Canadian Cat Association Standard

The overall impression of the ideal Burmese is that of a compact, muscular, satin-coated cat of rich, solid colour and substantial bone structure with surprising weight for its size. Its cobby body, inquisitive, sweet-faced expression and bear-like walk make it an unique breed.




(25) Body - Body is medium in size, compact and muscular with stocky boning. Body structure is broad and short, coupled with a broad, rounded chest, heavy flanks and level back. Short, thick neck.

(5) Legs and Feet - Legs are wide-set, sturdy, proportionately short with solid, rounded feet. Claws may be partially non-retractable.

(5) Tail - Proportionately short and heavily muscled with a blunt end.

II - HEAD TYPE (25 Points)

(15) Head - Rounded and full, without flat planes whether viewed from the front or side. Considerable width exists between the eyes. Muzzle is broad, short and well-developed. In profile, a definite nose-break is evident.

(5) Ears - Medium in size, tilting forward with slightly rounded tip.

(5) Eyes - Large, round and set far apart.


Fine, short, close-lying, glossy coat.

IV - COLOUR (25 Points)

(20) BODY COLOUR - Slight shading on the face and ears is not to be penalized. This is more prominent on the Blue and Champagne colours.

(5) EYE COLOUR - Eye colour ranges from yellow to gold; the greater depth and brilliance the better. Greenish eyes are a fault.


Hard and muscular, with no evidence of obesity, paunchiness, weakness or apathy.


Deep stop in nose.
5 - 10
Indentation between eyes.
5 - 10
Faint barring.
5 - 10
Thick coat or coarse texture.
2 - 3
Greenish eyes.
1 - 3
NOTE: For greenish eyes, some allowance should be given to kittens as well as to cats over the age of three years.


  1. Strong barring.
  2. Definite leg gauntlets on Champagne.
  3. Brown or honey-beige colour on face, ears, legs or tail (platinum). Kittens showing medium grey instead of a very pale silver (platinum). Cream coloured cat not showing a definite silvery-grey (platinum).
  4. Blue eyes.
  5. Any ground for withholding awards as listed in the General Preface.


Sable, Blue, Champagne and Platinum only.

BREED ORIGIN: Established Breed.


SHOWING REQUIREMENTS: No Foundation Allowed.


SABLE: The mature specimen should possess a rich, warm brown which shades almost imperceptibly to a slightly lighter hue on the under parts. Otherwise, without markings of any kind. Allowance is to be made for lighter colour in kittens and adolescents. Nose and paw leathers are dark brown.
BLUE:  The mature specimen should be a rich, sound, even gray-blue of velvety texture. The coat is characterized by a high sheen which gives the illusion of iridescence. The undersides are paler in colour than the back. Nose leather is blue-gray. Paw leather is blue-gray with a possible pinkish tinge.
CHAMPAGNE: The mature specimen should be a sound, warm beige which shades to a pale gold-tan underside. A gradual darkening in older specimens is allowed. The emphasis is to be put on evenness of colour. Nose leather is light warm-brown. Paw leather is a warm pinkish-tan. Withhold awards for definite leg gauntlets.
PLATINUM: The mature specimen should be a pale silvery-gray colour with seasonal fawn overtones. A slight darkening of the face and ears is permissible. This is due to the extreme paleness of the cat. Allowances are to be made for gradual, and even, darkening of adults, as long as the coat remains a distinct silver. The coat colour is allowed to shade to lighter tones on the chest, abdomen and insides of the legs. Nose and paw leathers are a warm gray (lavender-pink), of a tone which matches the cat; that is, neither too dark, nor too pale. 

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