Birman cats, possibly the result of crossing Siamese with Angoras or Persians, are thick cats with distinctive color point markings and white paws. Their patient and kind natures have made them a favorite among pet owners for ages, but how did they get their name?
The First Birman Cats
Physical Traits of the Birman Cat
Birmans are medium- to large-size cats averaging between 6 and 12 pounds. Like other color point cats, Birmans are born solid white and develop their distinctive color pattern as they grow into maturity. Those colors and patterns can be seal gray, blue gray, white, cream, brown, reddish-brown, and even tortoiseshell, and the pattern can either be solid or a lynx pattern. All Birmans share one unique feature, though: dainty, solid white paws, naturally occurring lace gloves that complement the breed's striking blue eyes.
Personality Traits of the Birman Cat
Those looking for a fairly quiet, calm, but affectionate cat would do well to consider the friendly Birman. As a breed, Birmans are about as outgoing as an average cat, but they are deeply devoted to their families, including humans and other pets. They have average energy levels, making them ideal for the pet parent who wants a cat which is as happy to play as she is to curl up with her human for a lazy afternoon nap.
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