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Birman Faq Maintained by Ronald C Thayer Taron Birmans
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The ideal Birman is a large, long stocky cat. It has long silky hair, not as thick as that of the Persian, and is of a texture that doesn't mat. The color of the coat is light, preferably with a golden cast, as if misted with gold. The "points" - face, legs and tail - are darker, similar to the Siamese and colorpointed Persian color patterns of seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point. The almost round eyes are blue, set in a strong face with heavy jaws, full chin and Roman nose with nostrils set low. The very distinctive white feet are ideally symmetrical. The gloves on the front feet, if perfect, go across in an even line, and on the back feet end in a point up the back of the leg, called laces. It is very difficult to breed a cat with four perfect white gloves.
Birmans do not present the constant motion of a three ring circus but can be playful, particularly if they have another animal friend or human with a little time to spend. They are the essential companion cat wishing always to be WITH their human/s. In fact if the human/s have to be away from home a lot they may find they need to get a companion for their Birman. Two Birmans do very well together.
"If you are asking for my most important part of what a Birman is to me.. it is the temperament.. all else comes after.. white feet, after .. those beautiful blue eyes. If you can't handle/love/cuddle/ what good is it?" - Sharon Lann (Forevermore Birmans)
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