Meet the Birman

BirmanThe ideal Birman is a large, long stocky cat. It has long, silky hair, not as thick as the Persian, and does not mat.

The color of the coat is light, preferably with a golden cast, as if misted with gold. The “points” are darker, similar to the Siamese and colorpointed Persian. The very distinctive white feet are ideally symmetrical.

BirmanThe unique white color of the feet and up the back of the hind legs are probably what draw the most attention from spectators at cat shows. They are referred to as “gloves” and “laces.”  The “gloves” on the front feet, if perfect, go across in an even line, and the “laces” on the hind feet end in a point up the back of the leg.

Birmans are often referred to as “middle of the road” cats. Of course, there are variations among the breed, but they do not tend to be as active as shorthaired breeds such as Abyssinians, nor as laid back as some of the other longhaired cats such as Persians.

Birmans have semi-long, silky hair that is not inclined to mat because of its texture. Consequently, frequent grooming is not necessary. However, it is a good idea to comb out the coat a few minutes a day as part of the attention your cat receives on a regular basis.

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