The origin of the Burmese cat can be traced to one cat named “Wong Mau”. This brown cat from Burma was bred by Dr. Joseph Thomson in 1930s from a Seal Point Siamese cat called Tai. More selected breeding were done until a breed with a unique genetic background was developed.
There are two strains of Burmese cats, the American Burmese and the European Burmese. These two strains of Burmese are now treated as separate breeds. The Western (American) standard coats are sable, champagne, blue and platinum. While the contemporary breeds of Burmese cats in Europe and UK have coats of cream, red, lilac and four shades of tortoise-shell.
Burmese cats look elegant with their short, silky fur, medium rounded body and oval-shaped paws. Their eyes are typically yellow and dramatically stunning. Burmese are surprisingly heavy for their size.
Like Siamese, Burmese cats are very tame. Having this breed of cat is almost like having a dog because of its playful and active qualities. They can fetch a ball like a dog and like to tag on with their owners in all places. They can be a wonderful pet to a big family and can go well with children, other house pets and can even interact with house guests. The Burmese are also intellectual and emotional pets that can be easily trained to simple tricks and enjoy to be cuddled in bed.
They are great choice to give as a gift because they tend to like people. They can go along with people they don’t know. Unfortunately, because of this same tendency and their very little survival nature, they must be always kept indoors for their own sake.