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Physical Characteristics
  • Large, long build
  • Silky hair
  • Color is usually light with gold overtones
  • Points of face, legs and tail are darker
  • Round, blue eyes
  • White feet
  • Gentle, active, playful, quiet
Medical Conditions
  • Needs boosters by 12 weeks old
  • Annual vet visit for checkups is important
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • Does best indoors
  • Needs sufficient scratching device
  • Declawing is not recommended
  • Kittens are available after 12-16 weeks
  • Trim nails regularly
Breed History
  • Probably originated in Burma
  • Considered sacred companion cat of the Kittah priests
  • A legend about the Birman cat and its priest describes how it developed its colors
  • The modern breed developed from two Birman cats shipped from Burma to France around 1919
  • World War II almost eradicated the breed, but breeders protected them by crossing with other breeds
  • Recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association in 1967
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) For breed rescue opportunities, visit CFA Breed Rescue Program
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