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In the early 1930’s, Dr. Joseph Thompson of San Francisco acquired an attractive walnut-brown female from Burma which he named Wong Mau. Through selective breeding to Siamese, it was established that the Burmese is a distinct breed. Lighter colored kittens were occasionally produced and eventually the American breeders requested recognition from CFA for these “dilute” colours; first, as another breed named Malayan, then later as a dilute division of Burmese. The four colours recognized by CFA are: sable, champagne, blue and platinum.






Burmese carry surprising weight for their size and have often been described as “bricks wrapped in silk.” Their coats are very short, satin-like in texture. There is a range in Burmese head and body type : the more compact cats with the rounder heads are seen in the show ring. Burmese have large, expressive eyes that are great pools of innocence and seductive appeal, irresistible in effect. These eyes are their most persuasive weapon in an arsenal of endearing traits that mask an awesome power to hypnotize their owners into life-time love affairs through which they effortlessly rule their families.






As kittens, Burmese are quite lively. They often seem clumsy when they attempt feats beyond their capabilities and land on their rears with solid little thumps. They will be playful well into adulthood. As Burmese grow, their high intelligence emerges and their own individual personalities start to unfold.. If encouraged, many Burmese converse with their humans, using soft, sweet voices (they are neither loud nor raucous). They love warm laps and caressing hands and enjoy cuddling up in bed either under the covers or on top of their favourite persons. They delight in helping to manage the house. Some of their favourite chores are assisting with paper work or reading (by sitting on top of the material), or going into cupboards (to demonstrate where things ought to be).  They are good with children, will tolerate the family dog, and if introduced to it at an early age as something pleasant, most will enjoy travelling in a car. Burmese should never be let outdoors as they are entirely too trusting and have little, if any, survival instinct





Their coats generally require little grooming other than daily petting. Check for clear eyes and noses, clean ears and healthy-looking coats.