Active: Asian cats are an active breed, filled with energy and a playful spirit. They enjoy entertaining humans and will happily carry on a conversation to make sure you are paying attention. They do insist on interaction but are happy to get attention and affection as a lap cat as well.
Size: Asian cats are medium in size, typically weighing between 9 - 16 pounds.
Characteristics: Asian cats are medium in size, muscular, lean and quite compact. Their heads are a wide, blunt wedge-shape with medium-large ears that are well spaced. What is sure to draw any fancier in is their eyes which are large and round, and can be shades of green, yellow and amber. Their coat is very similar to Burmese cats but comes in a much wider variety of colors including black, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, caramel, the tortie versions of all these colors, and red, cream and apricot, in both full expression and Burmese Color Restriction. Silver and non-silver versions are recognized in all colors and patterns. Their coat colors are classified by 4 different types: Asian Self, Asian Tabby, Asian Smoke, Burmilla.
Temperament: Asian cats are incredibly social, outgoing, loving and sweet. They are energetic yet gentle which makes them a great family pet because they get along with all ages and even with other family pets. They are known for following their favorite humans around and either entertaining them with their silly antics or enticing them into playing games. While they are quite sweet they will demand attention and interaction because they are energetic. They are also a chatty cat breed and they will talk to you and chat your ear right off if you are not paying enough attention to them.
Care: Asian cats are a low maintenance cat breed and their short coat does not shed much. Weekly combing or brushing will help reduce shedding and keep their coat looking shiny and nice.
Coat: The coat of Asian cats is short in length, fine, glossy and feels satin-like.
Origin: While the name of this cat breed may make it sound like it originated in Asia, it actually originated in Britain in 1981. The beginning of the Asian cat breed is actually the result of a happy accident. When a Lilac Burmese mated with a Chinchilla Persian they had a litter of four kittens. The kittens looked very similar to Burmese cats but had a new range of colors and patterns and because of their beauty it was decided that a new breed should be created. The breed is still quite new but by 2003 was accepted for Championship Status by the GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy).