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Description of Burmese

´╗┐The Breed History

This breed is thought to have originated in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) where brown cats referred to as "Rajahs" were documented. Thai 16th century writings portray similar cats. In North America, the foundation dark sable female named Wong Mau was brought over to California in the late 1920s. She is believed to have been a Tonkinese (Burmese-Siamese cross). Modern Burmese cats are thought to derive solely from Wong Mau. Her offspring were of three coat types; the type with sable coloring was selected for the next generation.

The American Burmese type is distinct from the European Burmese. The latter is found in Europe, Australasia and South Africa and is a much more angular cat-the head is more wedge shaped and these cats are longer, and lithe in build. Additional colors are accepted in non-CFA registries-those other colors were termed Malayan in the USA. The CFA considers the American and European as two breeds. In the American fancy, the Burmese is further subdivided into Traditional cats, with more elongated head and the Contemporary cats, with a rounder more brachycephalic head. The latter gained popularity in the 1970s. No outcrossing is allowed in CFA.

The CFA accepted the Burmese breed in 1936, disallowed them for a while, and again reinstated them in the early 1950s, with full championship status by 1957. Only sable coloring was accepted by CFA until the late 1980s, at which time the accepted color spectrum was expanded to four colors. Malayans were separately registered from 1979-1984.

Burmese cats have played a role in development of other breeds incuding the Burmilla (Chinchilla Persian X Platinum Burmese), Tiffany (Longhaired Burmese), Bombay (Black Shorthair X), and Tonkinese (Siamese X).

Physical Characteristics

Weight: 8-13 lb (3.5-6 kg); females smaller than males Coat: A distinctive breed characteristic is their very high gloss and thick close-lying shorthaired coat; satin-like in texture. Colors include sable (also termed usual, or brown), frost or platinum (lilac), champagne (honey-beige), and blue (a warm grey color). Minimal undercoat is present. All coat colors are lighter on the ventral aspect of the cat and darker fur is often found around the face (mask), tail, feet and ears. The mask and points should be minimal in mature cats. Burmese sable points are recessive (cb cb). Young sable cats will darken as they mature.

Eyes: They possess large yellow or gold eyes, round in shape. In CFA, green eyes penalize and blue eyes disqualify. The FIFe registry allows green eyes.

Points of Conformation: Conformation is similar to the Bombay cat, though Burmese are smaller, lighter in build and the rounded head is proportionately smaller. A medium-small sized cat; compact and heavy for their size, the Burmese's round head shape and nose break conformation is a breed characteristic. The body is short-coupled, the medium length tail is fine and tapers, whisker pads prominent, muzzle is short-medium, ears are medium-small, and round tipped. The feet are small, and round-oval. Most points of the cat's conformation are round.

Grooming: Low grooming needs are required for Burmese cats-just a hand or chamois wipe or soft brush weekly.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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