Sacred Cat of Burma: characteristics and price

Sacred Cat of Burma: character, characteristics and price

The Sacred cat of Burma, also known more simply as Burmese, is a natural breed originating in France. Very looking Elegant, in reality it is not known where it was born: it is likely that the first specimens were imported from Burma.

However, the first time the breed was defined as such, it was in France. But let’s find out more about this feline, with particular reference to the coat color, to the character and to the price of puppies.

History and origins

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As mentioned, it is not known exactly where the Burmese came from. There history and origins of this breed are traced back to an ancient population of sacred cats that lived in a Khmer temple in Myanmar. Legend has it that during an attack on the temple, the high priest, while he found himself meditating in front of the statue of the goddess together with his Sinh white cat, was fatally wounded. His cat, the ancestor of a Burmese, crouched on top of him, looking at the goddess.

The cat was thus transformed: the coat became golden, the sapphire blue eyes and hind legs, muzzle and ears of the dark color of the earth, while the front legs, which were resting on the master, remained white.

The cat was looking towards the door of the temple: the monks, alerted by his gaze, closed the doors to avoid further looting. Meanwhile, all the other cats in the temple also underwent the same transformation, which was then also transmitted to the offspring.

Sinh did not abandon his human, he died seven days after him. So the monks had to get together to elect a new High Priest and at that moment all the cats ran into the temple. Hence the name of Sacred cat of Burma.

A fascinating legend, but still a legendary tale. What is certain, however, is that the first Sacred cats of Burma arrived in France in 1918. It was the Kittahs monks who gave two Burmese cats to a French gentleman, which they considered sacred.

Unfortunately, the male died during the journey, while the female managed to get to Nice. Being pregnant, she gave birth to her litter here. From there began the official breeding of these specimens. After the Second World War, however, the Burmese risked extinction. The only two certified couples left in the world started the breed, which it was officially recognized in 1966.

Appearance and color of the coat of the Sacred Cat of Burma

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The Sacred Cat of Burma is a medium-sized cat, with a sturdy bone structure and an elongated body. His great pride is his thick cloak.

Breed standard of the Sacred Cat of Burma

This is it breed standard of the Sacred Cat of Burma:

  • Head: rounded skull, slightly rounded forehead. The eyes they are not too round, they must be intense sapphire blue color. The nose is of medium length, the Roman profile. The ears they are of medium size, slightly inclined and facing forward, with rounded tips
  • Body: slightly elongated and robust
  • Meaning: sturdy and short, with large and round feet. The fingertips are usually pink
  • Coda: medium length with plume shape, rounded tip

Coat color of the Sacred Cat of Burma

The Burmese is considered a semi-long-haired cat and this has to be silky. It has no undercoat, so it is difficult for it to get knotted. The coat tends to be longer on the body and shorter on the muzzle and legs. There must be one around the neck gorgiera abundant. The tail is bushy and with long hair, carried in a plume. On the abdomen the hair is more woolly and slightly wavy.

Come coat color, it’s a colourpoint. These are the different shades:

  • Seal point (dark brown tips)
  • Blue point (slate gray tips)
  • Chocolate point (milk chocolate tips)
  • Lilac point (light brown or magnolia)
  • Red point
  • Cream point

These colors are joined by the variants:

  • Tabby point
  • Tortie point
  • Tortie tabby point (Torbie point)

It is normal that puppies have a lighter color and mask. The classic pigmentation becomes more evident as they grow, with the mask ending up covering the entire muzzle and the correct areas. For example, on the muzzle the mask must frame the eyes, cheeks and mouth. It must have a rhomboid shape and must be detached from the points present on the ears.

The back tends to be golden beige, while the belly has a pale eggshell color.

The colourpoint and the Himalayan gene

If you notice, points are found in the coldest parts of the body: snout, ears, tail and legs (also genitals in males). On the rest of the body, where the body temperature is warmer, the color becomes much lighter, tending to white. This particular coloring is caused by the gene himalaiano: it is a heat sensitive gene which tends to act on hair growing.

In particular, the hairs found in the hottest areas of the body, the ones most supplied with blood, tend not to pigment. On the other hand, the hairs found in colder areas show color. Which explains why kittens are lighter and then darken over time: in the uterus the temperature is homogeneously warm, so the gene is active everywhere.

