The Burmese is a medium sized cat, with an elegant yet well-muscled body. They are not as large and sturdy as the British Shorthair nor as slender and dainty as the Siamese. They are surprisingly heavy for their size when lifted and this is due to their solid muscular physique. The head is carried on a medium neck and is in proportion to the body. In profile the head is deep from the top of a domed skull to the lower jaw. The brow is rounded. The nose will show a distinct break and the tip of the nose will be level with the chin. The chin is deep and firm. Viewed from the front the face resembles a short blunt wedge with wide cheekbones tapering to the muzzle. The ears are set well apart with a rounded dome between and are broad at the based with a rounded tip and are tilted slightly forward. The outer line of the ears continues smoothly into the line of the face although in mature males who have developed jowls this may not be so apparent. The eyes are set well apart with the top line slanting towards the nose and the bottom being rounded. The eyes are large and lustrous and may be any shade of yellow but a golden yellow is preferred. However the eye colour of Burmese is very sensitive to variations in light quality and under certain light sources the eyes may appear quite a different colour. The legs are slender and the paws are neat and oval in shape. The tail is straight with no kinks or bumps and ends in a rounded paintbrush tip. If the tail is the correct length it will reach to the shoulder when brought round the side of the body.
||The short glossy coat is a distinctive feature of the Burmese. The coat is fine and lies close to the body. The Burmese cat comes in ten colours but in all colours the underparts will be lighter than the back and the shading will be gradual. There is no notable masking as in the Siamese. The coat is free from bars and spotting although the presence of a few white hairs is permissible. The coat colour will gradually pale towards the roots. Kittens will not show their true colour until they are adult. A summary of coat colours follows: - 'Brown' - A rich, warm, seal brown shading very slightly on the underparts, the paw pads and nose leather will be dark brown. 'Blue' - A soft, silvery blue grey with a distinct silver sheen on rounded areas, variations in shade of blue are allowed. The paw pads will be pinkish grey and the nose leather dark grey. 'Chocolate' - A warm milk chocolate with as even a colour as possible. Masking should be minimal and degrees of shading are allowed from the milkiest coffee to almost Bourneville but the coat should never be as dark as the brown. Paw pads will be brick red to chocolate and the nose leather warm chocolate brown. 'Lilac' - A pale delicate dove grey with a pinkish hue. Paw pads and nose leather a pinkish grey. 'Red' - Varying shades of tangerine with paler shading on the underparts, some very slight tabby markings are allowed on the face. Paw pads and nose leather will be pink. 'Cream' - A coat colour like clotted cream with a powdered finish. Again some slight tabby markings are allowed. Paw pads and nose leather pink. 'Torties' - Torties can be brown, blue, lilac, or chocolate hair mixed with red or cream hairs. The paw pads and nose leather will reflect the main colour. The colours should be well mingled but blazes of solid colour and solid legs and or tails are allowed.
||The Burmese cat is quite long lived and ages of eighteen to twenty years are quite common. Even elderly Burmese will behave like kittens once in a while and have a mad moment charging around the house like a thing possessed. Once the Burmese reaches the age of about eight it is perhaps wise to have your vet. check the cat over once a year. Your vet. may recommend teeth cleaning to help prevent gum disease and a blood test to check liver and kidney function but it must also be remembered that cats do not always react well to general aneastethics and these should be kept to a minimum for routine work.
Burmese cats are quite robust healthwise and are not really susceptible to any particular problems. Like any breed of cat they do need to be vaccinated regularly against cat flu and feline enteritis. They should also be wormed regularly against roundworm and tapeworm especially if they are allowed out to hunt. If your cat is allowed outside, external parasites such as fleas, lice, ticks and mites can be a problem but they are easily dealt with by using the modern preparatory treatments.