The Birman is a large, semi-longhaired cat breed. It has a plush and silky colorpointed coat with contrasting white "socks" on each paw and deep blue eyes.
The Birman is large cat, with both females and males weighing up to 12lbs.
A healthy Birman should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of around 12-14 years.
An average litter tends to produce 3-5 kittens.
The Birman is seen in blue, cream, lilac, chocolate, seal; all colours in self, tortie and tabby point
The Birman was first bred as a pedigree in France in the early 1900s. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that the breed was recognised in the UK.
The Birman has a beautiful, silky semi-long coat. It has a dark face mask and deep blue eyes. The breed has white paws which look striking against his dark legs. The tail is full and coloured to match the points. The Birman is a large cat with a muscular frame. The Birman is loving and enjoys company. The breed does tend to be talkative! It is an intelligent cat and loves to please. It does not require too much exercise. The Birman does need daily grooming to keep in good condition.
The breed is prone to health problems. Dermoid Cyst is a developmental defect of eye tissue. It appears as a lump on the surface of the eye. This can be problematic for the cat. Surgery is usually successful in treating this condition. Protruding Sternum is the result of abnormal cartilage projections and can occur at either end of the breastbone. This condition is thought to be inherited. Strabismus (squint) can affect one or both eyes. It is probably a reaction to compensate for poor binocular vision. It does not appear to bother the cat. Affected cats should not be bred from. Umbilical Hernia is a protrusion of abdominal fat through the muscle wall at the point where the umbilical cord was attached to the kitten.