In the early 1930s, Dr. Joseph Thompson of San Francisco acquired an attractive walnut-brown female cat from Burma, which he named Wong Mau. Through selective breeding to Siamese, Wong Mau's progeny evolved into the Burmese as a distinct breed.
Burmese carry surprising weight for their size and have often been described as bricks wrapped in silk. Their coats are very short, are satinlike in texture, and generally require little grooming other than daily petting. The four colors recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association are sable, champagne, blue, and platinum.
Burmese have large, expressive eyes that are great pools of innocence and seductive appeal, irresistible in effect. These eyes are their most persuasive weapon in an arsenal of endearing traits that mask an awesome power to hypnotize their owners into lifetime love affairs -- through which Burmese effortlessly rule their families.
As kittens, Burmese are quite lively. They will be playful well into adulthood. As Burmese grow, their high intelligence emerges, and their own individual personalities start to unfold. They mature into charming, resolute executives who move in and take over a household, running it efficiently with those big eyes and a velvet paw. If encouraged, many Burmese converse with their humans using soft, sweet voices (they are neither loud nor raucous). They are good with children, will tolerate the family dog, and, if introduced to it at an early age as something pleasant, most will enjoy traveling in a car.
Burmese should never be let outdoors as they are entirely too trusting and have little, if any, survival instinct. Their idea of survival is to turn their soulful eyes on you to attend to all their needs. This does not work for catching food, fighting off enemies, or avoiding cars.