A Brief History of Burmese


The Burmese cat is a breed that has lived for centuries in Burma, Thailand and Malaya. They were found in England in the late 1800s when they were known as Chocolate Siamese, but they were never favored and gradually the breed died out in England and in Europe. All Burmese can trace their ancestry back to one cat named Wong Mau, who arrived in the United States in the 1920s. The Burmese is a compactly built cat with a small round head and wide-set eyes which are yellow or golden. The original color of this cat was a solid sable brown but now they are known to include blue, champagne and platinum colorations. Their coats are short fine texture that darkens from a milk-chocolate color in the kitten to a rich sable brown in the adult. The underside of a Burmese is paler than the coat and the ears, face, legs, and tail may be darker. 

Burmese cats are lively, affectionate, and even-tempered felines. They continue to be playful long into adulthood and even old age. They are also extremely heavy for their size due to their muscularity. Some call the Burmese, "a brick covered by hair".

The European, or foreign, Burmese is an elegant yet not so fragile cat. It is medium sized, has good bone structure and muscular development and very expressive eyes. The major difference between these breeds is the colors: European Burmese can be found in brown, chocolate, red, and cream colors, where the American-type Burmese may only be bred in the traditional four colors.