This breed is believed to have come from Burman monasteries, where it was treated as a god. A female Burmese with a brown coat was imported from the capital of Rangoon to the United States. She was crossed with a male Siamese creating the Burmese we know now.
Body Structure: This cat is of medium size, long and graceful, elegant but muscular and of unexpected strength. It has a long neck, round chest, slender legs and well-shaped oval feet. Although the Burmese is related to the Siamese, it must not resemble the Siamese too much.
Eyes: The eyes are slanted, inclining toward the nose, but wide-set.They are golden yellow and very expressive.
Coat: The coat is very silky, thick and shiny.
Color: The Burmese has a brown coat, which in a mature cat becomes dark sable brown. In Great Britain the following colors are also recognized: red cream,blue, lilac, chocolate, brown tortie, blue tortie, chocolate tortie and lilactortie.
This cat is very curious, intelligent and affectionate; it needs affection in return. It has a rather loud voice.