There is an intriguing legend to explain the origin of the Birman cat, still known in many countries as the Sacred Cat of Burma.
The legend states that many years ago before the birth of Buddha the Khmer people of Burma who were very devoted, built wonderful temples to their Goddess Tsun-Kyan-Kse. The most beautiful of these temples at Lao-Tsan 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. The elderly head priest Mun-Ha had an especially devoted friend, his cat Sinh.
One stormy night, raiders attacked the temple, killing the priest Mun-Ha. Immediately the cat 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 priests on their way to heaven.
The Birman cat arrived in France in 1919,it was a pregnant female by the name of Sita.The arrival of the Birman in France was the beginning of the breed becoming established in Europe.The first Birman arrived in the USA in 1959 and was registered in 1967.
Ideally, the Birman is a medium-sized cat, strongly built cat with striking eyes, round face, and a Roman-shaped nose which all result in a sweet expression.
The Birman fur is a single-length (no undercoat) soft, silky, and lush coat; they have a longer ruff around the neck and a fluffy tail. Their coats do not mat, and they require a minimum amount of grooming.
The Birman is a balanced, healthy cat that does not reach full maturity until approximately 3 years of age. Because of its exceptionally sweet nature, the Birman is easy to handle and makes an ideal pet. The Birman is sociable, gentle, quiet and loving cat. They love to be with people,they are playful and desire human attention. They are social with people and other animals. Because of the Birman's patient and tolerant temper,it makes an excellent choice for families with children and/or other pets.