Points begin to be seen at one week of age in the darker colors, at two or more weeks in the lighter ones. Usually the first part that is colored is represented by the tips of the ears, the nose and the tail. The final color arrives at 2-3 years and only after the winter.

The only parts of the body that need to show a by bianco candido it’s ends of the legs which are called “gloves”. Indeed: the Burmese is the only breed in which the standard provides exactly the presence of gloves. These must never go beyond the articulation of the legs and must be symmetrical. The presence of gloves is caused by a special gene, the white spotting, active only on the extremities.

The hind legs, on the posterior surface, have white rising in the shape of V rovesciata and is defined garretto. The same V-pattern, but shorter, is also very welcome on the front legs.

Size: height and weight

The Sacred Cat of Burma is a medium-sized cat. Like weight we have:

males: 6-7 kg
females: 4-5 kg


Any deviation from the breed standard is considered a defect. Among the most common we have:

  • body structure too slender, thin or long-limbed
  • short tail
  • triangular snout from Siamese or round from Persian
  • straight nose profile, not Roman
  • tartufo depigmentato nei seal point, blu point e chocolate point
  • receding chin
  • round, small, green eyes, squint
  • pointed or folded ears
  • white gloves that exceed the limits imposed by the standard or ascents (ranners)
  • absence of one or more gloves
  • absence of the hock on the hind legs
  • non-symmetrical gloves
  • areas of white fur on the body or areas of colored fur on the gloves
  • coat too long, coarse or woolly
  • presence of undercoat
  • hair that forms knots or felts

Character of the Burmese

Burmese puppy
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The Sacred of Burma is an elegant cat and balanced. Come character, the Burmese he tends to remain playful even as an adult, but does not like to play alone. It is a cat who he suffers a lot from loneliness, so it is not suitable for those who spend too many hours away from home.

Very affectionate, he loves to be pampered and caressed. Also ideal for families with children, as long as they are not too lively: loves to play, but it is not aggressive. Curious, he vocalizes little and is very sociable.

Ideal for the life in the apartment, loves climbing. Very attached to his master, he is constantly looking for him and wants constant attention.

Nutrition, health and disease

From the point of view ofPower supply, the diet of the Sacred of Burma does not differ from that of other breeds of cats or that of mestizos. In the case of a commercial diet (croquettes or cans), it is necessary to opt for high quality foods, already perfectly balanced.

If you choose a home diet, it is advisable to have a specific ration formulated by the veterinarian or nutritionist veterinarian in order to avoid dangerous deficiencies, such as that of taurine or thiamine.


In addition to the classics illnesses that all cats can develop regardless of breed, in Sacred cats of Burma it is easier to see pathologies such as:

  • congenital alopecia with immunodeficiency
  • corneal dermoid
  • spongiform cerebellar degeneration
  • feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • polycystic disease

Where to find a Sacred Cat of Burma

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The Sacred of Burma it is a very common cat also here in Italy. Searching on the internet you will for sure find farms registered, amateur or private breeders that make litters.

If you opt for online ads, just make sure you choose safe and trustworthy sites.

How much does a Sacred Cat of Burma puppy cost?

The cost of a kitten of Sacred of Burma cat it is very variable: it can range from 700 to 1,400 euros, it all depends on the breeding, the genealogy and the bloodline. However the price it could also vary depending on the color of the more or less sought-after coat.


Here you will find some small ones curiosities about the Sacred of Burma:

  • The Sacred of Burma is one natural breed and widespread. We have the breed standard TICA, FI√®, CFA, WCF and LOOF
  • Sacred of Burma and Ragdoll they are two distinct races
  • Many confuse the Sacred Cat of Burma with the Ragdoll. However, between the two races there are some differences. Beyond the origins (the Burmese comes from France, the Ragdoll from the United States), the Sacred of Burma, as a size, tends to be smaller than the Ragdoll. In addition, the Burmese always has the ends of the legs white, while the Ragdoll may or may not have white gloves on the legs. The Burmese’s head is more rounded, while the Ragdoll has a more triangular head
  • Male cats tend to wait for females and young cats to eat first

Why get a Sacred Cat of Burma?

The Sacred cat of Burma is a cat not only extremely pleasant from an aesthetic point of view, but also very balanced, docile and playful. It is perfect for anyone who wants a cat that loves cuddles and is very attached to its humans. Given its elegant and particular appearance, we do not recommend keeping it in the garden, unless it is controlled by sight.

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