European Burmese Cat Breed

The European Burmese is a medium-sized cat breed with short hair and an affectionate nature.
By: PawCulture Editors
European Burmese Cat

About the European Burmese Cat Breed

The European Burmese is a medium-sized cat breed with short hair and an affectionate nature. She is quite similar to “regular” Burmese from North America — other than the fact that the European Burmese comes in a wide array of colors such as blue, lilac, red and several tortie variations.

European Burmese Physical Characteristics

The European Burmese can be described as an elegant cat with subtle round contours. Her eyes, which range from yellow to amber in color, are large and expressive.


There are 10 official colors for the European Burmese, according to the European Burmese Breed Council: brown, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, cream, brown tortie, chocolate tortie, blue tortie and lilac tortie.


The European Burmese has a shorthaired coat.

European Burmese Personality and Temperament

The European Burmese is an affectionate and intelligent cat breed that thrives on companionship. In fact, you can expect her to snuggle up with you in bed or be in your lap whenever you’re at home.

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Most European Burmese cats are friendly towards other cats and even some dogs.

Things to Consider

If left alone too much, the European Burmese can easily become unhappy or depressed. If you expect to be away for long periods regularly, you may want to consider another cat companion or choosing a different cat breed as a pet.

European Burmese Care

Taking care of a European Burmese is very easy. She does not require bathing or an inordinate amount of time grooming in order to keep shedding under control.

Ideal Living Conditions

European Burmese cats fare the best in loving homes with people (or other animals) who can play with them or snuggle up together.

Special Requirements

As with all cats, you should regularly clip the European Burmese’s nails and provide her with a scratching post to avoid destruction of your furniture.

European Burmese Health

The European Burmese is considered a generally healthy cat breed.

European Burmese History and Background

The early history of the European Burmese and her North American Burmese counterpart are nearly identical, since both originally came from the same foundation stock. The European Burmese cat breed comes from the bloodlines of Wong Mau, the first Burmese that was imported to United States from Rangoon, Burma.

It wasn’t until 1940s when the history of the two Burmese types diverge. At that time Wong Mau’s descendants started to be imported to Britain by Siamese breeder Lilian France. It was these foundation cats from which the European Burmese was developed. The cat breed would then gain popularity and the establishment of breeding programs by other cat fanciers.

Due to the limited gene pool in Europe, Siamese cats were also later included in Burmese breeding programs. This is how some European Burmese cats began exhibiting a tortoiseshell-colored coat.

It wasn’t until 1994 that the European Burmese was accepted by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), first in the non-championship miscellaneous class. In 2000 the CFA granted the European Burmese provisional status and in 2002, the breed was advanced to championship status. Soon other cat associations followed including the American Cat Fanciers Association and United Feline Organization.

Today the European Burmese is most popular among cat fanciers who prefer a more moderate version of the North American Burmese.