Breeding and showing contemporary Burmese exclusively in CFA since 1993.
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Acrocats Burmese is a small cattery in the Orlando, FL area that raises Burmese cats. We have been breeding and showing contemporary Burmese exclusively in CFA since 1993, with a focus on producing healthy Burmese that meet the CFA show standard. While our number of grand champions and grand premiers may be small, we believe in quality versus quantity. We are members of NABB, the National Alliance of Burmese Breeders, CFA's only national Burmese breed club, and the CFA Burmese Breed Council.
We have a small number of kittens available each year. Primarily sable in color, but occasionally champagne as well. Our next litter will be available in the Fall of 2019.
We occasionally have retired adult cats available as well. Currently, as of May 2019, there are no adults available.
The Burmese is considered an established breed. The history of the Burmese in North America dates back to 1930 when Dr. Joseph Thompson of San Francisco acquired a walnut-colored cat from the Orient named Wong Mau. Dr.Thompson, along with other well-known breeders, Virginia Cobb and Billie Gerst and geneticist Dr. Clyde Keeler, developed a breeding program to identify and study the genetic characteristics of Wong Mau. Through their studies, the Burmese gene was identified and isolated. The first ever article published on the genetics of the domesticated feline was the result of this early breeding experiment. Wong Mau was to become the "mother" of the Burmese breed and all North American Burmese cats can trace their heritage back to Wong Mau.
The breed was proposed to CFA in 1934 and accepted for studbook registration in 1936. Siamese were used in the early breeding programs of the Burmese. In 1947, CFA suspended registration of the breed until this practice was eliminated. The breeders took this seriously, stopped using Siamese, developed a more defined standard and was reinstated for registration in 1953 and accepted for championship in 1957 and adopted the standard in 1959. This standard has remained essentially unchanged since then. For a breed, which has started in the US with just one cat in 1930, the Burmese has established themselves as a highly popular and successful member of the cat fancy. According to the Cat Fancier's Association 2003 registration statistics, Burmese is the 10th most popular breed.
The Burmese breed standard calls for a pleasingly round head without flat planes, a distinct nose break dividing the short muzzle from the rounded head and a sweet expression. Burmese ears should be rounded at the tip and tilt slightly forward, contributing to their sweet expression. The eyes should be large and luminous in yellow to gold color. Burmese are often described as "bricks wrapped in silk" because the Burmese carries a surprising weight for its size and is covered in a short, close-lying, glossy coat. CFA recognizes four colors of Burmese, sable, champagne, blue and platinum.
As a breed, Burmese are very people-oriented and inquisitive. They crave attention from their owners and even strangers. They delight in being the center of attention and want to be involved in all of the household activities. Having a Burmese around can brighten anyone's day. One look from those big gold eyes will melt your heart!
1. How long do Burmese usually live?
Burmese often live anywhere from 12 to 18 years. Many Burmese owners report their cats living into the late teens and early twenties and will often return to the breed for a kitten.
2. Do Burmese get along well with dogs?
Burmese often get along well with dogs that like cats. We have placed kittens in families with Goldens, Newfoundlands, Standard Poodles and Boxers and all kittens have done well. Many enjoy playing with the dogs while others just tolerate their presence. Of course, each kitten is different, so if you own a dog, it would be best to ask the breeder to select a kitten that they feel would do best with a dog in the household.
3. I have heard that Burmese are hypoallergenic. Is this true?
No, it is not true. While many cat owners with allergies to cat dander report an ability to tolerate Burmese, the breed is in no way hypoallergenic. Burmese can produce the same dander as any other breed and therefore cause allergies. If you do have an allergy to cats, the best way to test your allergies with Burmese is to visit the home of a breeder and handle the cats to determine what type of reaction may occur.
4. What is the difference between Burmese and European Burmese?
CFA now recognizes two "kinds" of Burmese. The Burmese breed was established in the early 1930's in the United States and was accepted for registration in CFA in 1936. The breeders in the United States chose a standard that selects for a rounder head style and shorter body. They also elected to keep Burmese to their four original colors – sable, champagne, blue and platinum. Breeders in Europe, however, elected to broaden the available colors (there are ten) and select for a different appearance over the last few decades, so the breed in that part of the world looks different. CFA now recognizes them as a separate breed and named them European Burmese. You can read more about the European Burmese breed here
5. What should I expect from a breeder when I buy a kitten?
There are a few basic things that you should expect when you purchase a kitten. You should expect that the kitten will be healthy at the time of sale as well as free of any congenital (problems that a kitten was born with) defects, unless disclosed by the breeder/seller. Any guarantees and/or warranties should also be explained to you and included in the purchase agreement. Your kitten should also be free of any contagious illnesses and you should be provided a record of any vaccinations and tests performed. For more information on how to purchase a kitten, please see: http://burmesecat.org/breeder-directory/
6. I prefer to get an 8-week-old kitten, but a breeder will not let me take it home
until it is 12 weeks old. Why?
