The origins of the semi-longhaired Birman cat are a little mysterious. Often described as the “Sacred Cat of Burma,” some believe their ancestors were guardians of an ancient temple within a monastery in Burma. Somehow the Birman breed appeared in France in 1919 and became popular due to their stunning light colored fur coat with contrasting darker points, face, tail and ears. In fact, there are now twenty different colors of Birman cats – that’s what we call a cat-alogue of choice! They have mesmerising blue eyes and those thought to be a perfect example of the breed also have four vivid white paws.