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Coventry & Leicester Cat Club
25th February 2012

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Mrs A-M Heath

My warmest thanks to Lesley, Lynda, Sue and Sarah for the kind invitation to judge at this fabulous fiftieth anniversary show.  Everything appeared to run silky smooth throughout the day and I had the pleasure of the company of a very capable steward Neil Porter.  Neil was very attentive to the cats and myself as well as keeping the paperwork in excellent order.  His gentle handling of the Burmese and his calm manner during a very busy day was admirable and I trust we may be able to work together again in the future: thank you Neil for all your hard work.  The catering was second to none and waitress service attentive and impressive.  Last but by no means least I had some truly fabulous Burmese entries and I thank all the exhibitors for the opportunity to handle such superb examples of this unique and beautiful breed.   

Chocolate Burmese Kitten Male:
1: Weale’s Herbatious Sweet William
(27b) M 15/7/11  Strong well-grown young lad with elegance to his already well-muscled body of just seven months and shown in excellent condition.  Gently rounded top of head between well spaced medium size ears of correct shape, being broad based and rounded at the tip, and which display an alert forward tilt when viewed in profile.  Short wide wedge with blunt finish and, in profile, defined break and virtually straight nose. His chin is almost level and could be a fraction deeper for perfection.  His lustrous, expressive eyes are yellowy chartreuse with a slightly greener tone towards the centre.  For perfection they could be a trifle larger.  They are set well apart and of the correct shape having the topline slanted towards his nose and a rounded lower line.  He has good depth to his skull, a rounded brow, and his bite is level.  His body is strong and rangy at present as would be expected for his age.  His back is straight and his chest nicely rounded.  His limbs are elegant and his paws large and oval in shape.  His straight tail, which amply balances his body, is correctly shaped being of medium thickness at the base and finishing with a rounded tip.   His clear, warm milky chocolate coat lies very close to his body and is short and silky in texture with a lovely satiny sheen.  He has an endearing sweet personality and purred all the time and it was a pleasure to meet such a lovely boy who bears the name of one of my favourite flowers.

Chocolate Burmese Kitten Female:
1 & BOB Fryer’s Elmyra Elouisa
(27b) F 31/8/11 Very promising little girl of just five months: beautifully balanced with that certain elusive show presence and in tip top condition.  Gently rounded top of head with plenty of kittenish frownlines.  Beautifully shaped medium size ears set well apart and having the desired forward tilt when viewed in profile.  They are broad based and have rounded tips. Short blunt wedge with good width at jaw hinge and a profusion of chewed whiskers.  In profile she has a rounded brow, skull of good depth and a well defined break to her straight nose.  Her chin is firm and could be just a fraction deeper but is dead level with the plane of her nose-tip.  Her bite is level.  Her body is firm and elegant and her shapely limbs finish with the most beautiful neat oval paws.  Her back is straight and her chest already well rounded.  Her tail balances her body and is a fraction thick at the base at present.  Her warm milk chocolate coat is the same tone all over with no shading at all.  The texture is fine, silky and softly kittenish in texture: it is medium in length.  She is a happy, friendly little lady who was interested in all the goings on of the day.

