Other name: Malayan

Photo: adult cat of Burmese breed
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Life expectancy

The Burmese has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years


Adult size

Female Between 10 and 11 in
Male Between 11 and 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 11 lb
Male Between 9 and 13 lb
Coat colour
Brown Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Burmese costs between £400 and £700

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More details about the Burmese

Burmese: Origins and history

From as early as 1350, a collection called "book of cat poems" which extended over the following four centuries already described a cat resembling this breed. But the certainty of this breed’s birth rests on their ancestor, a Tonkinoise cat called Wong-Mau that a man by the name of Thompson brought back from Burma one day. She was mated with a seal or chocolate point siamese. One of the kittens in the litter was then crossed with Wong-Mau in order to obtain this all-over brown colour with yellow eyes. This is how the first Burmese kittens were born, along with the breeding programme for the breed. It took six years for this breed to be recognised by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in its sable colour variety.

In Europe, the first cats of this breed appeared in Britain in 1947. These first Burmese were crossed with typically oriental Siameses, which allowed the development of a more triangular head than their American counterparts. It is also through this breeding programme that other colors (red, cream tortoiseshell) were recognised in Europe over the years.

Burmese: Purchase price

The purchase price of this cat can vary from £400 to £700 depending on its origin (breeder), pedigree, age, etc. Then for the maintenance budget, it takes about £25 per month to offer this breed a good quality of food and litter.

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