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American Burmese cat
Federations: CFA, TICA

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History of “American Burmese cat”

The race Burmese Modern was developed in the United States and Great Britain under different breed standards. Such an unusual breeding program resulted in the development of a number of different characteristics between the two groups., but most cat registries still do not formally recognize them as distinct breeds.

The breed was recognized by the Cat Hobbyists Association (CFA) in 1936, but it was discontinued a decade later due to extensive crossings with Siamese triggered by increased popularity. American breeders continued to refine the single standard of the Burmese cat, and the CFA eventually lifted the suspension in 1954. At the same time, British breeders tried to breed Burmese cats through a distinct breeding program comprised of a variety of cats, including some imported from America.

In 1952, the European Burmes cat was finally recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) of United Kingdom. The GCCF prohibited crossing with the American Burmese cat in an effort to preserve the line “traditional”. Today, the American and European versions of the breed are kept strictly genetically differentiated.

Physical characteristics

American Burmese
Charlie, Sabal American Burmese cat – Digitalzen, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The European Burmes cat (the Burmese “traditional” or british) has a long slim body, long legs and oval legs. The head is wedge-shaped with a long snout and almond-shaped eyes.. The tail is usually medium long.

The American Burmese cat (the Burmese “contemporary”) it has a much more robust body and its legs are proportional to the body. The head is much wider, the shorter and flattened muzzle and the eyes are round. The ears are wider at the base compared to the British variant. The shape of the legs and the length of the tail are similar in both groups..

Both the European Burmese cats like americans are small to medium size, and usually weigh between 4 and 6 kg. They are always very muscular and strong, so they often feel heavier when held than they actually are. Hence his nickname “silk wrapped brick”.

The coat is always short, silky and shiny. Originally, all Burmese Cats were deep dark brown (sable en EE.UU., brown in the UK and Australia and seal in New Zealand), but today a wide range of colors is allowed.

The standard sable color is the result of the so-called Burmese gene (cb) causing a reduction in pigment production. This distorts the usual expression of color creating a faded color dot effect. (that is to say, turns black coloring to brown). But, color must always be solid, only with a slight, faint tint towards the lighter underparts. Their eyes are green and gold and no stains are allowed on the coat.

Character and skills

The Burmeses they make excellent companion animals due to their affectionate nature, affectionate and playful. They are considered attention seekers and tend to cling to their human companions whenever they can.. Due to its clingy personality and puppy-like behavior, the Burmeses are often regarded as the dogs of the cat world.

These people-oriented cats tend to maintain their energetic and playful kitty personality into old age as well.. Like their ancestors Siamese, the Burmeses they are very vocal, loving and sweet. They are not independent and do not like to be alone for a long time. They get along very well with children and other pets, including dogs.


Some published studies have recognized that Burmese cats, among other races, are at increased risk of diabetes (Cooper RL et al, 1997-2007 y Ohlund M et al, 2015). Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder in which blood sugar levels remain high for long periods of time. This occurs when not enough insulin is produced in the body or the body does not respond to it..

It has also been identified and associated with Burmese cats hypokalemia, a recessive genetic disease characterized by low serum potassium levels. Apart of this, the race Burmese it is considered a fairly healthy and strong breed, with a half-life of 10 to 17 years.

Data from “Burmese cat”

1. The Burmese breed name in Thai means “handsome, lucky and splendid looking”. We think these elegant and good-looking cats are worthy of this title.

2. To the Burmeses they love to investigate. Call a Burmese curious would be a bold euphemism. This is the cat that will be attentive to absolutely everything and everyone around him. With a Burmese, you will have the most committed and involved supervisor in almost everything you do.

3. They're the best friends. They are said to look a lot like puppies, and his kindness is definitely one of them. They adore their kittens, other cats and dogs, and they will be happier when you are home. They are known to even comfort their humans when they are sick or sad.

4. They do not adapt well to the outside. This curious cat is overconfident and easily gets into trouble. His survival skills aren't among the best in the feline world, either.. For this reason, in general, it is not recommended to let them roam freely outside.

5. Together with the Siamese, were the founders of the Tonkinese cat. The Tonkinese cat were created in Canada through a crossover program between the Siamese and the Burmese cat, with the aim of creating the perfect combination of the best characteristics of the two breeds. The Tonkinese was officially recognized as a breed in 2001.

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