The Birman is a breed of domestic cat. This breed has a pale cream coloured body and coloured points of Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Lynx or Red Factor colors on the legs, tail and face. The body type varies from Persian-type to Siamese-type. Birmans differ from conventional colour-point cats with their white paws called mittens. The coat is medium-length, not as long and thick as a Persian's, and does not mat.
The Birman is said to have originated in western Burma; and certainly cats with similar markings are recorded in documents from ancient Thailand. One story claims that a pair was given as a gift to an Englishman named Major Gordon Russell and his friend August Pavie by the priests of the Khmer people; another that the cats were acquired by an American named Vanderbilt from a servant who had once been at the temple of Lao-Tsun where the cats were kept as sacred animals. Two cats were shipped to France in approximately 1919. The male died in transit, but the female was pregnant and gave birth to a litter of kittens in France. These formed the basis of a breeding program and the breed was registered with the French Cat Registry in 1925. The Birman breed was almost wiped out during World War II. Only two cats were alive in Europe at the end of the war, and they had to be heavily outcrossed and rebred to rebuild the breed. The restored breed was recognised in Britain in 1965 and by the American Cat Fanciers' Association in 1966.
In reality modern western Birmans are a hybrid of Siamese and Persian breeds and may differ considerable from Burma temple cats from which they originally obtained their white mittens.
Birman Cats make wonderful companions due to their quiet temperament, affection towards owners, and, surely, beauty. The Birman Cat is close to appearance to the Persian. Yet, Birmans are easier to care for since their coat does not mat. The Birman cat is easily recognized by its bright blue eyes. These cats have intelligent alert expression and are always there for you
The breed is very popular in the United States. Though it has a long history, the Birman Cat appeared in the country in 1959. In a few years, Birmans became the darlings of the feline world. Nowadays, Birman Cats are the third longhaired breed mostly loved in the United States. Litter size of the Birman Cat is about three kittens. It is believed that breeding this pet is not very profitable. However, prices depend on a variety of factors and some Birman Cats are really expensive
The cost of a kitten is predetermined by its pedigree and quality. Appearance and personality is what matters when choosing a kitten. Kittens that stem from champion bloodlines cost more. Desirable titles are Grand Champion (GC), National or Regional winners (NW and RW), and Distinguished Merit ancestry (DM). This title is awarded to dams that have given birth to 5 Birmans bearing CFA grand champion or DM title. Distinguished Merit title is also given to males that have produced 15 offspring with the titles mentioned above
Happy are the owners who chose a Birman Cat as a pet. This breed is very easy to groom. It requires minimum care since the coat does not mat. In terms of food, the Birman Cat is also easy to take care of. It is recommended to feed Birmans good quality dry food. This breed does not tend to become overweight. Birman Cats are also very healthy
Birman Cats are beautiful semi-longhaired cats whose history is filled with mystery and legends. Although the exact origin of the breed is unknown, the cat probably comes from Burma. There, the Birman Cat was considered sacred and was bred as a companion pet for Kittah priests
The Birman Cat is known to make a wonderful pet. It is sweet and active, yet quiet, with a soft-spoken voice. What attracts many people to Birman Cats is the fact that the breed tends to be people-oriented. It enjoys human company and shows true interest in everything its owner does. Affectionate and beautiful, the Birman Cat is the third popular feline breed in the United States