The Burmese is the god-eyed sepia beauty of the cat fancy.Description:At present the Burmese are bred to be cobby cats with short muzzles and a nose break. Some breeders are working with the red gene by bringing the Burmese of Europe into the United States. The introduction of the red gene into the gent pool has brought cream and all the torties. The red sepia is tangerine in color and quite beautiful; sepia cream is tan cream.The Burmese is a pointed cat. The point is not easily seen on the sable, but is more readily seen on the other colors. In some organizations, sable may be the only color recognized color. In TICA, the Burmese is recognized in sable, blue sepia, chocolate sepia and frost sepia.The overall impression of the ideal Burmese is a cat of medium size, substantial bone structure, good muscular development and a surprising weight for its size. This, together with its expressive eyes and sweet face, presents a very distinctive cat, compared to no other breed. Everything about the Burmese is round. The head should be rounded without flat planes; a rounded forehead and a full face with a round short muzzle. There should be considerable breadth between the round, yellow-to-gold eyes. In profile. there should be a visible break in the line of the nose. The medium-sized ears are set well apart.The cobby body should be muscular with a well-developed chest. The legs of medium lengh and boning, with sturdy musculature. The medium-length tail should not be whippy. The close-lying short coat should be fine, glossy and satin-like in texture.
All contemporary Burmese cats trace their ancestry to a Tonkinese. Wong Mau, brought to the United States by Dr. J. Thompson. Dr. Thompson was interested in the unique color of Wong Mau, and in order to explore it, bred her to a seal point Siamese. The resulting kittens were Siamese, and Tonkinese. The Tonkinese resulting from this breeding, if bred together, or, one of the Tonkinese males bred back o Wong Mau, produced the following kittens: one sepia color, two mink and one pointed. Such was the start of the Burmese breed as we know it today.The early Burmese were different from today?s, having longer heads and bodies and fine bones. In 1947, the Cat Fanciers Association stopped recognizing the Burmese for championship status because they were not descended the three generations of ?Burmese?. It was not until 1953 that they were once again allowed championship status. The semi-foreign type of Burmese of the 1950s remained until ether 1960s, when breeders started changing the type to the shorter, cobby Burmese seen today.
Burmese are well know for their adaptability. They are as comfortable in apartment life as they are in country living. These cats are extremely calm. The breed as a whole is rather quiet in voice. They are easy to care for, needing only an occasional grooming with a fine-tooth comb, and even better, a rubdown from their owner?s hand, which they love. They make excellent pets, and are loyal and affectionate.
Southern Alberta Cat Fanciers - Rene Copeland