The breed standard - Mahabodhi Birmans
The breed standard 2020-04-20T20:38:30+00:00

The breed standard


The breed standard describes the ‘ideal’ Sacred Birman.
This perfect cat will probably never be born!

The Sacred Birman is a colourpoint cat with silky semi long hair and white feet. It is a strongly built cat of medium size, with a relatively heavy bone structure, well muscled, and harmonic outline. The legs are thick and medium length, with strong paws. The tail is of medium length and well furnished. In top condition the coat presents a full ruff around the neck. The cat is lively and intelligent. The normal weight of a female is around 3,5 kilos and males weigh from 5 kilos on.

Because the head and the white markings are very characteristic of the breed, her is some more information about these parts:


desired profile              acceptable profile        unacceptable profile

The head is slightly wedge-shaped and has a rounded skull. The forehard is convex, a bit rounded above the eyes, and rather flat on the top. The cat has broad cheeks with powerful jaws and a full chin. Seen in profile the head presents a roman profile, a medium length bold nose with a slight dip, not a stop.

The ears are rather low set and wide, of moderate size, at the basis as broad as their height, and are well furnished. The top of the ear is rounded.

The eyes are deep blue in colour (sapphire blue), almost round or somewhat oval. They have to be placed on a straight line, the outer corners a bit highter than the inner, creating the special “look” of the breed.

The breed standard describes the ideal cat. Although there are hardly any perfect cats, the faults of the Sacred Birman compared to the breed standard can easily be seen, because of the white markings. In principle breeders should use cats presenting the best possible marking, but not withou forgetting the overall type of the cat. What makes a Birman such a special cats is the harmonic total: type of head and body, markings and character.



The markings of a show quality cat have to meet severe criteria. The only spots on the body where a white coat is allowed, are the feet. White spots on all other parts of the body will lead to disqualification in shows. The markings have to respect a minimum and a maximum limit as indicated in the figures underneath.

Maximum limits of markings for show cats


Minimal required limits of markings for show cats

The gloves of the front feet are symmetrical and do not exceed the joint of the paws and feet. At the backside the white should not be higher than the sixth toe. The white socks of the hind feed cover the entire paw and taper up the back of the leg until about 2/3 of the hocks, the so called gauntlets.


    • The lack of one or two gauntlets on hind feet
    • White spots in coloured parts or vice versa. White spots on genitals.
    • A coloured toe or coloured spots in white markings
    • White on the side or the back of front legs going up high (runners)
    • White spots on other parts than feet (for instance white chin)
    • Grossly asymmetrical markings of gloves and socks
    • Squint
    • Node or fracture in tail
    • Nose leather not pigmented