Appearance
Birman cats are medium-sized, weighing in at 7-12 pounds. They are most famously known for their color points, usually dark brown, and their little white feet. These markings are often called mittens or gloves and are a favorite characteristic of Birmans. Their coats are long and silky but not quite as long as those of Persians or Ragdolls. But, they have less undercoat, which means they require less grooming and don’t mat as easily. They are also known for their striking blue eyes, which are always on the lookout for their next adventure. Birman bodies are perfect for play, as they are powerful and muscular. The Birman is a little like if a Ragdoll and a Siamese had a baby – a beautiful coat and athletic demeanor. The most common colors of Birman cats are seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac. They can also be tabby-colored or tortoiseshell.
Birman Cat Personality and Temperament
The Birman cat breed, also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma, is a medium to large, semi-longhaired, ivory-colored cat with darker color points on the ears, face, legs, and tail and an overall golden sheen. Among its most distinctive features are pure white paws on all four feet called “gloves,” which are preferably symmetrical. Birmans also have white, v-shaped areas on the hind legs that come to a point on the back of the hock; these are called “laces.” Only Birmans with near-perfect gloves and lace markings are competitive in the show ring. The Birman’s silky coat is less prone to matting than that of the Persian or Himalayan, although it requires more attention than a short-haired cat’s coat. Birmans come in a number of beautiful colors, including solid color points in the seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream; party points in seal-tortie, blue-cream, chocolate-tortie, and lilac-cream; and lynx-points in the seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, cream, seal-tortie, chocolate-tortie, blue-cream, and lilac-cream. Kittens are born almost entirely white. They develop their darker points of whatever color over time. Birmans have round, deep blue eyes set widely above high cheekbones and a slightly Roman-shaped nose. This gives them an especially sweet facial expression. This strikingly beautiful breed gives an overall impression of power and balance.
Birmans have marvelous dispositions. They are friendly, self-assured, extremely inquisitive, and playfully outgoing without being overly pushy. They are known to follow their owners around the house like puppies. Birmans need and appreciate human companionship and are especially fond of children. This is a happy, trusting, and adaptable breed. Its incredible beauty is just the icing on the cake.
Our beautiful Birman kittens are lovingly raised indoors in a warm and happy family environment. Our Birman kittens are handled from day one so they become totally socialized and used to human contact.