The foundation for both American and European Burmese was a dark walnut coloured female from Burma named "Wong Mau."
Burmese are well know for their adaptability. They are as comfortable in apartment life as they are in country living. These cats are extremely calm. The breed as a whole is rather quiet in voice. They are easy to care for, needing only an occasional grooming with a fine-tooth comb, and even better, a rubdown from their owner’s hand, which they love. They make excellent pets, and are loyal and affectionate.