Other name: The Sacred Cat of Burma

Photo: adult cat of Birman breed
Photo: kitten of Birman breed
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Life expectancy

The Birman has a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years


Adult size

Female Approximately 12 in
Male Approximately 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 9 lb
Male Between 9 and 13 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Birman costs approximately 500£

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Birman: Origins and history

No one really knows about the Birman’s origin...but there are plenty of rumours. 
One rumour has it that a pair of sacred cats were imported to France by an American billionaire, who had stolen them from the temple of Lao Tsun, in Burma. The male died during the trip, but Sita, the female, gave birth to several kittens including Maldapour Doll, the ancestor of the Western Birman. Maldapour Doll was presented at the Paris exhibition in 1926, but, despite much research, it is impossible to confirm this breed’s origin.

The most likely story is that they originate from crossbreeding between a Siamese (from which it derives most of its characteristics), and a Persian. Today, the Birman is one of the 10 most popular breeds in the world.

Birman: Purchase price

On average, a Birman kitten costs approximately £500. This price may vary depending on their breeder, lineage, age at purchase and even their sex. 
It costs on average £25 / month to keep a Birman in good health.

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