Burmese History history
In the late eighteen hundreds there were considered two types of Siamese, one being a chocolate variation of the standard lighter pointed cats. This variation soon disappeared, as it was not as popular as its lighter counterpart. Many people now think that these chocolate Siamese were not an accidental variation of the breed standard, but in fact, descendents of an ancient Burmese breed. Wong Mau seems to have been a hybrid of a Siamese and a descendent of this ancient Burmese stock.
The Burmese owe their heritage to Dr. Joseph Thompson and Wong Mau, a walnut brown female from Burma. In the early 1930's Dr. Thompson and Wong Mau undertook a breeding program with selected Siamese. Soon the Burmese was established as it's own distinct breed. Later as kittens were born with lighter non-traditional coloring, a new breed was recognized and these non-conforming kittens were classified as Malayan.