Dr. Douglas Schar
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Heathy cats with great personalities. I fell in love with Burmese cats and their dog like personalities long ago. When the breed faced extinction due to inbreeding, I decided to do something about it. I imported Burmese cats from Thailand to correct the inbreeding problem. I continue to import cats from Thailand to keep my line healthy. We are entirely focused on making the healthiest Burmese cats with the best personalities. Thats our thing. Health and Personality.
This is Bruce Lee. He not only likes the vacuum cleaner he likes to be vacuumed. I think he thinks is some kind of massage. When he hears the vacuum turn on, he runs for a free massage.
When Cats started coming in from Thailand, they were called the Monkey cats of Thailand. Because, they acted more like Monkeys that cats. I would say they are somewhere between people, monkeys, dogs, in a cat body. The first thing people say when they meet them is this. I've never seen a cat act like that. And you won't!
Burmese cats not only want attention, they demand attention. This is my cat Carmela who wanted to be be picked up and petted. This is her pushy cat dance that does not stop and she gets wants she wants. They are driven by their desire to be loved.
The thing about Burmese cats is they love each other as much as they love their people. Mothers love their kittens, mothers and fathers love on each other, fathers love their kittens. If you are having a bad day, they will come up, sit on your lap, and lick you. They just radiate love to people and their cat families alike.
When I started Indian Spring Cattery, it was my intention to breed Burmese cats. In my opinion, Burmese cats make the best pets in the entire world. But, I soon discovered the American Burmese breed was in trouble. The breed was created with two cats, Wong Mau and Tai Mau, imported from Asia in the 1930's. Virtually no cats had been imported from Thailand since and not surprising, the breed had become inbred. A rather sobering study by Dr.Leslie Lyons, renown cat researcher, revealed that American Burmese are the most inbred cat breed in the world. The prospects for the breed did not look good.
I decided to do something about it. My thought was this. The American Burmese breed was CREATED with a Siamese and a Tonkinese cat, imported from Thailand, 100 years ago. The only sensible thing to do was to import more cats from Thailand and add some genetic diversity to the American Burmese breed. And that is what I did.
I have imported a spectrum of cats from Thailand and use them in my Burmese breeding program. And, as a result of importing all these cats, not only do I have healthy Burmese kittens, I also have Tonkinese(Dong Tang) in the litters. Now 90% of my breeding stock came from Thailand, and, as a result, I get more colors than the usual Burmese breeder. Over time, I suspect my cats will develop a more uniform look and color range. But, for now, the imported Thai cats, and their incredible genetic diversity, results in truly rainbow litters. So though I am a Burmese breeder, I now I have BURMESE and TONKINESE kittens!
Though I think my cats are beautiful, they do not look like the American Burmese you see at cat shows. They have long noses and super short hair and all kinds of eye colors. But, I do not aim to produce cats that will win at shows. I aim to produce the healthy pets that will bring joy and happiness to their owners for years and years. I breed for health and personality and…….. for health and personality. And honestly, trying to bring those two attributes out in my cats, keeps me plenty busy.
I feel that what sets these cats apart from the other breeds is their fantastic dog-like personality. All of the American Burmese cats in my breeding program, and those imported from Thailand, have that irresistible personality we associate with the Burmese breed. They are pushy, demanding, constant companions. If you are looking for a healthy cat, brimming with personality, you have come to the right cattery. The same is true with the Tonkinese that pop up in my litters.
If you are looking for a healthy Burmese cat(or Tonkinese), I have those. My goal is to maintain the characteristic dog like personality of these breeds and correct the health problems that have become associated with these breeds. Its taken some work, but, I now have kittens that have the American Burmese personality with the health and longevity one should expect.
If you keep scrolling down, you will see the Burmese and Tonkinese cats that appear in my litters. But, you will also find a new cat I discovered through importing cats from Thailand. Maybe discovered is too strong a word. My contact in Thailand sent me some cats we thought were Burmese cats. As it turns out they represented an entirely new and different coat color mutation. Maybe accidental discovery would be the best description. Since the first three were found in Bangkok, We call the Bangkoks. Scroll down and you can what a Bangkok looks like. Genetically they are not Burmese or Tonkinese. They carry their own coat color gene that is entirely something new.
Burmese cats are the darkest of the Thai cats. Genetically they are black cats that inherit an albinistic mutation that reduces Black pigment to the colors you see above. Scientifically, a Burmese cat inherits to Burmese genes(cb). So these cats all inherited two cb genes from their parents.
Tonkinese cats inherit one Burmese gene(cb) and one Siamese gene(cs) . They are somewhere between Burmese and Siamese. As an interesting note, the most common cats I saw in Thailand were Tonkinese cats. It's much more common to see Tonkinese cats, cats that are somewhere between Burmese and Siamese, than anything else. Indeed, the Burmese breed in America was started with a Tonkinese cat. Wong Mau, the mother of the breed, was a Tonkinese cat.
As a result of importing cats from Thailand, to fix the genetic defects in the Burmese breed, I made an accidental discovery. There is another coat color mutation in Thailand previously unnoticed. It was entirely accidental. I had three cats sent from Thailand. We thought they were Burmese, but, genetic testing revealed they were not. They were something else. Over time, the new color mutation was identified and is referred to as cm. Some people call them Mocha, but, as the first three were found in Bangkok, I prefer to use a more cultural accurate term, Bangkok. They could pass as odd colored Burmese or Siamese cats, but, on closer inspection, they are slightly different. I think the biggest difference is eye color. This type of cat has the most remarkable eye color. You can visit my website that deals with these cats specifically. www.bangkokmochacat.com
In addition to breeding cats, I am a natural medicine specialist. I have spent four decades studying plant derived medicines. I travel around the world looking for new medicines that can be useful to the modern person. My specialty is disease prevention. I am not much into disease, more into using plant medicines to stay well. If you would like to know more by work with stay well plants, click on the button on your right. (www.doctorschar.com)
Im pretty fascinated by all Thai cats and have an entire website dedicated to Thai cats. Burmese cats are one of many cats found in Thailand, all with the curious dog like personality. If you would like to learn more about Thai cats in general, click on the button on the right. It will take you to my other website, The Thai Cat Center. ( www.thethaicatcenter.com )
This is a cat I met at a market in Thailand. He is a big old Tom Cat, but, as you will see, he is really a big old attention pig. He sits on a cushion in the market and just waits for passerby's to give him a pet or a scratch. Officially he would be considered a feral cat. The dog like personality is in the Thai cat genes, as you will see from this "feral" cat.
This is Ivan Ivanovich. He is a big Platinum Tonkinese boy. He is so sweet, he just wants to be carried around like a baby all the time. Smart, he is not. Throw him a toy and you will see he is not a rocket scientist. He is the sweetest cat. Each of these cats has their own personality unique to them. They are all great companions, but, they are all made differently.
One of the whackier things about these cats is they are human voice activated. You average kitten from your average cat would hide in the corner if they heard a human voice or especially a strangers voice. Not these cats. From about three weeks, as soon as they can walk, when they hear human voice, they come running. They are voice activated early in their life!
If you are interested in adopting a cat from Thailand, as a pet or for your breeding program, we are happy to help. There are many street cats in Thailand that would love to have a home in America or in Europe. If you are a breeder looking to add some genetic diversity to you line of Burmese, Tonkinese, or Siamese cats, we are happy to connect you with a great Thai cat. Let us know if you are interested and we will do what we can to help you get a cat from Thailand.