Burmese Cat Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics

A brief review of the history of the Burmese cat, and an overview of its personality and traits.


The beautiful Burmese cat was established in the 1930s by a man named Dr.Thompson.

Though the current breed originated from Thompson’s cat, Wang Mu, the breed probably existed before the 1930s, because in 1903, Frances Simpson described two variants of a Siamese cat he saw being exhibited in England.

One of these variants was “chocolate” colored, which is the most common color of the modern Burmese breed. Whether the breed had existed earlier or not, in the 1930s, Dr.Thompson’s cat Wang Mu was the only one around her type. With the help of three geneticists, Dr. Thompson mated Wang Mug with a seal point Siamese cat, Tai. This first mating produced three types of kittens; Siamese colored, sable, and brown. Only the brown-colored where retained and bred.

In the showing the Burmese cat is judged by two different standards - the American and the European. The main difference in the two standards is the number of colors. In the European Burmese standard there are ten accepted colors including, red, cream, brown-tortie, chocolate-tortie, blue-tortie, and lilac-tortie. The American Burmese standard on the other hand only accepts three colors; sable, champagne, and platinum.

Both the American and European Burmese are elegant cats, but without being fragile. Weighing between 8 and 12 pounds, the Burmese is a hard and muscular, making it heavier than it looks. They are known for their short, stain like fur and large expressive eyes. Because they’re shorthaired, they require little in the way of grooming and are therefore, easy to care for.

Lively while kittens, the Burmese retain this playfulness even into adulthood. They are also highly intelligent and charming. If encouraged, a Burmese cat will often converse with its owners using a soft, sweet voice. Their meow is never loud, or raucous. Because of their lively nature, and tolerance the Burmese are usually good with children and dogs. Also, if introduced early, Burmese cats will adjust well to travel. Burmese cats are a good breed for someone who doesn’t mind having their cat take part in most household duties.

Whether you’re working on the computer or putting away groceries, the Burmese cat will usually find some way to involve itself. Extremely people-oriented, the Burmese cat will be almost dog-like in their habit of shadowing their owners. Because of this, they are a breed that needs a lot of care and attention. They are not good outdoors cats because they are too trusting and have no survival instinct. They wouldn’t know what to do in a catfight, or how to avoid a car.

If you do decide the Burmese are the breed for you, then be sure to find a reputable breeder to buy from. The breeder's home (or kennel) should be clean and relatively odorless. Make sure the kittens themselves are energetic, curious, and easily handled. Their eyes, noses, and ears should be clean and the coats healthy-looking. The price for a Burmese kitten will depend on the individual bloodlines and type. A show quality kitten will be more expensive than a pet quality one. Even for a simple pet, expect to pay somewhere around $200. This affectionate and spirited companion is well worth the price.