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The Burmese

 

About the BURMESE

The Burmese is lively, curious and happy, very sociable and with lots of energy. It is elegant but yet muscular and it feels heavier thank it looks.

It has a middle sized body with a very rounded chest, long and muscular legs with small, oval paws. The head has broad cheeks, short blunt wedge, rounded skull and distinct stop between nose and forehead. The expressive eyes are widely set and this, together with the round lower line of the form the eyes and the oblique upper line gives the typical “Burmese look”. The eyes should be yellow, but “the look” is more important than the colour.

The shiny coat is very short and with fine silky structure without undercoating, It has a deeper tone on the back and brighter on the stomach. The Burmese is a masked cat even though the mask is not as clear as on for example the Siamese. 

BURMA – history and origin

It is not quite clear who first introduced the Burmese in America. Some believe that it was brought to America from Rangoon, some that it comes from India and not Burma, as the name suggests, while others think that it was brought from Burma to America by a see officer from San Francisco. He owned the first Burmese in America and actually the first in the western world. He can have the last word as he wrote in the article ‘Genetics of the Burmese’: “The first Burmese was a female cat, imported to the USA from Burma by the author, 1930." She was called Wong Mau.

Cat Fancy in the USA at first did acknowledge this brown cat as a new race as it was believed that she was a badly typed Siamese. The theory that it was a completely new race was however supported by several breeders of Siamese and geneticians.

The problem with this experimental breeding was that there was no Burmese male to mate with this new type of cat. As there was no male it was decided to mate Wong Mau with the race most similar to her type, a brown masked Siamese. So with the help of experienced breeders with knowledge of biology and genetics breeding was begun - one single cat, Wong Mau, and an interested group of scientists and experienced breeders.

In 1936 the Burmese was recognized as a race by the American CFA. After the second World War the first Burmese cats were brought to England and these cats became very important for the British Burmese line. Until 1955 all Burmese were still brown – then a blue kitten was born and today there are 10 recognized colours.

 

Freely translated after the source:

 

Sveraks Raspresentation—http://www.sverak.se/SVERAK/Om_katt/Raser/BUR.htm

 

 

 

 

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