The Burmese breed is totally distinctive both physically and temperamentally. They are the only natural breed of brown cat. Their short, satin-textured, glossy coat is traditionally a rich, warm sable brown and the eyes are gold. Selective breeding for other colour varieties has produced the magnificent blue Burmese as well a variety of other attractive hues ranging from red and cream to lilac and tortoiseshell.
Powerfully built, with excellent muscle tone, the Burmese is surprisingly heavy for their size. Their body is long and lithe with a rounded chest, rounded ear tips and small, dainty oval feet. Even to an untrained eye they look exotic.