Birman cats have long been known for their beauty and for the mystery that surrounds their origin. It is believed that the breed originated in Burma, and dates of their origination flutter between 1898 and 1919. We may never really know where the breed came from, but they are considered sacred in Burma. Here is the legend of how the Birman received the coloring that it has today. “Originally, the guardians of the Temple of LaoTsun were yellow-eyed white cats with long hair. The golden goddess of the temple, Tsun-Kyan-Kse, had deep blue eyes. The head priest, Mun-Ha, had as his companion a beautiful cat named Sinh. One day the temple was attacked and Mun-Ha was killed. At the moment of his death, Sinh placed his feet on his master and faced the goddess. The cat’s white fur took on a golden cast, his eyes turned as blue as the eyes of the goddess, and his face, legs and tail became the color of earth. However, his paws, where they touched the priest, remained white as a symbol of purity. All the other temple cats became similarly colored. Seven days later, Sinh died, taking the soul of Mun-Ha to paradise.”
It’s a beautiful legend, and the Birman definitely lives up to it. They are gorgeous and exotic cats. Their hair is medium to long and silky. Their bodies are long and stocky. Their ears are fairly small when compared to other breeds. The coloring is an eggshell or golden color, and the points are very similar to those in the Siamese; seal, chocolate, blue, red, lilac, or cream are all considered good points in a Birman. Their feet are all white. The white markings on a Birman’s feet are known as “gloves”. In order for a Birman to be a perfect show cat, he must have four “gloves”. Their eyes are probably their most beautiful feature. The color is sapphire, and are almost completely round.
Their personality is gentle. They are active and playful, but will stay out of your way when you are busy, and stay completely quiet. They are very affectionate, and love to be held and cuddled, when you have time for them. If you don’t they are perfectly content to do their own thing until you’re ready for them.
They don’t have any widely known health conditions, so they make an excellent choice for a companion. Their coat, although silky and long, does not require any special grooming, other than a routine brushing, and is not prone to matting.
If you’re looking for a beautiful and loving companion, then the Birman is an excellent choice. They would make a loving and beautiful addition to any family.