Sacred Birman Cattery

Sacred Birman Cat: Breed Standard

The sacred birman cat shows a special morphology, which is unique for the breed.

- The head has strong bone and should have a slightly rounded forehead. Cheeks must be full and rounded.

- The nose is of medium length without stop, but with a slight indentation.

- The chin is firm.

- Ears should be small with rounded tips and set slightly tipped, not too upright on the skull with good width between

- Eyes should be slight oval and of medium size, not oval. They must be deep blue. Legs are short and strong, with rounded paws.

-The sacred birman is a medium sized cat, with a slightly long body. Males must be more massive than females.

- The special feature of the Sacred Birman is the white feet, called “gloves”, on both the front and hind feet. These gloves must be absolutely pure white. They should stop at the articulation or at the transition of toes to metacarpals, over which they should not extend. Slightly longer white gloves on the hind feet can be tolerated. On the back of the hind feet the white gloves end in points. The ideal “gauntlets’’ end in inverted “V’’ and extend to ½ to ¾ of the way up the hock. Lower or higher gauntlets are acceptable but should not go beyond the hock. It is important that the gloves are equally long and show symmetry of white, on either the two front or two hind feet, or even better, on all four feet.

-The tail is of medium length, forming a plume

-The coat is long to semi-long, according to the actual parts of the body. It’s short on the face, gradually growing longer on the cheeks to a full frill, long on the back and the flanks. It should have a silky texture with little undercoat.

The sacred birman is a colourpoint cat, that means that it has colour only on the points. The points include the mask in the face, ears, legs, tail and genitals. They shall be even and in good contrast to the body colour, that should be as pale as possible. Slightly shading on the flanks is permissible. Only in adult cats are the colour of the points and of the body fully developed