A medium size domestic cat, Burmese is said to have originated in Burma, though records of its early existence have been discovered in Thailand as well. The cat was first introduced in United States in nineteen thirties. It was bred with Siamese cats in its development and thus shares certain physical and behavioral similarities with the latter. Evolution of the Burmese was quite different in the United Kingdom. Indeed the Burmese is often classified into two groups, namely the American and British Burmese. Both have certain physical differences, with the British variety being more oriental in appearance and the American Burmese having a somewhat cobby physique.
Burmese are medium sized cats with a muscular, athletic body. Coat is short in length, silky in texture and shiny in appearance. Originally only sable colored cats were given formal recognition. However, other colors are accepted as well now, including blue, brown, cream, chocolate, lilac and red. Eyes are large and copper to golden in color. Their brightness and expressive appeal are a source of great beauty for the Burmese.
Healthy and active felines, Burmese have no significant medical ailment in their lines. They are very gentle though and even though reports exist of them being able to defend themselves, many believe that they should not be left outdoors unsupervised for fear of conflict with feral and wild cats, coyotes and automobile accidents.
Burmese are a very affectionate and tender breed. They are very people oriented and almost dog-like in their loving attitude towards people. They are deceptively heavy when picked up and are cuddly and adoring in nature. The lustrous coat doesn't shed nor require daily brushing. Less vocal than the Siamese, they have a very soft voice. Playful and intelligent, Burmese take no time in establishing their presence in the house, taking care to supervise all the activities.