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Sacred Temple Cat Club of New Zealand Inc
Specialising in Beautiful Birmans

The Birman Standard

 

NZCF Standard for Birman cats:

The Birman is a strong boned semi-longhaired cat. There must be strong definition between colour of points and white of paws and gauntlets.

Head

Strongly boned, slightly rounded in the muzzle. Broader than high, forehead slopes well back, is slightly convex in profile with flatter appearance in front of and between ears

Jaws

Strong, cheeks full & well developed.

Nose

Medium in length, in proportion to size of head. Slightly Roman in shape, but not to excess.

Chin

Full and strong with a straight bite.

Ears

Medium in size, set moderately far apart and slightly flared.

Eyes

Almost round in shape, widely spaced but not bold.

Body

Of good length, yet muscular and solid. Neck strong and of medium length. Broad chest. Males much more robust than females.

Legs & Paws

Strongly boned. Medium in length. Large round paws. Stiff rear legged gait.

Tail

Length to just before the shoulders. Bushy, fur slightly oval at tip, flowing in repose but carried thrown backwards with a curl at the tip.

Coat 

Medium in length, silken in texture, with no undercoat. Full ruff around neck slightly curled on belly and fur of such texture that it will not matt.

BODY COLOUR

Head

Mask adult should cover the face to over the eyes but joined to ears by tracings.  Chin shaded to match mask.

Legs 

Leg point colour to go up to just above the elbows on the front and to merge into flanks at the rear. Leg colour lighter inside legs.

Gauntlets 

Front paws white gloved in an even line across the paws at the third joint. Back paws have white gauntlets which cover back paws extending in a line up the back of the legs in the shape of a spearhead, to reach a point just below the middle of the hock. Evenly matched gloves and gauntlets are desirable.

The paws are white gloved giving the characteristic look of the Birman cat.

Paw Pads

Pink or pink blotched with the points colour.

Eye Colour

Blue, clear and bright, the deeper the better.

 

FAULTS

WITHHOLD CHALLENGE

  • Strongly almond shaped eyes
  • Areas of white in points other than gloves/gauntlets
  • Blotches/spots of colour in gloves or gauntlets
  • Lack of width in head
  • Small rounded ears
  • Lack of white gloves on any paw
  • Lack of gauntlets on back legs
  • Crossed eyes
  • Kink in tail
  • Coloured toes
  • White chin spot
  • Squint

NB. The white feet are characteristic of the Birman and whilst it is desirable to have them perfect,  they should not be given preference over the TYPE of the cat. A cat may be SLIGHTLY imperfect in gloves and gauntlets yet still be eligible for top awards. While allowances should be made for incomplete points colour in kittens; in adult cats it is desirable to have even points colour.

COLOURS

In New Zealand the following colours are recognised:

Seal Point

SBI

      

Blue Point

SBI A

Chocolate Point

SBI D

 

Lilac Point

SBI C

Red Point

SBI K

 

Cream Point

SBI G

Caramel Point

SBI k/A 

 

Apricot Point

SBI k/G

Blue Caramel Point

SBI E 

 

Lilac Caramel Point

SBI k/C

Seal Tortie Point

SBI E/B

 

Blue Tortie Point

SBI E/A

Chocolate Tortie Point

SBI E/K

 

Lilac Tortie Point

SBI E/C

Caramel Tortie Point

SBI sk/EA 

 

Lilac Caramel Tortie Point 

SBI sk/EC 

Blue Caramel Tortie Point

SBI F 

 

Seal Tabby Point

SBI F/B

 

Blue Tabby Point

SBI F/A

Chocolate Tabby Point

SBI F/D

 

Lilac Tabby Point

SBI F/C

Caramel Tabby Point

SBI F/K

 

Cream Tabby Point

SBI F/G

Blue Caramel Tabby Point 

SBI k/FA 

 

Apricot Tabby Point

SBI k/FG

 

 

 

Lilac Caramel Tabby Point

SBI k/FC

Seal Tortie Tabby Point

SBI F/E

 

 

 

Chocolate Tortie Tabby Point

SBI F/EB

 

Blue Tortie Tabby Point

SBI F/EA

Caramel Tortie Tabby Point

SBI F/EK

 

Lilac Tortie Tabby Point

SBI F/EC

Blue Caramel Tortie Tabby Point

SBI k/FEK

 

Lilac Caramel Tortie Tabby Point 

SBI k/FEK 

Silver and Tabby Series

Seal Smoke Point

SBI s

      

Blue Smoke Point

SBI s/A

Chocolate Smoke Point

SBI s/B

 

Lilac Smoke Point

SBI s/C

Red Smoke Point

SBI s/D

 

Cream Smoke Point

SBI s/G

Caramel Smoke Point

SBI s/K

 

Apricot Smoke Point

SBI s/kG

Blue Caramel Smoke Point

SBI sk/A

 

Lilac Caramel Smoke Point

SBI sk/C

Seal Smoke Tortie Point

SBI s/E

 

Blue Smoke Tortie Point

SBI s/EA

Chocolate Smoke Tortie Point

SBI sE/B

 

Lilac Smoke Tortie Point

SBI s/EC

Seal Smoke Tortie Tabbypoint

SBI s/EF

 

Blue Smoke Tortie Tabbypoint

SBI s/EFA

Seal Silver Tabby Point

SBI sF

 

Blue Silver Tabby Point

SBI s/FA

Chocolate Silver Tabby Point

SBI s/FB

 

Lilac Tabby Silver Point

SBI s/FC

Red Silver Tabby  Point

SBI s/FD

 

Cream Silver Tabby Point

SBI s/FG

Caramel Silver Tabby Point

SBI s/FK

 

Apricot Silver Tabby Point

SBI s/FKG

Blue Caramel Silver Tabby Point

SBI sk/FA

 

Lilac Caramel Silver Tabby Point

SBI sk/FC

Seal Tortie Silver Tabbypoint

SBI s/FE

 

Blue Tortie  Silver Tabbypoint

SBI s/FEA

Chocolate Tortie Silver Tabbypoint

SBI s/FEB

 

Lilac Tortie Silver Tabbypoint

SBI s/FEC

Caramel Tortie Silver Tabbypoint

SBI s/FEK

 

 

 

Blue Caramel Tortie Silver Tabbypoint

SBI sk/FEA

 

Lilac Caramel Tortie Silver Tabbypoint

SBI sk/FEC

 

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