Burmese History
  • Breed began in 1930 in San Francisco when Dr. Joseph Thompson brought home a walnut-brown female cat he named Wong Mau from Burma and selectively bred her with Siamese males.
  • Breed quickly grew in popularity, but hybrid versions began showing up in cat shows. In response, the Cat Fanciers Association withdrew its recognition of the Burmese in 1947.
  • With pure Burmese lines re-established, the CFA granted championship status in 1957.
Burmese Behavior Concerns
  • Thoroughly enjoys games of fetch, acting like a feline Labrador retriever.
  • Maintains kitten-like energy well into adulthood.
  • Highly intelligent and opinionated and can be stubborn at times.
  • Welcomes the company of children, other cats and dogs.
  • Loves to learn tricks as well as occupy laps.
  • Consider getting two Burmese cats if you work long hours and are away from home because this breed does not like being left alone.
  • Provide toys, scratching posts and sturdy high perches to occupy this breed, especially when left home alone.
  • Can be overly trusting, so supervise this breed outdoors.
  • Enjoys engaging in conversation.
Look of Burmeses
  • Sports a short, satin-to-the-touch coat that comes in sable, champagne, blue, platinum, lilac, fawn, red, cream, chocolate, cinnamon and tortoiseshell patterns.
  • Conveys a look of innocence with its giant, expressive round eyes that are green or golden.
  • Round-shaped Body is medium build, muscular, stocky and sturdy.
Grooming Burmese Cats
  • Requires very little grooming - just stroking the coat daily with your hand will maintain its healthy shine.
Suggested Nutritional Needs for Burmese
  • Noted for being hearty eaters and prone to being overweight, so measure daily food portions.
Fun Facts of Burmeses
  • Not unusual for Burmese to sleep on their backs.
  • Seven cat breed registries accept this popular breed.


Burmese cat breed picture
15 - 20 years
8 - 12 pounds
Burmese Traits
  • Lap Cat
    3 out of 5
  • Intelligence
    4 out of 5
  • Ease Of Training
    3 out of 5
  • Grooming Requirements
    1 out of 5
  • Shedding
    2 out of 5
  • Good With Children
    4 out of 5
  • Good With Dogs
    4 out of 5
  • Chattiness
    4 out of 5