BURMESE

Burmese are said to originate from Burma where a 'little brown cat' was taken from Burma to America in 1930. It would be reasonable to assume that Burmese and Siamese cats were interbred in the Far East and it would also be reasonable to assume that the original cat 'Wong Mau' was in fact a hybrid of these matings, although being a very dark-coated variety. . The breed arrived in the United Kingdom in the 1949, being imported by a Mrs France, from California. Three cats were sent, two females and one male. One of the cats was in kitten and the kittens were born in quarantine. However it was not realised that the kittens could be removed from quarantine before the six months duration had ended and unfortunately they did not survive, possibly partly due to their mother suffering badly from the change of climate. However, she did produce further kittens which have been part of this country's foundation stock. The first Burmese to be shown in this country was Casa Gatos da Foong in November 1949. From that point on it was obvious that the breed was here to stay. Over the ensuing years, further colours have been developed and the breed is available in Brown, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Cream, Brown-tortie, Blue-tortie, Chocolate-tortie and Lilac Tortie colours. These colours are generally all represented at most cat shows with the Torties being very popular due to both their versatility in breeding and their endearing naughtiness. Do visit the Burmese Cat Club for the full breed history.

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