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Also known as the "Sacred Cat of Burma", the Birman cat breed has a number of fanciful legends associated with its origin. Birmans first appeared in France in 1919 with a pregnant female imported from Burma (the male died en route). The breed was first recognized for championship status by a French cat registry. The breed's French name, Sacre de Birmanie, is the origin of the breed name Birman. Birmans first appeared in the United States in 1959 and in Great Britain five years later. It was accepted for championship status in GCCF in 1966 and in 1967 by CFA.

The Birman is a semi-longhaired cat, accepted only in the pointed pattern. It is distinguished from other pointed cats not only by its moderately stocky body type, but also by its four white feet. The pattern of the "gloves and laces" on the Birman is very precise on show cats.

The Birman personality is docile, quiet with a strong people orientation. Although longhaired, they do not need daily grooming.

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Interesting fact: By tradition, most Birman breeders name their cats according to the year. In one year, almost all Birman kittens will have names that begin with the same letter. Birman kittens born in 2010 have names starting with the letter H; 2011 is an letter I year, 2012 is a J year, and so on. This tradition, like its breed name, is French in origin.

Associations: The Birman breed is accepted in all associations.

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