FIFe ( Fédération  Internationale Féline)

BIRMAN CAT STANDARD

 
General
Size
Medium in size
Head
Shape
Strong boning
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
Paws
Short and strong. Rounded
Gloves
The special feature of the Birman is it's white feet, called "gloves" on both front and hind feet. These gloves must be absolutely pure white. They should stop at the articulation or at the transition of toes to metacarpels, over which they should not extend. Slightly longer white gloving on 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 ½ to ¾ of the way up the hock. Lower or higher gauntlets are acceptable but should not go up beyond the hock. It's 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 lenght, 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 back and flanks. Silky texture. Little undercoat.

Colour
  Shows all characteristics known from the colourpointed cats, but 4 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 tummy is a very pale eggshell; the back is golden beige in all varieties. Only in adult cats the colour of points and body are fully developed.
Remarks
The Birman shows a special morphology which is unique for the breed. 

 

 

 

Faults
Nose
Incomplete pigmentation of noseleather
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 hind feet
Coat

 Pure white or coloured patches on the chest or the stomach 

White patching in the coloured area's or the reverse.
A white patch on the genitals

 

 

Scale of Points    

Total
100
Head
General shape, cheeks, nose, jaws and teeth, forehead, chin.
Placement and shape of the ears
Shape and colour of the eyes       
20
Body
Shape, size, bone structure, legs and shape of paws.    
20
Tail
Length and shape
10
Coat
Body colour and points
Quality and texture, length    
15
Gloves
Quality and texture, length    
10
On the front feet
5
On the hind feet
5
Gauntlets
5
Uniformity and symmetry of gauntlets and gloves
5
Condition
5