Birman | Cat Breed Guide

Birman | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Birman is a sweet, affectionate, silky-coated cat with striking blue eyes. He is a great family pet – good with children and with other pets.

Weight: 7-12 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Temperament: sweet, affectionate, intelligent

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History and Personality

According to legend, the Birman is descended from Burmese temple cats, but the real story remains a mystery. They arrived in the United States in 1959, and most Birmans in the U.S. can be traced to England, France, Germany and Australia.

The Birman is similar to the Siamese in appearance, but he has a large, stocky body with a colorpointed coat. He wears white stockings on his paws. Interestingly, Birman kittens are white at birth and develop their coloring later. Unlike the Siamese, he is not vocal, but if you speak to him he will respond in a soft voice. 

This loving and affectionate cat loves attention, so you may find him following you around the house. He is also patient, so he’s a good choice for a home with children. The Birman gets along well with other pets and may even engage in a good game of chase with them. 

He is very smart and may learn to fetch. He likes activity, so an interactive toy is a great choice for play time. A sociable cat, the Birman does not like to be left home alone for long periods of time. He prefers to be with his humans or other pets in the home.


The Birman’s silky coat comes in all pointed colors, including lilac and chocolate. He has a single coat (no undercoat), so a good brushing twice a week is sufficient.

Health Concerns

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Birmans are generally healthy and the most serious concern for the breed is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that is common among cats. Pet health insurance is a great way to make sure you can afford the best veterinary care for illnesses, accidents and emergencies.