The Burmese originates from...

A breed with a colourful history, the Burmese developed from a distinctive cat arriving in San Francisco from Burma, gifted to Dr. Joseph Thompson, a Siamese breeder. Curious about this unusual cat, named Wong Mau, with dark points and a chocolate coat, Thompson undertook to selectively breed the cat and preserve its unique characteristics. By crossing Wong Mau with a Siamese, and then breeding Wong Mau with one of her offspring, Thompson established a variety of coat types, with the solid brown kitten becoming the Burmese’s foundation stock. Later colour variations of blue, lilac and sable emerged. In England, the Burmese was known originally as the chocolate Siamese, and not particularly favoured across Europe, the breed began to diminish. Today, the Burmese is recognised by all leading cat registries.

The Burmese is characterised by...

A small to medium sized cat, the Burmese is both compact and athletic in appearance and structure, with a close-fitting coat. The breed is further characterised by a rounded head, expressive and wide-set eyes, a tapering tail and high-set, triangular ears. The coat is typically glossy and easy to manage, requiring little in the way of grooming. Besides this, the Burmese looks very similar to the Siamese, one of its original forebears, with nimble legs, oblique eyes and a short muzzle. Coat colours vary, although some of the major cat registries do not acknowledge all colour variations in the breed.

The average Burmese...

Many describe the breed’s tendency to gravitate around family members in the home, enjoying plenty of attention and interaction rather than being left to its own devices. The Burmese is a vocal cat, communicating softly when it wants to be heard, and is highly affectionate to all those it is familiar with. Due to their relatively sedentary lifestyle and their natural love of people, the Burmese is best suited to indoor living where it can benefit from interactive toys, scratching posts and plenty of human interaction. Many owners and enthusiasts describe the Burmese as behaving more like a dog than a cat, remaining loyal, playful and vigilant from an early age. Generally speaking, a healthy Burmese will weigh 8-12 pounds, with a long life expectancy of 16-18 years.


The Burmese is generally a very healthy breed, although it is susceptible to certain health conditions. These range from mild to more serious. Eye disorders including glaucoma, as well as severe cranial deformities and hyperaesthesia syndrome, a condition that causes increased sensitivity, are all prevalent in the breed.

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Our Burmese owners' thoughts

Added on 11/03/2018
Joined 29/01/2016
From United Kingdom

We love our burmese cats, we were given one as a housewarming present and found that we could not select just one from the litter, we have now kept burmese for over 30 years. We always choose a pair as they are very sociable and need each other for company when we are out. They can be very naughty and are really athletic so we do not recommend them as indoor cats. They will escape sooner or later and will not be confined after that.
We feel that the use of a heated bed for older cats has helped prolong their life, three of our cats have lived to over 18 years old. They are treasured companions but quite independantly minded!

Added on 02/02/2020
Joined 02/02/2020
From Norfolk, United Kingdom

My Burmese Blue boy is just wonderful. Have fallen in love with the breed. Such a character, he loves everyone and everything, he can be demanding when needing more fuss as he just can't get enough! People who weren't keen on cats have fallen in love with him. A simple happy soul he loves his brother, food, cuddles, chasing his tail and having his fur roughed up the wrong way so quite dog like!

Added on 05/04/2020
Joined 05/04/2020
From West Sussex, United Kingdom

My Burmese cats are a male chocolate (Rolo) and a blue female (Suku). The are half siblings having the same father (a champion blue Burmese) and brown and blue mums respectively. They are indoor cats who get plenty of exercise chasing each other around the house (a herd of elephants crashing around!) Suku is bold and fearless and bosses her brother around. Rolo is a Big Boy and a Big Softie who loves his cuddles. Their personalities are unlike any cat I have owned. Very devoted to my husband and me. Just like a dog in many ways. So curious about everything and very 'helpful' when typing on keyboard, opening drawers, sewing, having a bubble bath etc!