European Burmese Cat

Did You Know?

The introduction of the red gene by accident is responsible for the array of colors associated with the European Burmese.


With a medium build, the European Burmese weighs 6-10 pounds.


Short, soft, thick, and glossy


Blue, brown, black, chocolate, cream, lilac, and silver are some of the common colors of the European Burmese

Life Span

10-15 years

With her gentle and affectionate nature, the European Burmese is a loyal companion to her human friends. She seeks your companionship and picks her favorite person in the family. The playful and pet-friendly cat breed has a lifespan of 10-15 years and it is an eager learner during the socialization process.

Physical Characteristics of European Burmese

Medium-sized, strongly boned, and a stoutly built cat, the European Burmese boasts her elegant lines and round contours. These cats have a long and slim body and well-defined musculature. The European Burmese has also excellent acrobatic, climbing, and jumping skills despite her small, oval paws and slender legs.

With a gently rounded head, the shape of her luminous, striking eyes with a rounded aperture gives the cute little kitty a distinctive look. The color of her stunning eyes ranges from yellow to amber and slanting toward the nose.

There is a good gap between the medium-sized ears that are rounded at the tip, with wide cheekbones tapering off to a blunt wedge. There is a top line on the forehead that curves slightly before slanting toward the short nose.

Another distinctive characteristic of European Burmese is her medium-length tail. It tapers off slightly to a rounded tip. The cat is heavier than she looks and is apt for the title “a brick wrapped in silk.”

Her short and satiny coat comes in a range of colors, from cream to blue, brown, lilac, chocolate, and red, with a lighter shade along the roots. Her top coat is darker than the kitty’s underside. A few members of the cat breed may have slight tabby markings on her face.

Their distinctive traits make the European Burmese a truly gorgeous cat breed, with gently rounded contours.

European Burmese Personality and Temperament

A truly affectionate, loyal companion, the European Burmese thrives on companionship. The intelligent kitty wants to be with you all the time. Playful and inquisitive, the kitty continues to display these traits even as an adult. You may found your cat always curious enough to participate in everything you do.

Although they will interact with everyone, including guests, they are happy to pick a favorite family member and be by their side all the time. Do not be surprised to find them in your lap whenever you sit or lie down. The cat just cherishes your love and affection.

A pet-friendly cat breed, the European Burmese is the right choice for families with pets and kids. Their friendly nature makes them outstanding pets. They adapt to every condition and stay close to family members. The cat loves toys and uses her acrobatic skills to reach out to them. No shelf is too tall for them to scale.

Their delightfully inquisitive and playful nature makes them a beautiful addition to pet-loving families. They adore young kids and always look forward to join them in every activity. Snuggling is their favorite pastime. They love to scuffle while at play and need to be treated gently.

They are attention seekers and constantly purr upon to remind family members about it. Their trusting nature makes them a family favorite. They do not fear casting their body at someone’s feet, seeking attention and affection.

Health and Care of European Burmese

The coat of these cats looks and feels superb. Brushing their short, silky coat regularly will help remove any loose hair and keep the fur in a beautiful condition.

They are such a loving cat breed that they value the grooming session as quality time spent with their human friends. The European coat rarely requires bathing.

The European Burmese is a generally healthy breed, though some members of the cat family are prone to gingivitis. Some of the diseases that may affect the breed include:

  • Corneal dermoid or the presence of hair and skin in the cornea
  • Gangliosidosis is a type of enzyme deficiency
  • Hypokalemic polymyopathy is a condition in which muscles of the cat become weak due to potassium deficiency in the blood
  • Orofacial pain syndrome
  • Congenital peripheral vestibular disease
  • Kinked tail
  • Flat-chested kitten syndrome
  • Elbow osteoarthritis
  • Endocardial fibroelastosis
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Diabetes mellitus

History and Background of European Burmese

The European Burmese finds her origin in the copper cat of Burma and the Siamese. The mother of the Burmese was Wong Mau, a small, dark-brown kitty belonging to Dr. Joseph Thompson. Wong Mau was bred to a seal-point Siamese. Her litter was in beige, brown color. The brown cats were then selected to develop another breed, which later came to be known as the Burmese.

In Great Britain, British Shorthair and red point Siamese were used in breeding. It resulted in litter in an array of colors, including cream, red, lilac tortie, brown tortie, and chocolate-tortie. The cat breed came to be known as the European Burmese or Foreign Burmese with its distinctive features.