The European Burmese is very similar to the Burmese that we know in North America. In fact, they both originated from the first Burmese introduced in 1930. The distinguishing characteristic between the two breeds is color. The European Burmese has 10 colors and color patterns, the most popular being red, cream, brown-tortie, chocolatetortie, blue-tortie and lilac-tortie.
The additional coloring is thought to be the result of the red gene, that was introduced mostly by accident, by a Siamese from the UK.
While the Burmese has a compact and rounded body type, the European Burmese is a medium sized, graceful and elegant breed with slightly rounded contours. Males normally reach a full grown weight of around 12 pounds, and females generally weight slightly less.
While there are differences between the two breeds, the temperament is the same in both. The European Burmese is a loving and fiercely loyal breed. They are highly people oriented, and make wonderful pets for homes with children. They are also very affectionate to other animals, either dogs or other cats. Of course, they are very content to be the only pet, also, as this gives them more affection and attention.
Although the European Burmese is elegant, don’t confuse this with daintiness. It is a very sturdy and muscular cat. They are by far, not a fragile breed.
Given their beauty and their personality, European Burmese make wonderful house pets. No known serious medical conditions have been noted to date, and a routine brushing of the coat to remove loose hairs is really all the care that’s needed. Besides the constant love and affection, that is. If you are lucky enough to add one of these exquisite treasure to your home, keep it indoors, unless you plan to be out with it. They are very loving, and the fact that they happily co-exist with other animals, could be problematic, as they may trust too much to endure a confrontation with an unknown animal. With up to date vaccinations, and yearly veterinary check ups, your European Burmese will remain a loyal and loving part of your family for many years.