The Birman now comes in an array of colors and patterns including seal, blue, chocolate, lilac and red factor points, and solid and tabby point patterns. At this time, the Cat Fancier's Association recognises solid pointed Birmans in seal, blue, chocolate and lilac.
The Birman has white gloves on all four feet and white "laces" or "gauntlets" on the back hocks. The white gloves should go across the front feet in an even line and be symmetrical. On the back feet, the gloves should also cover the foot and then extend up the back of the hock, ending in a point. Often too much or too little white on the feet is the only difference between a show cat and a pet.
Birmans are sweet tempered and social. They tend to get along with other pets and with children. They are playful, but not overly energetic. Birmans have sweet voices and are not overly vocal.
Birmans are a slow maturing breed. The Birman will generally achieve maturity at about 18 months, but may not reach its full size until the age of three.
Because of its sweet nature it is easy to handle, quick to learn and makes an ideal house pet.
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