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Burmese

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Burmese

The Burmese is a medium-sized cat with good muscular development. They have a surprising weight for their size and have been described as "bricks wrapped in silk." The head is pleasingly round without flat planes. The face is full with considerable breadth between the eyes. The muzzle is short and there is a visible nose break. The chin is firmly rounded, reflecting a proper bite. The ears are medium in size, broad at the base and rounded at the tips. The ears contribute to an alert appearance. The paws are round and the tail is straight. The coat is fine and glossy, with a satin-like texture. Burmese coat colors include sable, champagne, blue and platinum.

Temperament Burmese are extremely people-oriented. Their personalities are almost dog-like as they have the tendency to follow their owners in order to give and receive affection. They love warm laps and caressing hands and delight in cuddling up in bed either under the covers or on top of their favorite persons. They are good with children, will tolerate the family dog, and most will enjoy traveling in a car if introduced at an early age. This breed should come with a warning as they are very addictive ? like potato chips ? you cannot have just one! Their eyes are very persuasive weapons which can be used to hypnotize their owners into life-time love affairs.
Weight Male 8-11 lbs. ; Female 6-9 lbs.
Health Problems The Burmese shares an unfortunate trait with the Bombay. The "Burmese Craniofacial Defect" which is a genetic disorder that affects the development of the skull in the fetus. If kittens are born with this defect, they must be euthanized at birth.
Living Conditions Burmese should never be let outdoors as they are very trusting and have little, if any, survival skills.
Exercise The Burmese is lively and deceptively heavy due to their muscularity. They continue to be playful long into adulthood and old age. They are very active indoors.
Life Expectancy Up to 15 years
Grooming The Burmese coats are very short, satin-like in texture, and generally require little grooming other than daily petting.
Origin The Burmese breed originated from Thailand. All Burmese can trace their ancestry to a walnut brown, female cat named Wong Mau. Through selective breeding to Siamese, it was established that the Burmese was a distinct breed.