Cat Breeds 101: Burmese!

Cat Breeds 101: Burmese!Photo – Wikipedia – lic. under CC 3.0

As its name implies, the Burmese cat is a breed of domesticated felines that originated from Burma. The breed is believed to be the descendant of a female cat named Wong Mau who was brought to America from Burma. The cat was later crossed with an American Siamese. Eventually, the Burmese cat played a vital role in the development of other breeds such as the Burmilla and the Bombay. [1]

In 1955, the first Blue Burmese cat was born in Britain. In the following years, other colors of the breed emerged such as red, cream, tortoiseshell, platinum, lilac, platinum, and chocolate. [2]

Burmese cats usually have a large and expressive pair of eyes that seem to radiate innocence. This gives them an irresistible appeal which has won many hearts, even among those not fond of cats.

The Burmese breed is generally considered to be friendly. They are the type of cat that remains kitten-like and playful until adulthood. This cat may demand love regularly, but is also known to return all affection. [3] Some fanciers claimed that the breed possesses a number of dog-like characteristics which include their ability to form deep and strong bonds with their owners.

Given their Siamese ancestry, it is not unusual for the Burmese cat to be very vocal. Yet, their voice is sweeter and softer than most cats. Meanwhile, from playful and fearless kittens, this breed may develop into confident and intelligent cats who can charm everyone in the house.

It is also worth noting that this highly intelligent breed of cat thrives on human companionship. In fact, they are not the type that do well when left alone for a long period of time. Nonetheless, they are adored at home for their immense interest in getting involved in whatever their owner is doing.

The Burmese breed is also known to get along well with children. They may also develop a liking toward dogs. These affectionate cats are the type that would follow their owners wherever they go. Cuddling and sleeping next to their owners is not uncommon.

Female Burmese cats act as though it is their position to run and manage the entire household. On the other hand, their male counterparts may prefer lying around the house or on their owner’s lap. [4]

Some fanciers of this breed claim that owning a Burmese cat can be addictive…

The Burmese cats can live for 10 to 16 years.


[1] Julie Murray, Burmese Cats (ABDO, 2002).
[3] Gloria Stephens, Legacy of the Cat (Chronicle Books, 2001).

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1 Comment

  • By Carol Ericsson, January 21, 2017 @ 12:53 pm

    For 20 years + 2 months, I had a beloved Burmese, named Pelle. He not only loved to ride in the car; walked with a harness and leash, but also spoke English… ‘Carol water now’,’Carol car niw’, and ‘Carol can now’… Friends of mine, heard him speak, and his speech was enunciated clearly and distinctly… Blest be his memory… Carol

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