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
- 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 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
- 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.