Breed Standard

Category II SBI Sacred Birman Standard
General Size 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 colourpointed 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
  • 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
  • white patching in the coloured areas or the reverse
  • a white patch on the genitals
Scale of Points Points
Total 100
Head general shape, cheeks, nose, jaws and teeth, forehead, chin placement and shape of the ears 20
shape and colour of the eyes 5
Body shape, size, bone structure legs and shape of paws 20
Tail length and shape 10
Coat body colour and points 10
quality and texture, length 10
Gloves on the front feet 5
on the hind feet 5
gauntlets 5
uniformity and symmetry of gauntlets and gloves 5
Condition 5