About birman

The breed of Sacred Birman is considered to be elite nowadays. They are notable for their exterior and refined charm, for their special temper. Of course, each animal has its individuality and personality! Still, there are certain specific breed features. The Sacred Birman is known for its good nature and easy disposition. Our Birmans are tender, full of life, playful, curious and sociable, gentle and calm. They are fond of their fellows, of us – people, and what is important for us, is surely important for them. I have never seen them frightened, nervous or aggressive. The cats of this breed are very sociable and communicative, and that is why, I am sure, Birman should never be lonely! By bringing a Sacred Birman to your home, be ready for a big responsibility. Do not forget — they need your love and care. According to their temper, Birmans are, probably, the ideal cats.


To appreciate the legend of the Birman one must visualise the beautiful temples in ancient Burma. The magnitude of the Buddha idols helps to impress upon us the deep religious faith the people have, their belief in the reincarnation of souls and their deep respect and love for their Priests. The watchful and loving care of the 100 white temple cats is due to their belief that the Priests are returned in the form of the Sacred Cats of Burma after death.
Centuries ago the Khmer people of Asia built beautiful temples of worship to pay homage to their gods. The temple of Lao-Tsun housed Kyan Kse, a beautiful golden goddess with sapphire blue eyes, who watched over the transmutation of souls. Mun-Ha, one of the most beloved of the priests, whose beard had been braided with gold by the great god Son-Hio, often knelt in meditation before the golden goddess of Tsun-Kyan-Kse. Sinh, a beautiful and faithful white temple cat, was always at his side, and shared his meditations. As the holy priestprayed, the sacred cat would gaze at the brilliant goddess.
One night as the moon rose and Mun-Ha was kneeling before the sacred goddess, raiders attacked the temple and Mun-Ha was killed. At the moment of Mun-Ha’s death, Sinh placed his feet upon his fallen master and faced the golden goddess.
Immediately the hairs of his white body were as golden as the light radiating from the beautiful golden goddess, her beautiful blue eyes became his very own, and his four white legs shaded downwards to a velvety brown; but where his feet rested gently on his dead master, the whiteness remained white, thus denoting the purity of the Priest’s soul passing into the cat.

History of the Birman Cat

Two Englishmen, Major Gordon-Russell and August Pavie, who were living in France at the time, received a pair of Birmans from the Kittah people in 1919 as gratitude for their part in saving the temple from being overrun by invading enemies. The male died during the ocean journey to his new home but the female survived and was in kitten to him, thus producing the first Birmans in the western world from which todays breed originates.
During the war, all pedigreed cats in Europe suffered a great set back. Only two Birmans survived, a pair named ?Orloff? and ?Xenia de Kaabaa?. The offspring of this pair formed the new foundation of the Birman breed in post-war France. Longhaired breeds had to be used to guarantee the continual existence of the Birman, but by the early 1950’s pure Birman litters were being produced from Birman parents.
The Controlling Body in France began to recognise the potential of this breed on the show bench and by 1955, the Birman was once again recognised as a pure bred aristocrat in Europe. From that time only Birman was bred to Birman, the Controlling Body condoned no outcrossing into other lines. It has taken over thirty years of breeding to bring the Birman up to the high standard existing today.
In the early 1960’s Mrs Elsie Fisher together with Mrs M. Richards imported the first Birmans into Britain from France. They imported a seal point male, «Nouky de Mon Reve» and two blue point females, «Orlamonde de Khlaramour» and «Osaka de Lugh». These imports became the foundation for Birman breeding in Britain and still appear in many of the present day pedigrees.
Birmans were first introduced into Australia by Mrs Judith Starkey who imported a pair of seal point Birman cats from Mrs Fisher in Britain. Early in 1968 ‘Stacpoly Kharma’ and «Praha Shigatse» were on their way to Australia on board the «Bendigo». They, together with several other cats were housed on the deck of the «Bendigo» and were looked after by an Agricultural student. However, after being at sea for only one week, Kharma and Shigatse became ill, and the First Officer, being very fond of cats, moved the pair into the «Officers Smoking Room». Here they remained for the rest of the journey and were fondly renamed «Boysie and Girlsie» by the First Officer and crew. A sign was promptly put on the Officers Smoking Room door — «Live Cats — Do Not Open».
They arrived safely in Sydney on 15 March, 1968 and after a spell of quarantine settled down with their new family. Since then many more blood lines have been introduced from France, Germany and America as well as the United Kingdom.
In Australia both blue point and seal point Birmans have been bred and shown since the introduction of the Birmans. In recent years new colours have been introduced, and now chocolate and lilac point, red and cream point, tabby point and tortie point Birmans can be found on the show bench.