Birman Cat: Facts & Trivia

Known as the sacred cats of Burma, the Birman is a long haired, color-pointed cat with white gloves on their paws. Birman are loving, affectionate, moderately active cats that love sitting in your lap or on your keyboard if you are working.

Birman Appearance: 

The Birman are considered medium large cats weighing 7-12 pounds (3.2-5.4 kg). They have striking deep sapphire blue eyes with a strong, muscular body.

 Birman have silky, medium long fur with no undercoat, which makes them much less prone to matting. Despite their long coat Birman do not shed much. A defining characteristic is their pure white “gloves” on their paws. They are always pointed, which comes in seal, blue, chocolate, red and other colors. The kittens are born pure white, with the points developing 7-14 days after birth. 

 Birman have a lifespan of 12-16 years.

Birman Temperament: 

These cats are medium active cats that love to play, follow their owners around, and enjoy taking a nap, especially in their owner’s lap. The Birman is usually quiet and is said to have a soft pretty voice. 

 Birman are great indoor cats, but some are willing to take walks on leash and love splashing in water. These cats love to be held and spoiled.

Other: Legend has it that the Birman received its beautiful sapphire blue eyes from a blue-eyed goddess as a reward for his loving devotion to a temple priest. 

 Studies have shown that Birman have very low genetic diversity.

This breed is recognized by CFA, TICA, AFCA
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