From the name we’ve already known where this cat breed came from, yes that’s true, Birman Cats came from Burma. These cats formerly resided in temples. There was a belief that if the cat is dead, the spirit of this special cat will be accompanied by a priest’s spirit.
According to a historical record. Birman cat began to spread around the world, such as the Ragdoll in 1919. There were two French people namely Auguste Pavie and Gordon Russell who won a pair Birman cats as presents for helping the priests of the temple. But unfortunately, the male cat died on the way, but luckily the female cat was pregnant.
Although finally, they had time to grow in 1925, due to the economic recession and world war, the breeds were shrunk.
But after the end of the second world war, slowly but sure, the Birman cat was finally growing again. Until finally in 1966, the English acknowledged the cats as a kind of pure Birman cats.
Birman cats that we know nowadays are not like other Asian cat breeds, they are the result of crossbreeding of European Longhair Cat which is Persians, so they have a long medium hair.
Appearance characteristics of Birman Cats
- Birman cats body are straight and long, supported by strong legs. Weighing between 4-6 kg or around 8.8 lbs.
- Birman cat’s head is wide and rounded, the nose has a little indentation.
- The eye is nearly round and blue.
- Unlike the Abyssinian cats who have long ears, Birman cats’ ears are medium size with a curved tip.
- Like other big cats, Birman cat has slow growth. Birman kittens are white at birth. They begin to show a particular color on the second day until the fourteenth day. It will take more time until their quality began to appear. At the age of 18 months, the Birman cat begins to be mature but their maximum growth is until they are three years old.
- This cat breed should not be crossed, and they are only approved when bred with the same breed.
#Hair Color Pattern and Size
Similar with Siamese, Birman cats have the color pattern which is known as “Colourpoint” (dark color on the ears, face, tail and four legs) unless all four feet and paws (paw) which are bright. Their body hair color is paler than the color points on both ears, face, legs, and tail. To be sure, typical Birman cat has a white color on the fourth toe. This white color pattern should be symmetrical and does not exceed the ankle.
The most common hair colors of Birman cat is seal-point and blue-point. However, some international cat association also recognizes several other acceptable color points for the level of breeding and show, such as red point, lilac point, cream point, chocolate point and lynx point (stripe-camouflage).
Colorpoint on the front foot to above of the elbow and the hind legs are joined with the hips. There’s lighter color on the inner side of the foot.
The bright color feet is typical of Birman cats. Preferably, if the white color is spread evenly on the fourth toe.
Their hair is not too long and smooth as silk. The cats have short hair around the face but on the outside of the cheek is longer with a thick hair neck. They have somewhat curly hair around the abdomen. Their hair is not easy to wrinkle.
The hair on the neck and tail is fully grown, thick and smooth. Tail and neck hair of the most prominent is thick and smooth.
#Behavioral Characteristics of Birman
- These cats are very fond of humans.
- They are relatively intelligent and very close to their owners. The cats are happy to spend time with their owners, interacting, watching, approaching or even helping anything which is done by the owner. They welcome the owner coming home and can be enthusiastic when hearing the owner’s step closer.
- Birman cats’ temperament is very sweet, playful but not too active, can be also easily adapt to other pets such as dogs or other cats.
- These cats are loving, loyal and like to mingle.
- Other suitable words to describe this beautiful cat is sociable, fun, beautiful, playful, and inquisitive.
Birman cats are still difficult to find. Although the fans are increases in a decade, the kittens of Birman cat are still somewhat difficult to adopt without maximal searching effort.