Welcome to Kriska Birmans. My Name is Debra Saunders. I live in the St George area of Sydney, I have been Breeding Birman's since the Year 2000. My occupation being a Vet Nurse first introduced me to this delightful and beautiful breed, since then I knew this was the cat for me. It wasn't until I owned my second Birman that I was introduced to breeding. I maintain being a small breeder having my kittens raised indoor's so that they are well socialised. I choose to breed one litter at a time so that individual attention is given to my kittens. My Birman's are great indoor pets, their personalities are unique and most delightful.
The Birman cat is believed to have originated in Burma, where it was considered sacred, and the companion cat of the Kittah priests. There is a legend as to how the Birman's developed the colours they are today, Originally, the guardians of the Temple of LaoTsun were yellow-eyed white cats with long hair. The golden goddess of the temple, Tsun-Kyan-Kse, had deep blue eyes. The head priest, Mun-Ha, had as his companion a beautiful cat named Sinh. One day the temple was attacked and Mun-Ha was killed. At the moment of his death, Sinh placed his feet on his master and faced the goddess. The cat’s white fur took on a golden cast, his eyes turned as blue as the eyes of the goddess, and his face, legs and tail became the colour of earth. However, his paws, where they touched the priest, remained white as a symbol of purity. All the other temple cats became similarly coloured. Seven days later, Sinh died, taking the soul of Mun-Ha to paradise.
The modern history of the Birman is almost as shrouded in mystery as its legendary origin. What is known for certain is that, probably around 1919, a pair of Birman cats were clandestinely shipped from Burma to France. The male cat did not survive the arduous conditions of the long voyage, but the female, Sita, did survive, and happily, was pregnant. From this small foundation the Birman was established in the western world. The French cat registry recognized the Birman as a separate breed in 1925. By the end of World War II, only two Birman's were left alive in Europe, and a program of out crossing was necessary to re-establish the breed. Most cat registries require at least five generations of pure breeding after out crossings to fully accredit a breed for championship competition. Birman's were recognized by England in 1966 and by The Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1967. The ideal Birman is a large, long stocky cat. It has long silky hair, not as thick as that of the Persian, and is of a texture that does not mat. The colour of the coat is light, preferably with a golden cast, as if misted with gold. The “points” - face, legs and tail - are darker, similar to the Siamese and colour pointed Persian colour patterns of seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point. The almost round eyes are blue, set in a strong face with heavy jaws, full chin and Roman nose with nostrils set low. The very distinctive white feet are ideally symmetrical. The gloves on the front feet, if perfect, go across in an even line, and on the back feet end in a point up the back of the leg, called laces. It is very difficult to breed a cat with four perfect white gloves.
The Birman personality is marvellous - gentle, active, playful, but quiet and unobtrusive if you are busy with other things.
Phone: (02) 9534 4408
Mobile: 0419 259 909
Debra Saunders - Registered Birman Cat Breeder