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Sacred Birman Cats

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Sacred Birman Breed Profile

Breed Name
Sacred Birman Cat, Birman, Sacred Cat of Burma. The breed name is derived from Birmanie, the French form of Burma.
Origin
Southeast Asia - ancient Burma (known today as Myanmar).
Temperament
Birman is a well-mannered cat with gentle and calm personality. It is a highly social breed that prefers interaction and is not recommended for home environment where they would be frequently left alone for hours. This breed needs constant interaction, and will make you feel special with their strong desire to be near. He will follow you from room to room and expect that he will want to be involved in what you’re doing. They are also playfully outgoing, without being overly pushy. Birmans aren’t known for being noisy and communicates in a very soft spoken and sweet voice. The friendly, laidback Birman is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs if treated politely and with respect. Their incredible beauty is a cherry on top of the cake.
Special breed features
Birman cat is distinguished by colour - pointed silky coat, deep blue eyes, and contrasting white "gloves" or "socks" on each paw. The white must involve all toes and in front must stop at the articulation or at the transition of toes to metacarpals in an even line across the paw. On the back legs these gloves should extend noticeably further up the back of the leg (referred to as the "laces"), finishing with an inverted V shape extended half to three-fourths up the hock.
FIFe breed standard in English, German and French language.
Colors
Seal point, Chocolate point, Blue point, Lilac point, Red point, Cream point, and their respective Tabby and Tortie color variants. Kittens are born completely white and their colors start show around first weeks of age and continue to intensify as they mature.
Grooming
The medium-long to long coat has a silky texture and no undercoat which means that these cats require minimal grooming as their fur does not matt or tangle. The silky coat also give off little shedding and a thorough brush approximately once or twice a week is all that is needed to keep these cats looking picture perfect all the time. Birmans shed their winter coat in the spring, so at that time you may want to comb more frequently to remove loose hair. Birman cats groomed from any early age enjoy extra human attention this regular activity brings.
Weight
Males 4 to 6 kg, females 3 to 4 kg.
Average Lifespan
12 to 16 years.
Availability
Quite rare and expensive breed. Kitten prices vary between 700€ to 1250€, it depends on how well the kitten matches the overall Birman breed standard.