Burmese Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

Burmese Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

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Burmese Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

Race history

The Burmese is from Southeast Asia, from Thailand to be more specific. We find traces of it several centuries BC. During the Ayudhya period, a cat of a copper color detonated. This description is strangely similar to the Burmese as we know it when it first appeared in 1930.

The first Burmese comes from a cross between Wong Mau, a dark Siamese imported from Burma into the United States by Dr. Thomson, and a Siamese. Another cross gave a rather dark brown cat that took the name of Burmese. Be careful, this breed of cat should in no way be confused with the Sacred Burma .

Over the years, there has been a noticeable difference between the US Burmese and the British Burmese, which has continued to mutate thanks to research by British researchers. These brought a variety of more important colors recognized by the standard. Off the Channel, it is also a cat very popular with the English.

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Burmese Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

Physical characteristics

His body : The English Burmese is lighter, lighter than his American cousin. It has a beautiful frame, but it is less solid than the American Burmese. In both cases, they are medium-sized cats, all in muscle. Their chest is quite wide and their hind legs are higher than the front legs. The American Burmese has hips and rounded shoulders. 
His hair  : The American Burmese, like English, has a short hair, lustrous and close to the body. The undercoat is almost absent. The fur is lying on the body. 
His color: The standard Burmese is quite strict in this area. Originally, the Burmese is real sepia (Zibeline). It is a dark hazel color that can go as far as warm brown. The belly and neck are slightly lighter. The standard also accepts blue, chocolate, lilac dresses. In English, the roux and the coat “tortoiseshell” are also tolerated. 
His head : That of Burmese American is very rounded. The cheekbones are very visible. There is no flat part. The front is bulging and the stop is very marked. The muzzle is rather short. In contrast, the head of the British Burmese is more triangular. The cheekbones are also quite tall and well marked. For the rest, it has the same characteristics as its cousin across the Atlantic.
His eyes : They are big enough, well spaced and yellow in color. Note that green and blue are not accepted by the standard. Their upper line is oblique and their lower line is rounded. 
His ears : The ears of Burmese are of average size. They are a little rounded and leaning forward. 
Its tail : It is medium in size and has a rounded tip.  

Behavior and character

Potential to play 
Tendency to meow 

The English Burmese is a calm cat , quite sweet and delicate . It is perfect for family life , as he enjoys being in the company of his master and his adoptive family. He can not bear loneliness , and will need human presence or that of another animal like a dog . He is seeking recognition . This cat is curious , very intelligent , which makes it easily docile . He educates himself very simply. He is afraid of nothing , sometimes mischievous and has a verysensitive . It is a very sociable breed , which does not fear the meeting with its congeners or the other animals. Big advantage, it never meows almost never, which makes it very appreciated if you want calm in your home. He is just asking for attention , taking care of him and playing with him . His American friend looks like him. Note that both varieties enjoy playing with children .

Living conditions

Cohabitation with children 
Sociable with other animals 
Love foreigners 

The Burmese can be satisfied with a life in an apartment. However, his curiosity and vivacity will be more profitable outside. So, if he can be placed in a house with a garden , it is better for him. He loves adventure and hunting . He can bring his prey back to his master . His master must also be able to show discipline, and bring him all the necessary tenderness, otherwise he could let him know. The Burmese loves to climb . In fact, accessories will be required for him to flourish and feel happy. He also appreciates bright objects. He will try to catch them and it will highlight his dexterity and his agility.



The US Burmese and the British Burmese are not affected by hereditary diseases . This is one of the strongest cat breeds ever. She has no predisposition to develop this or that pathology. Nevertheless, it will be advisable to have its vaccine protected against rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza which are the usual diseases of felines.

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets advises you a Burmese cat insurance .

Life expectancy



The life expectancy of a Burmese is between 15 and 16 years .

Calculate the human age of your Burmese!

Maintenance and hygiene

Easy to groom 
Cost of maintenance 

Cat foremost outside, the Burmese can go astray in branches or sometimes muddy trails. Thus, a small cleaning from time to time of his coat is necessary. Beyond this cleaning, a regular brushing of its coat is recommended, to allow him to preserve its brilliance and its beauty.

The Burmese should be brushed once a week to prevent the formation of hairballs, which could be harmful to his health and digestive tract. It is not a cat that loses a lot of hair, but to keep the softness of its coat and its shiny side, a soft brush is necessary.

Price and budget


Mini800 €

Maxi1200 €

The purchase price of a Burmese is between 800 € and 1200 €.


Mini250 €

Max450 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Burmese is between 250 € and 450 €.


The Burmese is a greedy cat, which is perfectly satisfied with industrial food such as high quality croquettes or pâté , just as it appreciates human food . So, he will never be against good raw meat or fresh vegetables .