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Breed: European Burmese:

  • The Burmese breed has divided into two distinct types, the American Burmese and the European Burmese.
  • The American Burmese is a rounded cat, while the European Burmese is muscular but more angular. The graphic below shows a European Burmese.
  • The European Burmese is descended from the American; American cats were imported into Europe after World War II.
  • The European breeders wanted to extend the color range of the Burmese; they also added the Tortoiseshell versions of the colors.
  • The European Burmese colors are brown, cream, lilac, red, blue, chocolate, and the Tortoiseshell versions of these colors.
  • The coat is short and fine, lying close to the body.
  • The European Burmese has a strong, surprisingly heavy body.
  • The tail has a rounded tip; the paws are oval.
  • The hind legs are a little longer than the forelegs.
  • The head is short and wedge shaped, with medium-sized rounded ears.
  • The eyes of the Burmese are large and widely spaced; they are slightly slanted.
  • The European Burmese is a friendly and relaxed cat.


The Encyclopedia of the Cat, Bruce Fogel, DVM, DK Publishing, Inc., New York, 1997, pp. 184-185.