Birman FIFe Standard

•  General

-  Medium in size

• Head

-  Shape: strong bone.
-  Forehead: slightly rounded.
-  Cheeks: full, somewhat rounded.
-  Nose: of medium length without stop, but with a slight indentation.
-  Chin: firm.

•  Ears

-  Shape: rather small with rounded tips.
-  Placement: set slightly tipped, not too upright on the skull with good width between.

•  Eyes

-  Shape: not quite round, slightly oval.
-  Colour: deep blue.

•  Body

-  Structure: slightly long body. Males must be more massive than females.

•  Legs

-  Short and strong.
-  Paws: rounded.
-  Gloves: the special feature of the Sacred Birman is the white feet, called "gloves", on both the front and hind feet. These gloves must be absolutely pure white they should stop at the articulation or at the transition of toes to metacarpals, over which they should not extend. Slightly longer white gloves on the hind feet can be tolerated. On the back of the hind feet the white gloves end in points. The ideal "gauntlets" end in inverted "V's" and extend 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up the hock. Lower or higher gauntlets are acceptable but should not go beyond the hock. It is important that the gloves are equally long and show a symmetry of white, on either the two front or two hind feet, or even better, on all four feet.

•  Tail

-  Of medium length, forming a plume.

•  Coat

-  Structure: long to semi-long, according to the actual parts of the body: short on the face, gradually growing longer on the cheeks to a full frill, long on the back and the flanks. Silky texture. Little undercoat.
-  Colour: shows all characteristics known from the Siamese pointed cats, but all four feet are white (gloves). The points include the face, ears, legs, tail and genitals. The points shall be even and in good contrast to the body colour. The body colour and colour of the belly is a very pale eggshell; the back is golden beige in all varieties. Only in adult cats the colour of the points and the body colour are fully developed.

•  Remarks

-  The Sacred Birman shows a special morphology, which is unique for the breed.

•  Faults

-  Coat: pure white or coloured patches on the chest or the belly.

•  Faults precluding the certificate

-  Nose: incompletely pigmented nose leather.
-  Legs: creeping up of the white on the sides or the reverse sides of the gloves of front and/or hind feet (known as "runners"). Absence of "gauntlets" on the hind feet.
-  Coat: White patching in the coloured areas or the reverse. A white patch on the genitals.

Scale of Points FIFe

•  Total - 100 points.

•  Head - 20 points: general shape, cheeks, nose, jaws and teeth, forehead, chin placement and shape of the ears.

•  Eyes - 5 points: shape and colour.

•  Body - 20 points: shape, size, bone structure legs and shape of paws.

•  Tail - 10 points: length and shape.

•  Coat

-  Body colour and points - 10 points.
-  Quality and texture, length - 10 points.

•  Gloves

-  On the front feet - 5 points.
-  On the hind feet - 5 points.
-  Gauntlets - 5 points.
-  Uniformity and symmetry of gauntlets and gloves - 5 points.

•  Condition - 5 points.

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