North of Britain Long Hair and Semi Long Hair Cat Club

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Characteristics quick guide

  • Ease of Grooming

  • Amount of sheding

  • Affectionate

  • Vocal

  • Kid Friendly

  • Playfulness

​General statistics

Average age - 12 to 16 years
Average weight - females 6 to 10lbs, males 10 to 15lbs
Time to mature - 2 years
Breed group - semi long haired
Number of colours - 20
Known health issues - feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) this is a genetic disorder and breeders do screen for it.

The Birman, also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma, is surrounded by myth. Legend has it that a blue eyed goddess saw how devoted a temple cat was to its priest and as a reward turned its white coat golden and its yellow eyes blue. However its paws remained white as a sign of its purity. Priests are said to die and come back as these temple cats.

The Birman was recognised by the GCCF in 1996. It has a medium to long silky coat with little undercoat so matting is rare. A comb once a week should be enough to remove loose hair. They shed their winter coat  in spring when a little more grooming may be required.

Birmans love to be around people and will follow their owners and 'talk' to them. They love to play and are suitable as both family pets and pets for the elderly.