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The Birman is another ‘colour point’ cat, with a pale cream to white coat over the body, and coloured points, i.e., the face, ears, legs and tail. The Birman is a semi long-haired cat with a silky soft, luxuriant coat, beautiful blue eyes and pure white feet (gloves on the front paws, socks on the back.) Under the fur this is a moderately built cat, medium to large with a well-muscled body, rounded face and neat ears.

12 - 16 years
2.7 - 5.4kg
Birmans come in 20 different colours including the classic Siamese colours of seal, blue and lilac, and many more.
The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

The Birman cat breed can suffer from:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively.
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem. 
- Hypotrichosis which is a condition where areas of fur do not grow and this can result in skin infections.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for polycystic kidney disease which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition.


Due to their long history of selective breeding to fulfil a companion cat role, the Birman is an exceptionally friendly, laid back and relaxed pet. Birmans love to be with people, love to play and don’t have a strong hunting instinct. They are fairly gregarious, and will get along well with other cats and dogs if socialised well and introduced sensibly. Whilst not naturally a loud or noisy cat, the Birman can be quietly chatty. 

Vet Rating

History and Origins

Outdoors or Indoors

Enrichment and Specific Needs

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Birman Cats

Suitability for Family Life