Cat breeds (B)
Cats all have different personalities knowing about the breed to help determine what type of whiskered friend is right for you is a must when your thinking of getting a cat. Please remember all cats no matter how independent need love and affection.
The Balinese has a long, slender body, wedge-shaped head, and vibrant blue eyes. Its soft, ermine-like coat is short in contrast to those of other long-haired cats, and doesn’t form a ruff. The Balinese was at first registered as a “long-haired Siamese”, and examples were known from the early 1920s. The irregular long-haired kittens in a Siamese litter were seen as a peculiarity, and sold as household pets instead of show cats. In the mid-1950s this changed when two breeders, Marion Dorsey of Rai-Mar Cattery in California and Helen Smith of Merry Mews Cattery in New York, decided that they would start a breeding program for these longhaired cats. The Balinese loves attention; it is very playful and likes human company. Similar to the ancestor “Siamese”: the “Balinese” is a vocal breed which may vocalize for no evident reason, even if at lower volume than the Siamese. Balinese cats hardly ever scratch when irritated, but they moan and growl and at times hiss.
Bengal cats have “wild-looking” markings, such as large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure indicative of the Leopard Cat. The Bengal’s rosette spots occur only on the back and sides, with stripes elsewhere. The breed usually features horizontal striping alongside the eyes sometimes called mascara lines, and foreleg striping. They are bright, energetic, vocal and interactive cats.
Birmans have semi-long, smooth hair, a semi-cobby body and fairly small ears in comparison to other cat breeds and a Roman nose. A prominent feature is their blue eyes which stay blue all through their life. All Birmans are born white and they start developing their colours at the age of 1 week if they have a dark colour and at the age of 14 days, or more, if they have a clear colour. The first part which develops colour is the points of ears, nose and tail. The real colour is complete at two years old and after a cold season. No matter what their colouring is they will have pure white paws which I think is rather cute!
There are two different types of Bombay, the British and the American. The Bombay is a shorthair breed of domestic cat, very much related to the Burmese. The American cat breed, named Bombay, was bred in 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky, when Nikki Horner of Shawnee Cattery intentionally bred an American Shorthair with a Burmese for the purpose of creating a domesticated cat that resembled a “miniature black panther”. This earned the Bombay the nickname “parlour panther”. American Bombay’s have copper or golden eyes, and a jet-black coat. Occasionally, a Bombay kitten may be born sable coloured, because of its relation to the Burmese. The British Bombay cat is the name given to black cats of the Asian group. It is a cat of Burmese type with a black coat, toes, nose, and copper to greenish eyes. The close-lying, sleek and glossy black coat should be coloured to the roots, with little or no paling. Bombay’s tend to be attached to their families and do not like being left alone for long periods of time and crave attention, and for this reason this breed is highly suitable for children.
The Brazilian Shorthair is a medium-sized cat of great agility. The breed can be distinguished from the American Shorthair by its sleek and elegant appearance. Yet, cats of the breed are not as thin as the Siamese. The coat is short and close to the skin and comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns. Brazilian Shorthairs have dramatically expressive eyes. They are longer than they are tall and the males have bigger heads than females.
The Brazilian Shorthair Cat had its beginning when the engineer Paulo Samuel Ruschi, a cat breeder and founder of the first Cat Federation in Brazil and the first Cat Club in Rio de Janeiro, had the idea to change certain cats found in the streets of Brazil into a purebred cat. He fixed on the Iberian Peninsula cats, brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in their ships around 1500 A.D. From North to South of Brazil, commissions were created by Dr. Paulo Ruschi to study this animal in all of the country’s parks and streets. After long years of a tentative breeding program led by traditional breeders, the Brazilian Shorthair was finally approved by the World Cat Federation, with headquarters in Germany, as a Pure Breed cat. Now days, the Brazilian Shorthair cat can take part in contests all over the world.
British Shorthairs have thick, lush coats. Their eyes are large, round and widely set and can be a variety of colours, though the copper or gold eyes of the British blue are the best known. Their heads are round with full, plump cheeks. Their bodies are large, well-built, and muscular and are described as having a “cobby” build. The breed has a broad chest, shoulders and hips with short legs, round paws and a lush but not feathery tail that ends in a round or blunt tip. British Shorthairs are an easygoing breed of cat, they tend to be safe around children as they will tolerate a fair amount of physical interaction and hiss or scratch hardly ever. They have a steady character and take well to being kept as indoor-only cats, making them ideal for people living in flats.
Most present Burmese are descendants of one female cat called Wong Mau, which was brought from Burma to America in 1930. The first blue Burmese was born in 1955 in England. This was to be followed by red, cream, and tortoiseshell kittens over the next couple of decades. A great deal effort was put in to remove banding patterns from the coats, and to decide whether these new colours counted as Burmese. Champagne coloured cats known as “chocolate” in the United Kingdom appeared in America, but breeding was impeded by the negative response of breed clubs to acknowledge that Burmese cats could be any colour other than Brown. In 1971, the first lilac kitten was born, being the latest solid colour introduced in Burmese. During the 1970s, brown, chocolate /champagne, blue, and lilac tortoiseshell types were developed in England. In America, the chocolate /champagne, blue, and lilac platinum colours were accepted for registration as a separate breed, the Malayan in 1979. These cats are lively and intelligent but can be very needy.
The Burmilla was originally produced accidentally in the United Kingdom. Two cats, a Chinchilla Persian named Sanquist, and a lilac Burmese named Faberge, were both awaiting a partner of their own breed in different rooms. One night the cleaner left the door open. The two cats bred, producing four kittens born in 1981 that were so sweet that a new breed was born.
Burmillas are medium-sized with powerfully built yet graceful bodies, tending to weigh between 3-6 kg. Their distinctive feature is their sparkling silver coat, and distinguishing “make up” lining the nose, lips and eyes.
The Burmilla is quite a cheeky and self-sufficient cat who adores its owner and displays many kitten-like characteristics even into adulthood. In personality they are companionable, mischievous, and loving, and get along well with children and other animals. Burmillas should be fed a balanced diet of raw meat, canned food, and dry food. Weekly brushing of the coat is recommended.