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Birman Cat Breed

The Birman is a beautiful cat should have a beautiful legend of origin, and the Sacred Cat of Burma has just that. Called the Birman cat it’s said to have acquired his striking look from the intervention of a blue-eyed goddess, who rewarded a temple cat’s love for and devotion to his priest by turning his white coat golden and changing his yellow eyes to blue. His paws remained white as a symbol of his purity. Ever since then the temple cats have borne the goddess’s marks of favor, and it was said that priests who died were reborn into the cats’ bodies.

Birman Cat Information

Of course that’s a great story but there are a few other theories to the cats origins that include crosses of Siamese with Angoras or Persians, but when or where those original meetups occurred is unknown. They may have taken place in southeast Asia, between various cats who carried the genes for a pointed pattern, long hair and blue eyes, or the breed may have been created in France from cats imported by two Europeans, a Frenchman named Auguste Pavie, and a Major Gordon Russell, who were given a pair of temple cats in 1919 as a reward for aiding the priests. The cats were shipped to France, but the male did not make it there alive. Before he died, however, he had impregnated the female, and her kittens helped to establish the breed in Europe. It was recognized in France in 1925 as the Sacre de Birmanie, from which comes the current breed name, Birman.

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