The European Burmese has its origin from the first Burmese cat called Wong Mau, and was introduced in the western world by Dr. Thompson in 1930. As Wong Mau was the only example of the breed she had to mate with another breed of similar type. The "closest" to this breed and therefore the obvious choice then, was the Siamese cat. From the kittens that came from mating these two breeds, it was revealed that Wong Mau was a carrier of a very important gene, which became a major feature of the Burmese cats.
After selective breeding, the breed ranged from America to the United Kingdom. Outside the European Burmese there is the American one, so we have two different looking cats, with two completely different patterns, sharing common offspring.
The Burmese cats came to our life just a few years ago. We are the first breeders in Greece, engaged in the selective breeding of Burmese cats. It was love at first sight. It is an incredibly social breed, playful and with a lot of "doggy" features. She loves her owner, she is constantly looking for cuddles and hugs and her best sleeping place is on her cat parent. It goes well with other pets and young children. The Burmese cat is one of the most human-centered and sweet breeds in the world. Their look is disarming and their overwhelming appearance is opposed to their highly social character.
There are 2 types of Burmese. The American and the European. Our cattery is involved exclusively with the selective breeding of the European Burmese.
The European is recognized in more colors than the American one, which are:
-Brown, Chocolate, Blue, Lila, Red, Creme, Brown tortie, Blue tortie, Chocolate tortie and Lilac tortie.
The body of a Burmese cat is muscular, medium in length, compact and with wide chest. Its legs are relatively thin and in proportion to its body. Its feet are small and oval in shape. Each color is noticeably darker in its head, tail and back.
The color that is preferred in the eyes of a Burmese cat is golden yellow and orange.
It is remarkable to say that the coat of this breed is incredibly soft, almost silky, which makes it almost null to lose hair even in the very hot seasons of the year.
The necessary examinations, which are strictly submitted to all our Burmese cats are:
- Aids and Cat Leukemia (biochemical examinations).
- GM2 (gangliosidosis): is a degenerative, lethal neurological disease characterized by severe muscle tremor and loss of movement control.
- Hypokalemia / HK (also known as Episodic hypokalaemia): is a residual genetic abnormality characterized by low potassium levels in the body and high CPK levels.
For the last 2 examinations (GM2 & HK), which are genetic, we send biological material of our cats to specialized laboratories abroad.
The weight of an adult male ranges from 4 kg to 5.5 kg and the weight of an adult female from 3.5 kg to 4.5 kg.
It is a short-haired breed so the requirements for grooming (hair-trimming) are minimal.
Its average life span is 15 years, which, of course, depends on many factors, such as diet, exercise, annual veterinary control and vaccination, as well as the general care of the cat.
If you want a kitty that is attached to you every minute of the day, a kitty whose personality is very similar to that of a dog, then that breed is right for you. A prerequisite for loving you unconditionally - not that it will not do it anyway - is to ensure every night a place in your bed, and / or over you. Her favorite part of sleep is on your pillow.