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LaPerm Breeding Policy

(European Burmese)

The Burmese is the first pedigree cat to be bred in the United States of America. Dr Joseph Thompson brought Wong Mau home with him from Rangoon in 1930 and he with other breeders set about developing a new breed. Most all of the Burmese cats today can trace their ancestry back to Wong Mau, my own Burmese certainly do.

Wong Mau was an all over Brown Coloured cat carrying one gene for Siamese and one gene for Burmese. All over Chocolate Brown coloured cats were being shown in the 19th century. These could well have been Burmese or Burmese/Siamese crosses (Tonkinese) Similar cats are also described and illustrated in ancient Thai manuscripts. Wong Mau was mated to Siamese, the nearest available breed. Followed by crosses between the offspring and then back to Wong Mau, herself. Until the first true Burmese were produced, an all over dark Brown cat.

A few more cats were imported to prevent too much inbreeding and then crosses back to the Siamese had to be made. It was around the late 1940`s early 1950`s that the first Burmese cats were imported into this Country.

Burmese cats make wonderful pets, they are friendly, trusting, very clever indeed. They are brave and daring, extrovert and absolutely adorable and without the nervous temperament of some Siamese.

I always have to chuckle a little to myself when prospective new owners come to visit a litter of Burmese kittens. They invariably climb all over visitors and people are flattered by all this attention given them by a lively and inquisitive litter of Burmese kittens. They are so pleased to find that the kittens like them but I know that they will show the same interest in anyone who comes to see them, they will come skipping and leaping for joy each time I enter the room. They will climb anything at all the wardrobe, the curtains and especially you.

They have an extraordinary shine to their coats, and a Brown Burmese with a rich coloured coat can be likened to a conker that's just broken out of its shell. It is a coat that just asks to be stroked.... Article by June Carey, Fabiola - please click on live link to view autors web site.

Rocheros Fabulous Ruby
- photo and owner June Clarey.

GCCF's Standard of Points


The Burmese is an elegant cat of a foreign type, which is positive and quite individual to the breed. In character they are alert, active, intelligent, extremely friendly and affectionate.

Head Shape

The head, carried on a medium neck, should be in proportion to the body. Viewed from the front it should form a short wedge, wide at the cheek bones and tapering to a blunt finish at the muzzle. The top of the head should be slightly rounded between the ears. Allowance should be made for a teething pinch in kittens. In profile the head should show good depth between the top of the skull and the lower jaw. The brow should be slightly rounded.


There should be a distinct nose break followed by a straight ending with the tip of the nose in the same vertical plane as the chin.


The lower jaw should show a good depth of chin

Ears Shape

Medium in size, broad at the base, rounded at the tip and in profile showing a slight forward tilt. Allowance should be made for correctly shaped but overlarge ears in a kitten where the head size and shape is still developing.


Set well apart so that the outer line of the ears continues the shape of the upper part of the face. However, in mature males, who have developed full cheeks and a sturdy neck, this will not be so apparent.

Eyes Shape

Must be set well apart. They should be large and lustrous, the top line of the eye showing a slant towards the nose, the lower line being rounded.


Any shade of yellow from chartreuse to amber, with golden yellow preferred. Burmese eye colour is very sensitive to variations in light intensity and colour. Wherever possible it should be assessed in north daylight. It is important that, when being judged, the eye colour of all the cats in the class should be assessed under identical light conditions. Allowance should be made for eye colour in a kitten where it still may developing and for colour dilution in an older cat.

Body Size

Of medium length and size.


Feeling hard and muscular and heavier than its appearance indicates. The chest should be strong and rounded in profile, the back straight from shoulder to rump.


Legs should be slender and in proportion to the body, hind legs slightly longer than the front.


Neat and oval in shape.


Straight, medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip. When the tail is brought gently round the side of the body the tip should reach the shoulder.

Coat Structure

Short, fine, satin-like in texture lying close to the body. The glossy coat is a distinctive feature of Burmese and is indicative of good health.


In all colours the underparts will be lighter than the back but the shading should be gradual. Ears and face may be slightly darker in colour. A coat free from barring or spotting should be aimed for in all colours. The presence of a few white hairs may be overlooked in an otherwise excellent cat. In all colours the coat should shade gradually to the roots with no evidence of smoke effect or ticking. Red and creams may show some freckling or brown pigmentation on ears, nose leather, eye rims, lips, paw pads. The individual colour descriptions are for mature adults. Allowance should be made in kittens and adolescents for a lighter coat colour than the adult standard specifies. Paw pads may be a lighter colour in kittens than adults.

Note: In the case of the four tortie colours. The colours may be mingled or blotched; blazes, solid legs or tails are all permissible. Variations in the overall effect of the tortie coat pattern are to be expected.

Faults Withold Certificates

Oriental type e.g. straight profile with no nose break, overlarge, flared ears, whip tail. British type e.g. square cobby body, round head, small ears. Small, fine boned or dainty adults. Eyes with more blue than yellow pigmentation. A noticeable number or patch of white hairs. Lack of weight or condition. Extreme aggressive behavior. Any defect as listed in the preface to this SOP booklet.

Muzzle pinch in adults.
Flat or dished brows.
Nose showing bumps.
Nose leather falling away markedly.
Round or oriental eyes.
Excessively small or close set eyes.
Green, copper or orange eyes.
Ticking or smoke undercoat.
Extremes of coat colour.
Slight bony excrescence at end of tail.

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