Unlike puppies, kittens often require a longer socialization period at home with their mother. Being one of the smaller breeds, Burmese kittens need some extra time to grow and develop in order to ensure that you will get a wonderful pet. At Acrocats, we will not let our kittens go before 12 weeks of age.
7. Why am I required to spay or neuter my kitten?
All responsible breeders will require you to spay or neuter your pet kitten. As breeders, it is our responsibility to ensure cats that we bring into this world are not bred inappropriately or irresponsibly. Altering your kitten also has many long-term health benefits and can prevent a variety of behavioral problems.
8. What is a "retired" Burmese?
A “retired” Burmese is an adult Burmese that was previously shown and/or was used in a breeding program. They have been spayed or neutered and are often available for placement. Adult Burmese make wonderful pets in a home where good manners are a must. We often have retired adults available, so please ask if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Does the Burmese breed have a Rescue Program?
Yes. The National Alliance of Burmese Breeders sponsors a nationwide Rescue Program. Burmese Rescue regularly has Burmese aged 5-15 years of age available in various areas of the country. Burmese Rescue does not have kittens available. They specialize in the re-homing of unwanted, displaced or abandoned Burmese. For more information, please see: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/burmrserescue/, http://www.burmesecat.org/rescue/index.html or email the Burmese Rescue Coordinator at email@example.com.
10. I am interested in becoming a Burmese breeder. How do I do that?
The decision to breed Burmese (or any other breed) is one that should not be taken lightly. Being a breeder carries a tremendous responsibility to the breed, other breeders, pet owners and the community. To become a RESPONSIBLE breeder takes a significant commitment of time and money. Breeding cats can be a very rewarding experience with the right guidance and knowledge. Don’t expect, however, for a breeder to sell you cats for breeding no questions asked. We often require potential breeders to show their commitment to the breed by exhibiting a Burmese in Premiership (the CFA show class for altered cats) first. This allows a new exhibitor to become familiar with the inner workings of the cat fancy and what may eventually be required of them as a breeder. To learn more about becoming involved in the cat fancy, please visit: The CFA Mentor Program
11. There seem to be so many unwanted cats and kittens in our shelters. Should I feel guilty about wanting to buy a pedigree cat?
No. Contrary to what the media portrays, there is no “pet overpopulation” crisis occurring in this country. While there are indeed some unwanted pets available in shelters, those numbers have been drastically reduced in recent decades. In fact, euthanasia rates are down 70% since the mid-1980’s and less than 1% of cats in shelters are pedigreed. In addition, more than 85% of all owned cats are already spayed and neutered. Many shelters actually import puppies and kittens from other states and other countries in order to keep up with the demand. There are also many advantages to acquiring a pedigree cat for a pet. Pedigree cats have predictable temperaments that allow owners to select a breed right for them and their lifestyle. Home raised kittens also have a high potential for being healthy and well socialized. To read more about the myth of pet overpopulation and other information about legislative issues that affect pet owners: http://www.naiaonline.org.
12. Why do kittens cost so much? Aren’t you making a good profit already?
While the price of a kitten may seem high, we are not making a profit by selling kittens. Before kittens reach the age of 12 to 16 weeks, we have already spent a great deal of time and money ensuring the health of each kitten and cat that we own and produce. There are many costs that go into the breeding of Burmese that include items like vaccinations, litter, food, veterinary care and entering and traveling to shows, just for example. A single cat show on a weekend can cost more than $200. It also takes a great deal of time to raise happy and healthy kittens.
13. How can I see the Burmese of Acrocats?
Visits can be arranged on an appointment basis only. We can generally accommodate your schedule so you can see our wonderful kittens. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. Do you ship you kittens?
We generally do not ship our kittens, although we do make exceptions on a case by case basis. If you cannot locate a kitten in your local area, we can provide referrals.
Here are some of Acrocats' favorite links
Cat Fanciers' Association: http://www.cfa.org
National Animal Interest Alliance: http://www.naiaonline.org
Winn Feline Foundation: http://www.winnfelinehealth.org
Information on the truth behind the animal rights movement: