The Birman breed is said to have originated in Burma (Myanmar), where they were kept by priests and considered sacred. One legend says that a Birman once saved a temple from destruction. Another tale tells of a pure white Birman with golden eyes, who guarded its master, a particularly holy priest. When the priest died, it is said his pure soul passed into the cat, which is why Birmans' feet are white, manifesting his purity.
In the early 20th century two Birmans were transported from Myanmar to France. One of them was a pregnant female, and she was the ancestor of the modern breed.
The Birman was officially recognized as a distinct breed in 1925. The breed declined in the second world war, though, until just a few individuals remained in France. After the war breeding programs brought them back from the brink. Thanks to dedicated breeders and owners, the Birman is today a popular and widespread cat.
The Birman is a gentle, chilled out, affectionate cat. Due to its laidback nature, it will thrive both on its own or with other cats and pets. They are quite vocal when you show them some attention, but a lot of the time they remain the very picture of calm and quiet. Being affectionate and cuddly, they make fantastic lap cats, and love being stroked.
All color points with white feet.
- Status: Common
- Place of Origin: Myanmar
- Rough date of Origin: 1920s
- Hair length: Longhair
- Activity Level: Medium
- Vocalness: Low
- Child friendly: Good with children
- Playfullness: Relaxed
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Weight: 4.5 - 8.0kg
- Size: Medium
- House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
- Pet Compatibility:
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