The Burmese is a strong, sporty cat that holds a surprising amount of weight considering its size.
Burmese coats are short, silky, and very low-maintenance. Despite their relative heaviness, they are elegant and graceful cats with strong muscles and good bone structure. They come in a variety of colours, including sable, champagne, platinum and blue. They have wide-set, large eyes ranging between yellow and amber.
Burmese cats can weigh up to 5.5 kg and can live beyond the age of 15 years old.
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Burmese Cats, like their Siamese ancestors, are intelligent and social cats, though tend to be less talkative than Siamese. They are very playful cats and love being around their family. Almost like dogs, Burmese cats want to be involved in every aspect of their owners’ lives – they’ll follow you around while you do chores, cook meals and watch television. They have been known to even win over “dog people” because of their tendency to shower guests with attention and affection.
They don’t do well when left alone for a long time, unless they have another pet to keep them company. They get along well with children and other pets and make great companions for the whole family.
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The Burmese Cat originated in Burma (known today as Myanmar), though its exact origins are not known for sure. There is a mention of a copper-coloured Burmese-like cat in the ancient Thai Cat Book, written between 1350 and 1767.
The modern cat was founded by Dr Joseph Thompson in 1939 who imported a small, brown female cat to San Francisco. This cat, named Wong Mau, was bred with a Seal Point Siamese and their offspring were the ancestors of the modern Burmese breed.
The breed was developed in Britain in the late 19th century but eventually died out, before experiencing a revival in the 1950s.
As of 2013, according to the Cat Fanciers Association, the Burmese ranks as the 16th most popular breed of cat.