Holy Burma - The Gentle Beauty

Holy Burma - The Gentle Beauty

If elegance and affection are the qualities that you are searching for in a feline friend, then the Holy Burma is most definitely the cat for you. Not only are they extremely beautiful cats, but they are also very affectionate to their people. Legend tells that the breed started centuries ago as a temple cat that kept a dying priest company. At the moment of his death, the Burma was said to evolve into what we see today. The eyes turned blue, while the head-tail and legs all changed to a golden brown colour and the paws remained white. 

Holy Burma: Character 

The cats differ in character from the majority of their conspecifics, very atypically of cats, they place value on pleasing their humans. This makes them the ideal pet for cat lovers who don't have the patience to put up with the cat’s general stubbornness. Holy Burmese are easy to educate and particularly well behaved, words rarely muttered when referring to cats. But that doesn't mean that these cats are passive or even boring, they do tend to enjoy searching for things, following their people like a shadow and are keen on playing for hours with moving objects. Its lovable character and the fact that they get along so well with children and other pets such as friendly dogs makes the Holy Burma the ideal family cat. 

Holy Burma: Keeping and Caring 

Caring for the Holy Burma is relatively easy. The fur of the Burmese cat should be brushed at least twice a week. Since the Holy Burma has little undercoat, the risk of matting is low, but brushing contributes to a feeling of well-being for the cat and enhances attachment to its people. The tail of the Holy Burma is feathery and hairy and so requires no extra care.

The Holy Burma is the ideal house cat, however, If you are working, the cat should have companions because it will not feel comfortable as a single cat on its own. They are easy to educate and are curious about clicker training, outdoor access is only recommended to a limited extent, due to its trustfulness towards strangers, the Burmese cat can easily put itself in danger.

Holy Burma: Colours

The range of colours of the Burmese cat is wide, the Holy Burma is bred in different point colours such as cream, red, lilac and seal. Tabby and tortie drawings have also recently started to appear in European breeding lines. One feature that all Burmese have in common is the strikingly bright blue eyes and the white paws, the symmetry of which is an important criterion for the breed evaluation. 

History of the Holy Burma

The systematic breeding of the Holy Burma began in France at the beginning of the 20th century and was recognized there as a breed in 1925. Breeding in Europe is probably due to crossbreeding of Siamese and / or Persian cats with cats imported from Burma. In fact, the Holy Burma visually resembles a mixture of Persian and Siamese cats. Breeding also flourished in Britain in the 1930s but was interrupted by the war throughout Europe. The breeding stock in France only stabilized again in 1955, and today the breeding of the Burmese cat is now secured.

Profile 

Breed - Holy Burma 

Origin - France

Size -  Medium-sized (around 50 cm head-body length) 

Weight - Female - 3.5-4kg Male - 4.5-6kg

Anatomy - Strong hindquarters 

Head shape - Broad-rounded, shaped like a blunt triangle 

Eyes - Bright blue 

Fur and Colour - Half-long to long-haired, short on the face, transitioning from the cheeks into a frill; little undercoat, silky; all point colours are recognized, the tabby and tortie drawings are currently establishing themselves

Grooming - Regular brushing necessary 

Particularities - White paws

Character - Gentle, affectionate and playful. Fond of children and often willing to teach