Lilac Burmese Kitten:
 1 & BOB: Prof. Bradley’s Shivarene Arctic Monkey (27c) M 7/8/11 Impressive very well grown and proportionate young lad who is already far weightier than appearance would suggest.  Rounded top of head with plenty of endearing frownlines: correctly shaped medium size ears, broad at the base and rounded at the tips, set wide apart and displaying an alert forward tilt in profile view.  Short wide wedge with blunt muzzle which, at present, has the hint of a teething pinch.  Profile shows very good depth to his skull, well rounded brow, defined break and good depth to his firm, virtually level chin.  His bite is level.  Large lustrous widely spaced yellow toned eyes: beautifully shaped with slanting topline and well rounded lower line.  His body is well developed and masculine in appearance.  He has very good muscle tone, a straight back and well rounded wide chest. His limbs are strong and elegant and his paws oval in shape.  His tail just balances his frame and is correctly shaped: medium thickness at the base and finishing with a rounded tip.  His coat is short and very close fitting: the texture is fine and silky and has a satiny sheen.  His colour is clear, even, pale dove grey with a distinct pinkish tone.  He is a true show-man who loved all the attention and it was a real pleasure to meet this promising young fellow.
  2: Weale’s Herbatious Basil (27c) M 15/7/11 Another promising young lad in beautiful condition: litter brother to the chocolate fellow above and very similar in many ways.  Gently rounded top of head with well spaced largish size ears of  good shape, broad at the base and rounded at the tips and with a slight forward tilt.  His wedge is short, wide and blunt and, in profile his brow is slightly rounded and there is good depth to his skull.  He has a defined break and his nose is straight. His chin is level and of adequate depth.  His bite is level.  He has beautiful expressive yellow toned eyes which are large, set well apart and correctly shaped, having slanted topline and rounded lower line.  His very firm body is strong and masculine with elegant strong limbs and large oval paws.  His back is straight and his chest broad and rounded.  His tail is a fraction thin at present but well shaped and balances his body.  His coat is clear and pale even toned dove grey with a pinkish caste.  It is fine and satiny in texture, short and close fitting with a distinct sheen.  He is a charming friendly chap who was unlucky to meet the lad above: he has a lovely name – I can picture him playing in the herb garden.
  3:  Farrell & Barrett’s  Sesuane Ghostrider O’Tom (27c) M 19/7/11 Well grown weighty fellow shown in excellent condition.  Gently rounded top of head between widely placed, largish ears of correct shape, being broad at the base and having rounded tips and displaying a slight forward tilt when viewed in profile.  His wedge is a fraction long: wide at the jaw hinge and the muzzle itself is blunt in appearance.  In profile he has good depth to his skull and his brow is a little flat.  His break is defined and his nose, which is straight, could be a fraction shorter.  His chin is firm and of good depth and set back very slightly.  His bite is level. His eyes are large and lustrous and yellowy chartreuse in tone.  They are set well apart and of correct shape, having a slanted topline and rounded lower line.  On the day he tended to round them and took some time to relax: perhaps this was his first outing and he was a little overwhelmed by all the activity around him?  His body is firm and elegant with straight back and well rounded chest.  His limbs are strong finishing with large oval paws.  His tail is correctly shaped, having medium thickness to the base and a rounded tip: at present it is just a fraction short to balance his fast growing body.  His coat is clear and silky in texture: a fraction long on his spine but lying very close and with a distinct sheen.  The colour is an even dove grey which, on the day, had a slight bluish tone.  He is a happy fellow, wriggly and typically inquisitive and was more than happy to be handled and cuddled.
 Also considered: James’ Kapsala Million Lovesongs (27c) M 3/8/11 Dear little fellow: well grown and of good weight and somewhat shy: perhaps his first outing?  Slightly rounded top of head between well shaped medium size ears which could be set a little wider for perfection.  They have broad base and are rounded at the tips and display a slightly forward tilt in profile view.  His wedge is of good width at the jaw hinge and somewhat narrow at the muzzle which I believe would be due to teething.  In profile his brow is slightly flat and he has a fair nose break.  His nose is straight and has a slight roll off at the leather.  His chin is firm and of reasonable depth and is set back slightly.  His bite is level.  His eyes are large and yellowy chartreuse in tone with a greenish tone towards the centre.  They could be a fraction wider apart for perfection.  Unfortunately on the day his haws were on display and spoiled his expression, making him appear very sleepy.  His topline is nicely slanted but it was difficult to accurately define the lower line on the day.  His body is firm and elegant and he has strong limbs with neat oval paws, straight back and rounding to his chest.  His tail is of good length to balance and at present somewhat thin.  His clear coat is an even pale dove grey with a pinkish tone.  It is a fraction long along his spine: satiny in texture and very close lying with a distinct sheen.  He is a friendly little lad and I returned to him several times to see if his eyes had relaxed before assessing him.  Hopefully his haws will stay out of sight for his next outing.

