According to Buddhist stories, the Birman cat was created by a Burmese goddess. The tale tells of a litter of pure white cats that once lived in a temple dedicated to her.
But it wasn’t until the murder of one of the temple’s priests that the breed came to be. It was said that after the priest’s death, one of the cats stared into an effigy of the goddess, transforming it into a shiny golden color.
Although the Birman is generally regarded for their traditional seal point coloring (more on that later) the breed can come in many different colorings. Let’s take a look at the different colorways that the Birman can take on.
The 10 Types of Birman Cats
1. Seal Point
This the classic Birman color and pattern most think of when the breed is mentioned. Seal point coloring is a golden cream (or beige) color with dark seal brown markings found primarily around the face, ears, and paws.
2. Blue Point
Blue point is another classic pattern found for the Birman. It’s extremely similar to the Seal Point Birman. However, instead of dark seal brown markings, you’ll find blue markings instead. Blue doesn’t necessarily mean “blue” either. In the cat world, blue is just another fancy name for grey.
3. Chocolate Point
The chocolate point pattern follows the same general look as the blue and seal point. However, there are a few distinct differences. First off, instead of a golden cream color, the base color is intense ivory. The markings are a deep chocolate brown—much richer than those of the seal point coloring.
4. Lilac Point
Lilac point is a very unique point pattern for the Birman. The point pattern remains the same; however, the colors are quite special. The base coat is a pale or white color similar to the original cats of legend. The point markings are a faded pinkish grey. Lilac point Birmans are one of the rarer patterns due to the recessive genes required to create the pattern.
5. Red Point
This color pattern features bright reddish-gold points that border on orange. With this pattern, the point colors tend to fade into the pale base coat. However, there’s something remarkable about this pattern. Red point Birmans tend to exhibit some tabby features and markings.
6. Cream Point
Cream point is the most unique pure colorpoint pattern. You might not even really see the point markings either. And that’s because the point markings are a light coffee cream color against a golden or beige base coat. On occasion, the base coat can be paler or whitish, leading the markings to become more visible.
Tortoiseshell points are a wonderful looking pattern. Instead of pure color marking, the points consist of three or four different colors all spotted together. The base coat of the Birman can either be ivory or golden with the points consisting of blue, chocolate, seal, and even black coloring.
Just as blue coloring refers to grey, smoke generally refers to silver. It’s just a fancy way of saying it. As smoke coloring pertains to Birmans, it’s unlike any other pattern on this list. And that’s because it’s a smoke-on-smoke pattern. The points are a darker silver laid on a light silver background.
Tabby Birmans aren’t necessarily defined by their distinct colors. They can come in any of the colorways mentioned above. And that’s for base coat and point colorings. However, they will exhibit the standard markings of any tabby cat including the signature “M” marking on their foreheads.
10. Silver Tabby
Silver Birman tabbies are a special variety of tabby. They’re the rarest form of Birman with only a few breeders focusing on this pattern. They’re extremely similar to smoke Birmans; however, they possess tabby markings.
Coats of Many Colors
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