National Geographic : 1964 Apr
Chinchilla Persians achieve an aris tocratic look with pure-white coats so subtly tipped in black as to seem silver. Black rims accent blue-green eyes, lips, and nose, whose center is brick red. Tail should be "carried without a curve," says the standard. "But," counters the author, "the man doesn't live who can tell a cat how her tail should behave." Cream Persian grand champion stares at the world with eyes of brilliant copper. Blue Cream Persian and her Cream kit arrive for a show in a carrying case. Altogether the Burmese is a charming and delightful cat, and one in which we can take pride, for as she stands today she is entirely an American development (pages 534-5). The story, like so much cat history, has some holes in it, but the popular version goes that the original Burm-a female named Wong Mau -arrived in the United States around 1930 in the arms of a sailor, who gave her to a cat fancier, Dr. Joseph Thompson, and promptly dropped out of sight. Wong Mau was not a handsome specimen, 530 but she was clearly unusual, and for want of a mate of her own species was bred to a top flight Siamese. With the passage of years, there gradually evolved the lovely sable brown, golden-eyed cat finding such favor among today's cat fanciers. Burmese are intelligent cats, often acquir ing an understanding of a few action verbs ("sit," "come") and a scattering of interesting nouns ("meat," "fish," "chicken"). They like to be taken for walks and will follow at heel, with or without a leash.