Origin of the breed

South-East Asian region is a motherland of quite a big number of beautiful breeds, Burmese is one of them.
There are a lot of legends about them. Some sources tell us that 500 years ago Burmese were temple cats and they were deemed divine.

The story says that monks ought to take care of their cats, fulfilling every need and desire of the animal. And the bigger and better was the care; the closer was the monk to Heaven.

The ancient “Book of verses about cats” has references on animals resembling the Burmese. The Bangkok Museum exhibits over 200 different artefacts from XIV-XVIII centuries that feature cats, which remind us of the Burmese.

It is most likely that Burmese cats were the pets of the high rank families of ancient Thailand and Burma, even of the royal family.

1930 — Burma (Myanmar): the first cat named Wong Mau was sent from Rangun to the USA. Dr. Josef Thompson, the person who brought that first cat, was so impressed by her beauty that decide to develop a special breeding program in collaboration with other well known breeders. At that time the closest breed by exterior were the Siamese; that’s why they were used in this program. It took a couple of years to breed kittens of a very unique breed.

1934 — CFA reviewed the proposal to register the new Burmese breed.

1936 — CFA accepted the proposal. The brown (sable) colour was the only one officially accepted by CFA. The first cats had an ordinary shape of the head and body. The breeders continued to experiment with the Siamese due to lack of breeding materials.

1947 — CFA puts on hold further registration procedures until the breeders discontinue the involvement of the Siamese. From now on CFA registers only those cats that originate from at least three pure generations of the Burmese.

1957 — CFA renews the registration procedures. The sable colour is still the only one officially accepted.

1958 — Two American catteries founded United Burmese Cat Fanciers. UBCF operates until now and is actively working on development and promotion of the Burmese (http://www.united-burmese.org/).

1959 — CFA accepted the new standard of Burmese cats, which was developed by United Burmese Cat Fanciers. This standard has changed very little: the round head with the shortened muzzle, round eyes and compact body. This was the first step to establish the difference between the Burmese from America and the rest of the world.

1970 — American breeders have a new type of cats with a round head called «Contemporary».

1979 — CFA accepted three new colours — blue, platinum and champagne; however these colours were singled out as a separate group of Malaysian cats.

1984 — CFA stated that Malaysian cats are “true” Burmese to be registered as «Burmese Dilutes». They can compete at CFA.

1993 — CFA reviewed a proposal to accept the type of Burmese cats that comply with standards of FIFe, GCCF (Great Britain) and АСА (Australia). The main purpose of this proposal was to facilitate the promotion of CFA in Europe. At that time the Burmese cats that complied with FIFe standards were known as Foreign Burmese.

February 2002 — CFA took a decision to grant to the European Burmese the competition status in the USA since May 2002.

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