Birman cats are a breed of domestic long-haired cats that possess a distinct pattern of pale fur with color points on the face and ears. Their fur is all single length with no downy undercoat as in other breeds. All four feet have white spots that resemble gloves.
Birmans are medium-sized cats with long and sturdy bodies. Unlike flat-faced Persians, Birmans have a Roman nose and a well-developed chin. The Birman breed first appeared in France during the 1920s. They were officially recognized as a breed in the Anglosphere during the 1960s with England recognizing the breed in 1966 and the American Cat Fancier's Association following in 1967.