STANDARD OF POINTS FOR BURMESE
(amended October 2009)

The Burmese is an elegant cat of a foreign type, which is distinctive and quite individual to the breed. In character they are alert, active, intelligent, extremely friendly and affectionate.

HEAD

The head, carried on a medium neck, should be in proportion to the body. Viewed from the front, it should form a short wedge, wide at the cheek bones and tapering to a blunt finish at the muzzle. The top of the head should be slightly rounded between the ears, which are set well apart so that the outer line of the ears continue the shape of the upper part of the face. However, in mature males who have developed full jowls and a sturdy neck, this will not be so apparent. Allowance should be made for a teething pinch in kittens.
In profile the head should show good depth between the top of the skull and the lower jaw. The brow should be slightly rounded. There should be a distinct nose break followed by a straight nose ending with the tip of the nose in the same vertical plane as the chin. The lower jaw should show a good depth of chin.

EARS

Medium in size, broad at the base, rounded at the tip and having in profile a slight forward tilt.\ Allowance should be made for correctly shaped but overlarge ears in a kitten where the head size and shape is still developing.

EYES AND EYE COLOUR

Must be set well apart. They should be large and lustrous, the top line of the eye showing a slant towards the nose, the lower line being rounded. Any shade of yellow from chartreuse to amber, with golden yellow preferred. Burmese eye colour is very sensitive to variations in light intensity and colour. Wherever possible it should be assessed in north daylight. It is important that, when being judged, the eye colour of all the cats in the class should be assessed under identical light conditions. Allowance should be made for eye colour in a kitten where it may still be developing and for colour dilution in an older cat.

BODY

Of medium length and size, feeling hard and muscular and heavier that its appearance indicates. The chest should be strong and rounded in profile, the back straight from shoulder to rump.

LEGS AND PAWS

Legs should be slender and in proportion to the body, hind legs slightly longer than the front, paws neat and oval in shape.

TAIL

Straight, medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip. When the tail is brought gently round the side of the body the tip should reach the shoulder.

COAT

Short, fine, satin-like in texture, lying close to the body. The glossy coat is a distinctive feature of Burmese and is indicative of good health.

CONDITION

Cats should be well muscled with good weight for size, lively and alert.

COLOUR

In all colours the under parts will be lighter than the back but the shading should be gradual. Ears and face may be slightly darker in colour. The appearance of a Burmese should be that of a clear-coated cat, however slight tabby markings may be found on the face and small indeterminate markings elsewhere, except on sides and belly, are permissible in an otherwise excellent cat.  Slight tabby markings on the head may be seen in all colours, but are more apparent in reds and creams. In all colours the coat should shade gradually to the roots with no evidence of smoke effect, ticking or barring. Reds, Creams and Torties may show some freckling or brown pigmentation on ears, nose leather, eye rims, lips, paw pads.  The individual colour descriptions are for mature adults. Allowance should be made in kittens and adolescents for a lighter coat colour than the adult standard specifies. Paw pads may be a lighter colour in kittens than adults.

Note: In the case of the four Tortie colours 27e,27g,27h and 27j the colours may be mingled or blotched; blazes, solid legs or tails are all permissible. Variations in the overall effect of the Tortie coat pattern are to be expected; either colour may dominate.

WITHHOLD CERTIFICATES OR FIRST PRIZES IN KITTEN OPEN CLASSES

1. Oriental type e.g. straight profile with no nose break, overlarge flared ears, whip tail
2. British type e.g. square cobby body, round head, small ears
3. Small, fine-boned or dainty adults
4. Lack of weight or condition
5. Eyes that are oriental, almond or round in shape, excessively small, close set or protuberant.
6. Eyes that are blue, copper or showing more blue than yellow pigmentation.
7. A noticeable number or patch of white hairs
8. Extremely aggressive behaviour
9. Any defect as listed in the preface to the SOP booklet

FAULTS

1. Muzzle pinch in adults
2. Flat or dished brows
3. Nose showing bumps or nose leather falling away markedly.
4. Eyes that are straight set
5. Green or orange eyes
6. Ticking, smoke undercoat or tabby markings, except for slight markings on the head as previously defined.
7. Extremes of coat colour.
8. Slight bony excrescence at end of tail

COLOURS

Brown 27 The coat should be a rich, warm seal brown. Nose leather rich brown. Paw pads brown.
Blue 27a The coat should be a soft blue-grey. There should be a distinct silver sheen on rounded areas such as ears, face and feet. Nose leather dark-grey. Paw pads pinkish grey.
Chocolate 27b The coat should be a warm milk chocolate. Evenness of colour overall is very desirable. Nose leather warm chocolate brown. Paw pads brick pink shading to chocolate.
Lilac 27c The coat should be a pale, delicate dove-grey with a slight pinkish cast. Nose leather and paw pads lavender pink.
Red 27d The coat should be tangerine. Nose leather and paw pads pink.
Brown Tortie 27e The coat should be brown with shades of red. Nose leather and paw pads plain or blotched, brown and pink.
Cream 27f The coat should be cream, showing a distinct bloom on ears, the top of the head and back, resulting in a powdered effect. Nose leather and paw pads pink
Blue Tortie 27g The coat should be blue with shades of cream. Nose leather and paw pads plain or blotched blue and pink.
Chocolate Tortie 27h The coat should be chocolate with shades of red. Nose leather and paw pads plain or blotched chocolate and pink.
Lilac Tortie 27j The coat should be lilac with shades of cream. Nose leather and paw pads plain or blotched lilac and pink.

SCALE OF POINTS

Type (65): Head & Neck 20
  Ears 10
  Eye shape & set 10
  Body 15
  Legs & paws 5
  Tail 5
Coat, Colour and Condition (30): Eyes 5
  Body 10
  Texture 5
  Condition 10
Temperament (5)   5

Note: The cat as a whole should be taken into consideration before making a final asessment.