The Birman Cat -history

Birmans have a rich history, originating from the legend states that many years ago before the birth of Buddha the Kymer people of Burma who were very devout, built a wonderful temple to their Goddess Tsun-Kyan-Kse at Lao-Tsan it contained a solid gold statue of the Goddess, with sapphire eyes. The priests of the temple also kept one hundred pure white cats as companions and temple guardians. one of the priests, Mun-Ha had an especially devoted friend in his cat Sinh.

One stormy night, raiders attacked the temple, killing the priest Mun-Ha. Immediately Sinh leapt to assist his master, and as he stood on Mun-Has dying body before the golden Goddess the priests soul entered into Sinh and his appearance was changed to one of great beauty, that of a seal-point Birman complete with golden tipped coat and sapphire eyes. Inspired by this sign from the Goddess the other priests drove out the raiders and saved the temple.

Sinh lived for seven more days without either food or water, before dying and taking his and Mun-Has souls into Paradise. Next day the remaining ninety nine temple cats were found to be transformed like Sinh, and from then onwards they were regarded as Sacred Cats, and thought to contain the souls of pious priests on there way to heaven.

The first European Birmans were thought to have arrived in France about 1919, as a thank you gift for an Englishman, Major Russell Gordon, and a Frenchman Auguste Pavie. These two gentlemen are said to have assisted the Kittahs during Brahmin uprisings, saving many priests and sacred temples.A male and female cat were dispatched by sea. Sadly the male died during the long voyage, but the female named Sitah was found to be pregnant, and gave birth to a litter in 1920. This litter contained what was described as a perfect Birman called Poupee.

The Birman Cat In Great Britain

In 1965 two breeders, Mrs Elsie Fisher (prefix Praha) and Mrs Margaret Richards (prefix Mei Hua) visited a Paris cat show and fell in love with the breed - they imported two females and a male. They then stared a breeding partnership under the prefix Paranjoti.

The Male born 17th September 1964 was owned by Mme Poirier of Paris was a huge seal point bred by Madame Grenet of Drancy, France was named Nouky De mon Reve and two blue point females were Osaka de Lugh and Orlamonde de Khlaramour.

The first litter of birmans born in the UK arrived on 3rd July 1966 to Nouky de Mon Reve x Orlamonde de Khlaramour four seal points and four blue points. Most of the Birmans in the UK can be traced back to these cats.

The Birman Cat - today

Over the years through careful breeding plans other beautiful colours have been introduced (you can see all of them on the Birman cat club site)

Birmans have a wonderful temperment, they love to lay on your lap and purr - they have very soft voices - which is only usually heard if they want something!. Thier coats are fine and soft and require less grooming than a longhaired cat - although it is important especailly during the summer months.

They are exremly loyal cats that do not like to be ignored they have some fumy traits too, the 'Birman flop' when they walk into a room and just flop onto thier side as though they have been knocked over. and the 'Birman huff' when they don't like something

when I bought Ozzie the breeder said ' most people don't just own one Birman' she was right, they are addictive!