The Burmese is a
descended from a specific cat, Wong Mau, who was found in
Burma in 1930 by Dr. Joseph G. Thompson. She was brought to San Francisco,
California, where she was bred with Siameses. This breed was first recognized in
1936 by the CFA. Due to a dispute by Siamese breeders, who regarded the Burmese
as a poorly coloured Siamese rather than a distinct breed, registration was
suspended by the CFA between 1947 and 1953. The breed was recognised by the UK
Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in 1952.
Burmese are clever and playful and many retrieve like this brown Burmese
The Burmese is a foreign shorthair, categorised by colour into brown (or
seal), blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream and tortoise shell. They have yellow
eyes and a very short satiny coat. They are heavier than they look, as they are
very muscular. By the standards of pedigreed cats they are long-lived, many
reaching 16 to 18 years.
Burmese have very strong voices and are very affectionate, forming a strong
bond with their owners. Other characteristics include an inclination to climb
curtains and sit on doors. They are easily trained to use a scratching post to
help conserve the owner's furniture and carpets. Burmese cats are very friendly
and curious even towards complete strangers. They are athletic, brave and
humourous, and may show remarkable ingenuity, particularly in finding warm
places. Burmese cats tend to follow their owners everywhere, even to the point
where they may become a bit disturbing.