The once highly prized cats were created by priests of the land, the only way to really tell the Birman cat apart from the Himalayan are by looking at their white paws. The large cat has a round head with a short nose, and medium long top coat. Other than size and color, personality is the most important in the breed standard, the cat should have an undignified presence.
The modern breed can be traced back to a pair given to a French soldier as a gift from a Burmese priest. The Birman is a big, gentle, beautiful cat that gets along nicely with dogs and kids. The centuries of domestication and refinement as a true companion and “house cat” are evident, and this gorgeous breed excels as a perfect modern day pet. This cat is an excellent choice for folks living in apartments. They are quiet, gentle, and patient, particularly with elderly people or infirmed individuals.