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Asian Cat Breeds


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As previously mentioned, there are five groups that make up the Asian which are as follows:

  • Burmilla – cats can have silver (white) or standard (pale cream) base coats with colours on the top half quarter of each hair shaft
  • Self – cats have a plain colour on their hair shafts – it is worth noting that the Bombay is categorised in this group
  • Smoke – cats should ideally have colour half way down a hair shaft and should have a silver undercoat
  • Tabby – cats can have 4 patterns to their coats with the dominant one being ticked, then mackerel, spotted and classic. All 4 patterns can be silver or standard
  • Tiffanie – cats have semi-longhaired coats and can be any colour and pattern

The other Asian types are called “Variants” which are cats that look exactly like the Burmese and which can be used in breeding programmes as long as they are used to improve the breed. However, Variants cannot be exhibited. The variants that make up the Asian Group are as follows:

Asians whether they have semi long-hair or short coats are medium size cats referred to as foreign types. They are elegant, well-proportioned cats that always have an alert, intelligent look about them and they boast having a gentle, friendly nature. They have quite short, wedge-shaped head with wide cheekbones. Muzzles are rather blunt, but cats have a nice width at their jaw line. The top of an Asian’s head is slightly rounded between their ears which are set well apart on the head. Viewed in profile, cats have a distinct nose break and frim chins with level bites.

Their necks are moderately thick and nicely in proportion with the rest of the body. The size of their ears are medium to large and set well apart and being broader at the base and nicely rounded at the tips. The outline of a cat’s ears continues the line of the upper part of a cat’s face so that it produces a sort of butter-fly wing effect when seen from the front. Tiffanies have tufts and streamers on their ears. Their eyes are large and set well apart on a cat’s face with the top lid having a gentle curve that slants towards the nose. Their lower lid is that much fuller and rounded which gives the Asian their “foreign” look.

Asians have slender, moderately long bodies that are lithe and well-muscled being heavier than they actually appear to be. They have straight backs from their shoulders to their rumps and chests are generous, gently rounded but never overly broad. Their legs are slender, elegant and moderately long being nicely in proportion to the rest of a cat’s body. Their back legs are longer than their front ones and paws are oval-shaped and neat. Tails are medium to long being quite thick at the base before tapering to a rounded tip which adds to the well balanced look of an Asian and they carry their tails proudly.

When it comes to their coat, the Asian boasts having a short, fine and close-lying coat that’s smooth and silky to the touch which always has a nice sheen on it. Semi-Longhaired Asians (Tiffanies) have medium length, silky, fine coats all over the bodies with the exception of over their shoulders and they do not have a woolly undercoat.

An Asian’s eye colour can be yellow right through to green depending on the type. However, in Silver Asians, the preferred colour is green whereas in Selfs, a rich yellow to deep gold is preferred under the breed standard. Asians come in a variety of colours which includes the following, but there are many more colour and pattern variations that are acceptable under the GCCF breed standard:

  • Black (Full Expression Colour)
  • Brown (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Blue (Full Expression Colour)
  • Blue (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Chocolate (Full Expression Colour)
  • Chocolate (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Lilac (Full Expression Colour)
  • Lilac (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Red (Full Expression Colour)
  • Silvers/Smokes
  • Red (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Cream (Full Expression Colour)
  • Cream (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Caramel (Full Expression Colour)
  • Caramel (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Apricot (Full Expression Colour)
  • Apricot (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Cinnamon (Full Expression Colour)
  • Cinnamon (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Fawn (Full Expression Colour)
  • Fawn (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Black Tortie (Full Expression Colour)
  • Brown Tortie (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Blue Tortie (Full Expression Colour)
  • Blue Tortie (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Chocolate Tortie (Full Expression Colour)
  • Chocolate Tortie (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Lilac Tortie (Full Expression Colour)
  • Lilac Tortie (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Caramel Tortie (Full Expression Colour)
  • Caramel Tortie (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Cinnamon Tortie (Full Expression Colour)
  • Cinnamon Tortie (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Fawn Tortie (Full Expression Colour)
  • Fawn Tortie (Burmese Colour Restriction)
  • Bombay and Asian Selfs
  • Asian Smoke
  • Asian Shaded – Burmilla
  • Asian Tabbies
  • Black (Full Expression Colour)
  • Brown (Burmese Colour Restriction) 
  • Blue (Full Expression Colour)
  • Tiffanie


Faults in the breed include the following:

  • Pinched muzzles in mature Asians
  • Dished or flat brows
  • Distinct bump on nose in mature Asians
  • A cat’s nose leather falls markedly away
  • Extreme coat colours

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