European Burmese History:
The European Burmese, sometimes known as the foreign Burmese, was
developed in the 1960s by British breeders who imported Burmese cats
to England and then crossed them with red-point Siamese and British
Shorthairs in an attempt to expand the gene pool. By introducing the
gene for red, they expanded the number of coat colors in the breed.
The European Burmese was recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association
(CFA) in 1994. Now, it’s also recognized by the Canadian Cat Association
(CCA), Cat Fanciers Federation (CFF), Traditional Cat Association
(TCA) and United Feline Organization (UFO). The CCA and CFF register
it as the Foreign Burmese.