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Burmese Cat Personality
Breeders and fanciers report that Burmese are amusing, playful, and super-smart, the perfect interactive cats for home, office, shop, any place where people are in need of love and entertainment. They are as active as the Siamese and love to play. Devoted cats, Burmese are loyal and people-oriented.
Breeders report temperament differences between males and females. The females are highly curious, active, and very emotionally involved with their family. The altered males love their humans too, but are more placid. They like to lounge about, usually on top of whatever you're doing. They take life as it comes. The only issue about which they are passionately concerned is the selected cuisine and when it will be served.
Burmese have a unique rasp to their voices and sound a bit like cats going hoarse from too much talking. Burmese are not as talkative as their Siamese neighbors. When they have something to say, however, they'll reiterate the message until you get out your universal feline/human translator and take care of whatever it is troubling them.
Burmese Cat Breed Traits
The Burmese's body style has changed over the years. The 1953 standard described the Burmese as medium, dainty, and long. By 1957 the standard was changed to midway between Domestic Shorthair and Siamese. The words 'somewhat compact' were added to the standard in 1959; the word somewhat was dropped from the standard somewhat later. Since then, the standard has remained virtually un-changed.
Over the last 20 years or so a difference of opinion has developed among breeders as to the favored conformation of the breed. One group favors the European Burmese, longer, narrower muzzles with a less pronounced nose break and a slightly narrower head. The other favors the contemporary Burmese, shorter, broader muzzle, pronounced nose break, and broader, rounder head shapes. Because of this, two conformation types exist today. In the CFA, the European Burmese has just been accepted as a breed in his own right in the miscellaneous class. (In International Division shows they are eligible for championship.) In CFF, CCA, and UFO, the breed is recognized under the name 'Foreign Burmese'. TCA recognizes the classic and traditional Burmese.
One of the main differences between the two breeds, besides the head and body type, is that the European Burmese comes in additional colors. Because the Burmese was crossbred with European Siamese lines that possessed the red gene, the colors red and cream were introduced, producing six additional colors.
Shelters with Burmese Cats
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