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American Burmese

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American Burmese
origin:USA
weight:3 to 6 kg
size: Mediumfur type: short
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History [ edit ]

The Burmese is a cat breed developed in the USA by the middle of the 20th century. Burmeses were native of Burma, Thailand and Malaya and despite some of them having been imported into the western world along with Siameses, they never caught the interest of cat breeders which were dazzled by the Siamese striking appearance. In 1930 Joseph Thompson, a psychiatrist from San Francisco (California), imported a Burmese female called Wong Mau and with the help of two cat breeders and of a geneticist, embarked in a selective breeding programme. Wong Mau was crossed with a sealpoint Siamese male and became the foundation of all the two varieties of the modern Burmese. Descendants of Wong Mau were subsequently sent to Great Britain, were, due to lack of breeding stock, breeders had outcrossings again with Siameses. This gave origin to two different varieties of the Burmese, kbnow as the Burmese and the European Burmese, which, although looking differently and having two different standards, share a common ancestry. Both varieties have the same temperament, but The European Burmese has a more moderate look, obeying to the original standard for the Burmese, while the American Burmese has a more compact and round body and a shorter nose. However, the major difference is still the array of colours. The European Burmese come in ten colours while the American Burmese comes only in four colours. These two varieties cannot be mixed in a breeding programme.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Burmese is an elegant, medium-sized cat of foreign type, very muscular, well developed, with substantial bone structure and surprisingly heavy for its size. The Burmese exist in two varieties, the European Burmese and the American Burmese, which differ in physical traits (the American Burmese has a more compact, rounder body and a shorter nose) but mainly in colour (the European Burmese comes in ten colours and the American Burmese only in four). The body is of medium length and size and extremely muscular which makes them much heavier than its appearance suggests. The chest is strong, round and ample and the back straight from shoulder to rump. The legs are well proportioned to body, rather slender, the hind legs slightly longer than the forelegs. The paws are neat, small and oval-shaped. The head, set on well-developed neck, is slightly rounded on the top and the muzzle is short (shorter in the American Burmese) and well-developped with a deep and firm chin. The nose has a distinct break.The eyes are large, alert and bright, with a sweet expression, of any shade of yellow to amber, golden yellow preferred. The top line of the eye shows a slant towards the nose and the lower lid is rounded.The medium-sized, rounded-tipped ears are broad at the base, set wide apart and tilted slightly forward. The straight tail, medium in length and tapering to a rounded tip, reaches to the shoulder when brought round the side of the body.The coat is short, fine, glossy, satin-like in texture and lying very close to be body. The European Burmese comes in ten colours and the American Burmese in four.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Burmeses are extremely friendly and affectionate cats, intelligent, alert, active, and exceedingly people-oriented. They love being cuddled and to sit on their owners’ laps. They enjoy participating in the families’ activities and their need for love and attention is such that it is said the Burmese has a dog-like personality. They are very talkative and very sensitive to their owner’s feelings. They may vocally greet their owners when they return home or sulk (but not for a long time) if they feel they are being ignored. They are extremely playful, they work out problems such as opening doors and can be taught to retrive small things. They are very good with children. When the children are rough Burmeses express their dislike with an intense glare and simply walk away. The Burmese should never be let outdoors for their curiosity and friendliness can lead them to stray and disappear, insofar as they have little, if any, survival instinct and do not know how to find food, fight off enemies or avoid cars. This breed gets easily bored and if they have to be alone for a long period of time, owners should consider having two cats. Burmeses are quite happy indoors especially if they have company and love and make outstanding family pets.
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Variants [ edit ]

American Burmese and European Burmese. These two varieties cannot be mixed in a breeding programme.
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Cat Trivia [ edit ]

The foundation for both American and European Burmese was a dark walnut colored female from Burma named "Wong Mau."
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Dogfan22 said:
i like this cat :)
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