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Burmese Cat Breed Profile

Weight 8.8-13 lbs (4-6 kg)
Origin Burmese, Thailand
Color Sable, Champagne, Platinum, Blue
Fur Short, velvety
Lifespan 12-18 years
Personality Intelligent, full of energy, assertive, curious

Burmese Photo: Irina Borodovskaya/Shutterstock

Breed Characteristics

The Burmese is a simply enchanting cat breed. They have a very open, friendly and loving character, love a cuddle, like to sit on your lap and are also very active, curious, lively and playful.

Personality and Temperament

They like to show off their acrobatic skills by jumping up onto high shelves - or leaping from one to another. Ideally, of course, with someone to watch them as they do so because they love human attention. Female cats especially are like little princesses that expect to be constantly showered with attention. Males are a little more relaxed and calmer.


You can clearly see that there’s some Siamese cat in the Burmese as they’re keen and quick learners that can master tricks meant for dogs: “fetch”, “sit”, “roll over”, “come”. They can even be put on a leash. To keep a clever kitty occupied, challenging and puzzle games are ideal.

Just like the Siamese, this cat loves to talk. It will “discuss” the news of the day with its humans, “comment” on new TV shows and even “help” with phone calls.

Burmese Photo: Alinute Silzeviciute/Shutterstock

Keeping Them Happy

As Burmese cats love company, they get really unhappy when left alone. Ideally, you should keep two Burmese cats together. They also get on well with other cats and dogs.

Pros and Cons


  • Very active
  • Learns Tricks
  • Long life expectancy
  • Gets along well with other cats and dogs


  • Meows a lot
  • Doesn't tolerate being alone
  • Demanding

Burmese Photo: woff/Shutterstock



The Burmese has silky soft fur and a compact, muscular body. That’s why they’re sometimes nicknamed “bricks wrapped in silk”. Their original coat color is a dark brown called sable. You can also find them in blue (with fawn undertones), champagne (warm beige) and platinum (with fawn undertones). Their heads are round while their large eyes are yellow or gold.


The Burmese breed comes from a chocolate-colored cat called Wong Mau. It was brought from Burma to the USA between 1920 and 1930 by a sailor.

Fun Facts

The Burmese has the longest lifespan in the cat kingdom. A life expectancy of 16 to 20 years is “normal” and cats commonly live even longer.

Comparable Breeds

Burmese Photo: jojosmb/Shutterstock