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Asian chocolate
Rocadanne Asia
Owner & breeder: Anne Edney, Rocadanne cattery, North Warwickshire, UK
 
The Asian is a group of breeds with the same standard, but with different colours and patterns:
  • Asian Self
    Here you will find the Bombay as a separate breed.
    Please note: The Bombay of the Asian-group has a different standard than the Bombay, which was developed in America as a unique and separate breed.
  • Burmilla
    In some organizations the Burmilla is a separate breed and not grouped in the Asian-group.
  • Asian Smoke
  • Asian Tabby
  • Tiffanie
    In some organizations the semi-longhaired Tiffanie is a separate breed and not grouped in the Asian-group.

Asian Self

The hairs are uniformly coloured from the tips to the roots. A slightly paler colour at the roots is tolerated.
All colours, also cinnamon and fawn and tortie are recognized.

Asian blue
Champion Bonnybella Mister Darcy
Owner: Sarah Sellman, Kimani cattery, Hampshire, UK
 

Asian Smoke

The roots are silver-white. From outside the cat appears to be solid coloured, but when parting the hairs the silver-white underground becomes visible.
The same colours as in the Asian Self, but with silver.

Asian brown tortie smoke
Tresbeau Simply Trudie
Owner: Liz Ward, Huggibear cattery, UK
 

Asian Tabby

There are 4 tabby patterns, the most dominant pattern is Ticked. Then comes the Mackerel, Spotted and Blotched.
The same colours as in the Asian Self, but with tabby pattern.

Asian ticked tabby
Champion Kimani Blaze of Glory
Owner & breeder: Sarah Sellman, Kimani cattery, Hampshire, UK
 

Notes

From time to time there are made attempts to get the silver (tabby) Burmese recognized.
The following questions have to be raised:

  • Only from the logical point of view: Is it necessary and logical to have silver Burmese, when the Asian Silver already does exist?
  • The Asian is a Burmese typed cat and recognized in almost all colours: Is there any logical reason or any reason based on genetics (seen from the point of breeding and the gene pool) to have more colours in the Burmese?
  • Is it not harming the Asian Silver in its uniqueness, when the silver Burmese would be recognized?
  • Should one not also have a look on the breeders of the Asian, how much time, effort and energy they have already invested (with quite great success!) and honour their tremendous work?
 

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Standard CCCA
Standard GCCF
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Standard LOOF
Standard SACC
Standard WCF
 
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Breed profile

The Asian is medium sized cat, which is extremely well and hard muscled and gives a foreign impression.
The Asian is of Burmese type, but the coat has another colour.

The head has the shape of a rounded wedge, when viewed in profile it is relatively short, when viewed from the front the cat has noticeable high and prominent cheekbones. The muzzle is well defined with broad jaws. The nose is not too long and shows a definite indentation between the eyes.
In general the head is not short like in the Burmese, and the profile does not have such a strong indentation.
The ears are medium in size, set in the outer corners of the head on a well rounded skull.
The eyes give the cat that distinctive foreign look.

The body is medium, very compact and rather heavy. The muscles are strong and hard. The chest is broad which gives them the appearance of being bowlegged. The legs are medium long and elegant with small oval paws.
The tail almost does not taper and ends in a rounded tip.

The coat is short, lying on the body, sleek and shining like satin. The hairs are thin and fine with almost no undercoat.

 

History

The breed of the Asian originates from an accidental crossbreeding in 1981 between the chinchilla Persian male, Jemari Sanquist, and the lilac European Burmese, Bambino Lilac Faberge. In the litter 4 black silver shaded kittens were born, which displayed a relatively good Burmese type. 
The breeder, Miranda von Kirchberg (Astahazy cattery) recognized immediately that these kittens could be the foundation for a new breed group. The new breed was called Burmilla. From this first litter the female Astahazy Galatea became the foundation queen of this new breed, because Miranda von Kirchberg started a well planned experimental breeding program.
Very soon it became evident in this breeding program that different varieties of colours and patterns existed. With the help of experienced Burmese breeders the Asian group was developed, because it was decided to develop all five colour varieties.

In 1989 the Asian Group Cat Society (formerly The Bumilla-Asian Association) became affiliated to the GCCF.

The Asian Self received championship status in October 1999.

 

Temperament

Playful, energetic, acrobatic and highly intelligent, the Asian is the extrovert in the cat world. Asian never grow up! They play all of their life. They love people and do know very well the needs of their owners. They will sit on your lap and watch TV with you, plaster themselves next to your head on the pillow when you are trying to sleep or will insist on climbing under the covers. Once you have known an Asian you have a lifelong passion for the breed.

 

Grooming

The coat of the Asian is sleek and glossy and requires little care. Brushing them once a week will keep their coat shiny.

 
 

 
 
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