The cinnamon Burmese

Besides all the colours that derived from America and England, the Burmese has been also represented in the cinnamon colour in the Netherlands for several decades. Originally it is the colour of the Abyssinian sorrel and for several years we have seen the colour in Oriental Shorthair and Siamese. In Australia and New Zealand this colour too is being bred for sometime.

The adult cinnamon Burmese is light cinnamon coloured. The nose leather is soft apricot-coloured and the feet are pink. The very young kittens remind a bit of red or cream Burmese kittens, but without the tabby markings on the head.

It was in 1978 that for the first time one began to breed the cinnamon Burmese. A brown Burmese cat was mated by a sorrel Abyssinian cat. From the resulting gray Abyssinian kittens, one was kept and later she became a litter from a brown Burmese male. From the combination of a black female from the litter and a brown Burmese male a litter of 6 kittens was born, including a cinnamon Burmese male. Sadly, the whole litter died and the line was broken off.

The second attempt started in 1985 with the combination of a wild colour tortie-Abyssinian female (with sorrel-factor) and a red Burmese male. A wild colour tortie female from this litter was kept. She got a few litters of a chocolate Burmese male and with the kittens was bred further. This line proved to be very healthy, but the expected cinnamon Burmese were never born.

In 1989 a third attempt was launched, which would lead to success. A brown Burmese female was mated by a cinnamon oriental type male and a fawn oriental type female was mated by a brown Burmese male. From both litters a black female was kept. Both females had litters from a chocolate male Burmese. By combining chocolate and lilac descendants of these black females, in 1993 in two litters cinnamon Burmese were born. Although they have some minor mistakes and the eye colour is somewhat on the greenish side, these first cinnamon Burmese already were so beautiful that all three have achieved tittles: Ch. Burdie van d'Ekster, Int. CH. Bunnie van d'Ekster en Ch. Kallistra Glenfiddich.

By combining these cats with unrelated Burmese in the "traditional" colours, this new colour can spread in the Burmese race, so the base can be broader and in a few years we can show cinnamons of the same quality as the other colours now.