In this guide
- Birman Quick Guide
- Birman Video
- About the Breed
- Breed Size & Personality
- Breed Health & Care
- Common Birman Questions
About The Birman Breed
The Birman is often referred to as the “Sacred Cat of Burma”, steeped in lore the cats origin is unknown however some theories include crossing Siamese cats with either Persians or Angoras, as for the location of the first Birman there are cases for France or southeast Asia. Birmans were first imported to the USA in the late 1950s gaining full recognition in the late 1960s.
Birmans usually weigh-in at between 3 and 7kg.
Birmans are the classic chill out cat however this does not mean they are not intelligent and curious. Birmans will develop strong bonds with their owners and will often follow you wherever you go. They have actually been known to be trapped in drains and under floors due their “following” capabilities. They have a delicate voice unlike their Siamese cousins.
Birman cats are generally heathy however as with all pure breeds there are some conditions to be aware of:
- Congenital hypotrichosis, which causes Birmans to be born with no hair. Bear in mind that this is a very rare condition.
- Corneal dermoid or Ocular dermoid, the presence of skin and hair on the surface of the cornea.
- Spongiform degeneration, a progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system causing signs that include hind-limb weakness and uncoordinated movement.
- Shaking and trembling in kittens. This condition begins in some kittens when they are about 10 days old and lasts until they are about 12 weeks old. The cause is unknown and recovery occurs spontaneously.
- Unusually high concentrations of urea and/or creatinine in the blood, which may or may not indicate kidney dysfunction.
Caring for a Birman
Weekly grooming is recommended however the Birmans silky coat has little issues with matting. Birmans shed seasonally when the weather improves so it is important to increase grooming in warmer periods to ensure the coat maintains its silky shine.
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5 Common Birman Questions
We’ve collated answers to some of the most common Birman questions.
Where do Birman cats from from?
It is uncertain, southeast Asia and France are possibilities. It is thought Siamese cats were bred with either Angoras or Persians.
What colour are Birman cats?
Birmans have colour point colouring. They come in blue point, chocolate point, lilac point and numerous other point colours.
How long do they live for?
Expected life span is 14 years.
Are Birman cats hypoallergenic?