Playful, loving, vocal and social, the Burmese is one of the most dog-like of cats. Chloe Schneider learns more.
In comparison with some other breeds, the Burmese doesn’t have a particularly long history to be told. Most Burmese cats are descendants of just one small brown cat, Wong Mau, that was taken from Burma to America in 1930. This history-making kitty was bred with an American Siamese, and thus the Burmese was born.
Originally all Burmese cats were a dark-brown colour sometimes referred to as sable, but today they are available in a wide variety of hues including seal, blue, red, cream, champagne and even tortoise-shell. No matter the colour, the coat is very short, fi ne and glossy, while the colour is consistent with only ever very faint colourpoint markings. Burmese cats whether the stockier American variety or the more slender British beauty, are known for their good looks.