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Birman

An exotic beauty... (other names: Sacred Cat of Burma, Sacred Birman)

Birman
origin:Burma or Thailand
weight:4 to 8 kg
size: Medium-Largefur type: long
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History [ edit ]

The Birman, also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma or Sacred Birman is a relatively ancient breed of domestic cat, which origin is involved in mystery. It is believed that it originated in Burma where it was considered sacred and was the companion cat of the Kittah priests. However, there is ancient documented evidence that similar cats existed in Thailand. How this breed first appeared in Europe is also subject to controversy, but it is more or less accepted that a pair of Birman cats was sent to France by the beginning of the 20th century (probably around 1919). The male did not survive the voyage but the female, called Sita, not only survived but was pregnant. Sita and its litter were the foundation cats of the breed in the Western World. However, The Birmans suffered a major setback during the WW II. After the war there was, once again, only a single surviving pair which offspring had to be outcrossed, mainly with Siamese and Persian cats, for several years to rebuild the Birman breed. By 1950 pure litters were produced again and since then Birmans have been spreading around the world.
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