Seal point, blue point, chocolate point, lilac point
The Birman’s sweet and gentle nature makes her an ideal companion and pet. Birmans are playful and love to be with people, and are also patient and social with children and other pets.
While Birmans tend to be fairly quiet, they will “talk” with soft, chirping voices. They enjoy attention, and want to be where their people are, helping with whatever activity is happening.
Birmans are generally healthy cats, especially from a reputable breeder. Like many other cat breeds, they are at risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common type of heart disease in cats. Responsible breeders will screen for this genetic condition, but it may not develop in cats until later in life.
The Birman legend begins in the temples of Burma (now Myanmar), where their ancestors were said to be the carriers of the souls of departed priests.
Around the beginning of the 20th century, a pair of Birman cats was transported from Burma to France. Sadly, the male cat died during the ocean voyage, but the female arrived pregnant with his offspring, bringing the Birman breed to Europe.
The breed almost became extinct after WWII, but breeders revived it. The Birman breed arrived in the United States in 1959 and was registered with The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1967.
A cat of mystery and legend, the Birman was the sacred cat of Burma, believed to be the companions of the priests of the temple.
Like all color point cats, Birman kittens are born all white and develop their color as they mature.
Birman cats do not reach full maturity until they are 3 years old.