Burmese - BUR
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The ideal Burmese is a cat of medium size with substantial bone structure, good muscular tone and a surprising weight for its size.
Top of head
Short and broad wedge with prominent rounded cheek bones. Top of the head broad and with height, wide between the ears and slightly rounded.
Muzzle and chin
Broad and quite short muzzle with soft rounded contours.
Chin and lower jaw are firm.
Broad nose of even width. A straight nose is preferred, but a slightly downward nose leather is acceptable. The profile is clearly curved.
The eyes are large and set wide apart. The upper line of the eyes are set at an slight oriental slant, while the lower line is rounded. Colour varies from yellow to amber, golden yellow is preferred.
The ears are rather large in proportion to head, set wide apart and slightly tilted forward. They are broad at the base with slightly rounded tips. The outer lines of the ears continue the upper contours of the wedge.
Size and boning
The body is medium sized and of medium length. It is very muscular and more solid and heavier than it appears.
The chest is solid and rounded, when viewed in profile. The back is straight from the shoulders to the rump.
Medium length, strong.
Legs and paws
Rather slender and in proportion to the body, the paws are dainty and oval.
The tail is straight and of medium length, with a slightly rounded tip.
The coat is very short.
Sleek and silky to touch, fine and glossy. It lies close to the body and has almost no undercoat.
In all colour varieties are the underparts of the body paler than back and legs, but shading should be gradual. Hair should shade gradually to a paler colour at the roots. Face and ears may show a little contrast. All varieties without any bars or spotting.
See general part.
Special breed faults
Prominent nose bump.
Pronounced whisker break.
Narrow cheek bones.
Pale eye colour.
White spots anywhere.
Distinct barring and ghostmarkings.
Slight ghostmarkings and an overall lighter body colour should be tolerated in kittens.
Outcross with other breeds