is a link to the CFA standard for Birman
Just when we had found another birman breeder with a "matching boy" in San Diego, we had to move to Dallas, Texas and our breed program start was delayed. Finally we sent our girl back to our friend in Los Angeles, who had just imported a very nice boy from France and he gave Midori her first litter, four kittens of which we sold two and kept two whom still lives with us.
We live now in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Until now we have had Seal and Blue Points in our program but just recently we got a gorgeous Choclate Point Girl who is doing extremely well in the shows. We do not have more than one litter per year and some years we do not have any at all. We keep all kittens within arm length to spoil them as much as acceptable. We sometimes have kittens for sales to homes where they will continue to be spoiled. We also have some very nice retired show cats up for adoption. We normally get at least a holiday card at the end of the year from each of our cat owners to give us feedback information and keep in touch.
Legend tells us that in the ancient temples of Burma-now known as the country of Myanmar-there once lived white cats with golden eyes who were the devoted companions of Kittah priests. These cats were believed to carry the souls of their beloved priests to Heaven, and were therefore honored guests of the Temples.
One night, as intruders from nearby Siam raided the temple of Lao-Tsun, the High Lama known as Mun-Ha, lay dying. Mun-Ha's companion cat, Sinh, climbed upon him, faced the goddess Tsun Kyan-Kse with her sapphire eyes and golden hair and appealed for the transmutation of Mun-Ha's soul. As Mun-Ha took his last breath his soul entered Sihn's body, and Sinh's body began to transform.
Sinh's golden eyes turned sapphire blue like the goddess, and his previously white coat took on a golden mist reflecting the Goddess' hair. His ears, nose, tail and legs turned dark like the earth, marking the impurity of all that touches the ground, yet where his paws touched the silk of his master's holy garments they turned a dazzling white reflecting the purity of his master's soul. After keeping a holy vigil by his Master, Sinh died mysteriously seven days later, carrying his master's soul to heaven. Upon Sinh's death, all the other cats in the temple were transformed like Sinh, and now possessed sapphire blue eyes, pure white feet, and coats misted with gold.
The very beautiful
Sacred Cat of Burma now known as the Birman, is the name of this mysterious
and legendary breed. Reports smuggled out of the country once known as
Burma still describe Birman-looking cats living in the temples there.
But looking beyond the legend of their origin, it is fact that the Sacred
Cat of BURMA appeared in France in 1919, reportedly given as gifts of
grateful Kittah priests, but also possibly stolen from the temples of
Burma and smuggled out of the country at great expense.
By 1955 the Birman had established sufficient generations of purebred litters to qualify the Sacred Cat of Burma as a pure breed once more. The Birman found its way to the United States and was accepted as a pure and separate breed by the Cat Fanciers' Association in 1967.
Birmans are a human loving cat with semi-long hair cat that requires very little grooming. They have a wonderful balance of pleasant characteristics ranging from a wonderful temperament to a regal appearance, and are aggressively friendly. They have a body that is both long and stocky. The body color is white or cream while darker colors highlight the points, face, legs and tail. The eyes are almost round and are always blue set in a strong face with heavy jaws, a full chin and a roman nose. The very distinctive white feet are evenly marked, Birmans bond quickly with their masters and are soon assisting you in every task, Quickly adjusting to your schedule, you will find them waiting at the door to say "Hello" when you come home, and at bedtime, you will have a constant companion.
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