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Traditional Burmese Cat – Cat Breed Guide

Adopt a Traditional Burmese Cat, Cat Breed Guide


The Traditional Burmese Cat is not a breed but a strain, type or lineage of the Burmese Cat breed.

There are several feline associations led by the Cat Fancier’s Association that recognizes two distinct bloodlines of the Burmese Cat Breeds:
The Traditional Burmese Cat Bloodline
The Contemporary or Modern Burmese Bloodline

The Traditional follows the original Standards of the Burmese, traits of which can be seen in the American Burmese cat breed that is recognized by the Co-Ordinating Cat Council of Australia or CCCA as well as the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines.

Official Name

The Traditional Burmese Cat name is a term used to classify the bloodlines of the Burmese cat.


Traditional Burmese cat shares the same history of the original Burmese cat that originates in Burma but first appeared in the Siam region of South East Asia, now modern-day Thailand. This particular bloodline of the Burmese can trace its origin in the United States. During the 1930s, retired Naval Doctor Dr. Joseph Thompson brought the first Burmese female to the United States from Burma, the country now known as Myanmar. This lone female is the progenitor of the modern Burmese breed as well as the American Burmese lineages.

Quick FAQs

Size: The Traditional Burmese cat is typically medium in size and substantially built with a compact frame.

Coat Type: Traditional Burmese cat has a short hair type of coat.

Body Type: Traditional Burmese cat has a compact cobby type body.

Grooming Requirement: Traditional Burmese cat is a short-haired domestic feline that will require little grooming attention.

Vocal Tendency: Traditional Burmese cat is known to be vocal and will display average talkativeness.

Energy Levels: Traditional Burmese cat has a very high energy level.

Time Alone: Traditional Burmese cats will require 4 to 8 hours of alone time every day.

Care: Traditional Burmese cats need plenty of attention and can be a handful.

Recognized By

Cat Fanciers’ Association – recognize the Traditional Burmese Cat Bloodline as a distinct type of the two Burmese Breeds listed in their registry.
Other feline organizations recognize the Traditional Burmese types of cats as the American Burmese breed, a distinct and separate feline breed.


The Traditional Burmese cat bloodline can trace its origins to the Kingdom of Siam, the area now covering modern-day Thailand and Burma or modern Myanmar. But to be precise, this bloodline is directly from the American Burmese cat that was first developed in San Francisco, California during the 1930s. Pioneer breeding credits go to retired Naval Doctor named Dr. Joseph Thompson who imported the first specimen to the US. Dr. Thompson acquired the specimen from Burma, it was a brown coated female cat which he named Wong Mau. This cat is considered to be the ancestor of all modern Burmese cats.


The Traditional Burmese cat is very affectionate and known to be people-oriented.  Traditional Burmese cats genuinely enjoys the company of family and friends. This Burmese cat lineage requires a reasonable amount of interaction, attention and “quality time” with their human owners. A Traditional Burmese cat will be vocal, much like its Asian cousin the Siamese but sweeter sounding and softer in volume. These are Burmese cats that will form strong bonds with their humans and not known to be aggressive to people in general. When it comes to other cats, the Traditional Burmese can get aggressive and will defend themselves impressively even against larger opponents.


The Traditional Burmese cat is a medium-sized domesticated feline with a muscular body that is cobby in type. This particular bloodline of Burmese is considered the stockier variety. The cat’s entire body is rounder, from head, ears, eyes and feet. These cats profiles can be described as pug-like.

The Traditional Burmese cat line is a medium-sized domesticated cat that is perfectly conditioned with noticeable muscle tones. The body shape is round from the head down to their paw.

Traditional Burmese cats have bodies that are cobby-type. The built is compact in appearance with a noticeable broad rib cage that is heavy for a medium-sized cat. The back area is slightly rounded from the shoulders and hips. These are cats with are muscular and very sturdy.

Head, Ears and Eyes
Traditional Burmese lines are cats with pleasingly rounded heads and no visible flat planes. These cats have medium-sized ears and are set well apart and will be broad at the base and have rounded tips. The ears will be tilted slightly forward. These cats have large eyes that are set far apart and rounded.

Coat and Tail
Traditional Burmese cat has a medium length tail that is never short or whipped in length. These cats’ tails are tapering to a blunt tip end. The coat is short and fine with a satin-like texture.

A traditional Burmese cat comes in Sable, Champagne, Blue and Platinum colors but will have more intensified coloring on its legs, tail, mask and ears.


The Traditional Burmese cat breed is prone to diabetes and a genetic disease known as hypokalaemia.



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