The Burmese is an ancient breed, coming from Burma. It is a very sociable and affectionate cat, which deserves the name of companion cat. It is said that his personality can be compared to that of a dog, since he is very pleased to live in a family and does not like to be left alone for a long time.
If you are interested in purchasing a Burmese know that it is suitable for people who are already used to the feline lifestyle, people with children or other pets and people who have a more active lifestyle. These sociable kittens can be raised alone as long as they have their daily dose of human attention.
There are several stories from the 15th century related to this race in the Burmese monasteries, with the name "Rajá". Between the 14th and 17th centuries, several manuscripts illustrated cats that resemble the current Burmese. Around 1930 a military doctor probably took the first Burmese from Burma to San Francisco, in the United States. The name of the specimen was Wong Mau, probably a Siamese-Burmese female. In the United States, efforts have been made to carry out crosses in order to increase the number of the breed. The breed was officially recognized in the 1950s, both in North America and Europe.
The first cat of the Burmese breed arrived in England in 1949, although there are records of the entry of brown cats with yellow eyes during the 19th century in the country. The breed standard speaks of an American Burmese, being a compact, massive cat with a round head, while the English Burmese is more slender and with a more triangular head.
The Burmese is a curious and intelligent cat. He has a charming, playful and somewhat communicative personality. His voice is strong, however it is less hoarse than that of the Siamese. He appreciates human companionship, on a daily basis, likes games and attention. Perfect breed to live with children, being tireless and quite tolerant companions for them, and other animals. With other cats it is usually dominant. Because they are active and intelligent, it is important that they always have some activity, otherwise they become bored.
His personality is strong, and the Burmese breed he is not usually afraid of anything, because of that it is important to always supervise him, especially outside the home so that he does not take risks. With his sociable way the Burmese does not like to be alone for a long time, loving being on laps, in addition to being incredibly close and loyal to his owner, being a kind of cat-dog. He likes to hunt, so access to a garden makes him very happy, but he can adapt very well to apartment life. It usually becomes calmer as you get older. The Burmese cat likes to observe everything that happens around the house and it is quite common to find him imitating things that he saw some human doing; including hiding belongings of the owner in his favorite places, feeling a lot of interest in shiny objects.
The Burmese is a medium-sized, muscular and compact cat. The American type has a compact body while the English type has a foreign style, elegant and slender, and should never be too similar to Siamese or British. The head of the Burmese American type is rounded, with high cheekbones, the muzzle is short and round, with a break at the level of the nose. The English type has a triangular head with a broad and slightly rounded skull, with other characteristics similar to the American type. The eyes are large, widely spaced and expressive, usually golden yellow in color. The ears are medium in size, inserted slightly apart and tilted forward, the tips are rounded.
THE Burmese cat it has a short hair with a silky and shiny texture, almost no undercoat. Initially the only known color was dark brown, but later other colors were introduced, in chronological order, first came blue, chocolate and lilac appeared together, followed by the color turtle. There are other colors, some only accepted in Europe. The color should be more intense at the extremities (tail, legs and mask), medium in areas such as flanks and attenuated in places of slope such as the abdomen. Tabby or white markings are not desirable. It is common for a Burmese puppy to change the color of its coat until it becomes an adult. The tail is of medium size, tapering towards the rounded tip. Females reach maturity early, around nine months.
They do not need much attention, just brushing weekly to prevent the accumulation of dead hair and maintain its appearance. Brushing your Burmese cat with your fingers daily also helps in this task, in addition to being a pet for the feline.
To date, no health problems have been registered that are characteristic of the Burmese breed, their specimens being considered healthy and resistant.