ELEGANCE AND SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE

Beautiful, with his stunning blue eyes and his soft fur, his sweet and balanced carachter, the Birman will conquer you immediately. He wants from you all the love and respect he deserves, otherwise he is the first to give yourself love and kindness, happy to spend his time with you at all times , equally happy to play with the kids or sleeping in grandparents' arms.

The Birman cat can indeed be described as good-natured cat, loves the company of his humans or , in the absence of anything better, another cat . Becomes attached to the man in a special way , provides a valuable company for the elderly or people who spend a lot of time at home. He's not aggressive at all , doesn't like quarrels or fights and he's not used to pull out the claws . However, it has a very strong personality : his habits have a high priority compared to those of all other members of the family !

 

 

The coat of the Birman cat doesn't need special care because it is silky and has little undercoat so it is difficult to knot: two brushed in a week are enough to keep it in order.
If washed on a regular basis you will manage to keep the coat clean but above all you can avoid yellow gloves.

Because of the shape of the nose, eyes hardly have drains and secretions. They are round , large and of a deep blue color .

Ears are wide at the base , high and spaced .
Legs , large and round , at the base of the foot have the characteristic white glove in the back of the hind legs , ending as an inverted "V" .
Tail is of medium length , is thick and proportionate to the body.
The Birman cat is quiet and suited to apartment living . Often becomes attached especially to a person in the family , sparing however purr and snuggle up to each member thereof. However, iswith that particular person , that he chooses and prefers to establish a relationship of special arrangements made of looks and purrs. The Birman easily get used to stay in different places from home , generally faces no problems traveling in the car and you can take it with you on vacation or to the beach house : what matters is having this wonderful companion near you because he means family !

 


 

 

The Birman cat is believed to have originated in Burma, where it was considered sacred, the companion cat of the Kittah priests. The arrival of the Birman in Europe began in 1919 with two Englishmen, Major Gordon Russell and August Pavie, who were living in France at the time. They received a pair of Birmans from the Kittah people in gratitude for their part in saving the temple from being over run by invading enemies. The male unfortunately died during the journey to his new home, but the female survived the long ocean voyage. She was in kitten on her arrival, this litter produced the first Birmans to be seen in the western world.
In 1925 the Federation of Feline Francaise recognised the Birman as a true breed of pedigree cat. During the war all pedigree cats in Europe suffered a great set back. Of the Birmans that had been born only two now survived, a pair named Orloff and Xenia Kaabaa. The offspring of these pair formed the new foundation of the Birman breed in post war France. other long haired breeds were used to guarantee the continued existence of the Birman, but by the early 1950´s pure Birman litters were being produced from Birman parents.
The controlling body in France began to recognise the potential of this breed on the show bench and by 1955 the Birman was once a gain recognised as a pure bred aristocrat in Europe. From that time on only pure Birmans were bred. It has taken over thirty years of breeding by devotees of this breed to bring the Birman up to the high standard that exists today.

 

 

 


To appreciate the legend of the Birman, one must first visualise the beautiful temples in ancient Burma. The magnitude of the Buddah idols help to impress upon us the deep religious faith the people of this land have. Their belief in the reincarnation of souls and their deep respect and love for their Priests. The watchful and loving care of the one hundred white temple cats is due to their belief that the Priests are returned in the form of the Sacred Cats of Burma after death.
Centuries ago the Khmer people of Asia built beautiful temples of worship to pay homage to their gods. One such temple built many centuries ago was the temple called Lao-Tsun built in honor of Tsu-Kyan-Kse their beautiful goddess. One night the temple was raided by bandits, and in trying to protect the golden statue of their goddess, the High Priest Mun-Ha suffered a heart attack.
As his master lay dying the priests white cat, Sinh sprung to his aid and hissed in defiance at the intruders, the junior priests seeing this were heartened and managed to repel the bandits. Sinh relaxed and gazed up at the statue, as he did the perfect soul of his master suffered the miracle of transmutation and passed into the body of the cat. As the transfer took place, the cat´s body changed to reflect the pale gold of the statue of Tsu-Kyan-Kse, his face legs and tail became the color of the earth and his yellow eyes turned a brilliant sapphire blue. Only his four white feet still resting on his masters body remained unchanged signifying his masters purity.
On the seventh day Sinh also died, carrying with him the perfect soul of his master to Tsun-Kyan-Kse. As peace returned, the remaining priests gathered before the statue to decide who would become the successor, and were amazed to see that the one hundred white temple cats had all taken on the same coloring of Sinh. In complete silence the cats now surrounded the youngest priest, thereby indicating the will of the goddess. From that time onwards, when a priest died, his soul was transmigrated into the body of one of the temple cats, upon the death of the cat the transmutation of the priest became complete.