Brown Tortoiseshell Burmese Kitten:
 1 & BOB Riddle’s Catamarian Go With The Flo (27e) F 9/9/11  Very promising little lady of just over five months.  Shown in superb condition and really super friendly to handle.  Lovely muscle tone on her proportionate balanced body and far heavier than her appearance would indicate.   Gently rounded top of head with very widely placed medium size ears of correct shape, being broad at the base and with rounded tips and a distinct forward tilt when viewed in profile.  Her wedge is short and wide finishing with a blunt muzzle.  In profile her skull has good depth and her brow is rounded.  She has an excellent break and her nose is virtually straight and has the slightest roll off at the leather:  Her firm deep chin is practically level with the tip of her nose.   Her bite is level.  She has stunningly beautiful eyes which are large and very well shaped and widely set.  The top line is slanted towards her nose and the lower line is well rounded.  The colour is deep golden yellow and she has the most wonderful glowering Burmese expression, which belies her sweet nature.   Her body and limbs are firm and elegant and her paws are neat and oval in shape.  She has a straight back when she stands still for one second and her chest is already well rounded. Her tail, which is correctly shaped with medium thickness at the base tapering to a rounded tip, is sufficiently long to balance her body. Her coat is clear of any undesirable markings and is a pretty mingling of rich seal brown and shades of red.  It is fine and silky in texture: short and close to her body and has a healthy sheen.  A really lovely kitten: perhaps her manicurist could clip her claws a little shorter as she is so friendly she kneads the dough constantly and leaves little red dots on one’s hands!
 
AOC Tortoiseshell Burmese Kitten:
1 & BOB Lady Yardley’s Papagena Carys (27j) F 30/9/11 A simply adorable, show stopping, gorgeous baby girl of excellent weight at almost five months: stunning Burmese head and well filled compact body on elegant little legs which finish with beautiful feminine oval paws.  Gently rounded top of head with widely spaced medium size ears which are correctly shaped: broad based and with rounded tips and in profile displaying the correct forward tilt which is desirable for her breed. Short blunt wedge with very good width at the jaw hinge and a hint of a teething pinch.  In profile she has very good depth to her skull and a well rounded brow: her break is well defined and her virtually straight nose and deep firm chin are on a vertical plane.  Her bite is level. Her correctly shaped eyes are a mid yellow which is still in the process of clearing from the muddy kitten tone.  They are widely spaced and have a slanted topline and very pleasing rounded lower line and together these give her a wonderfully disarming Burmese expression.   Her body is firm and elegant especially when taking into account her tender age. Her tail is well shaped and just balances her body.  Her coat has a soft satiny texture and although still retaining the kittenish soft feel it is already close lying and smooth to touch.  There are a couple of tiny smudges on her hind legs: otherwise the coat is free of undesirable markings.  The colours are delicate pinkish dove grey and cream and the overall effect is utterly beguiling as is her happy, friendly temperament.  It was an honour to be asked to select the best Burmese kitten and my warm congratulations go to her owner/breeder.
 
A/C Non-Breeders Adult Female:
1: Chapman-Beer’s Ch Catamarian Evita (27a) F 13/8/10 Beautiful compact girl: lovely type and with a wonderful Burmese expression and very good feel.  Proportionate and balanced and in super condition.  Correctly shaped ears set well apart across her gently rounded top of head.  They are medium/large in size. Broad based and with rounded tips they have a slight forward tilt when viewed in profile, and the outer line continues the shape of her upper face when viewed from the front.    Her broad relatively short wedge, with very good width at the jaw hinge, tapers to a good blunt muzzle and her bite is level.  In profile she has good depth to her skull and her brow is nicely rounded.  Her break is well defined and her nose completely straight and the tip is on a level plane with her firm deep chin.  Her eyes are beautifully shaped with slanted topline and well rounded lower line and are a pleasing tone of golden yellow.  They are set well apart and she has an alert, intelligent expression so typical of her breed.   Her body is well muscled and her back is straight, chest well rounded and her elegant limbs, the back ones being a fraction longer than the front, finish with beautiful oval shaped paws.  Her tail is a fraction short to balance and is correctly shaped having medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip.  Her short mid blue-grey coat is clear and the texture is satiny.  It lies very close and has distinct silvering especially on her muzzle, cheeks, ears and paws.  Her temperament is delightful  and she was more than happy to be handled and assessed.
2: Robinson’s Gr.Ch.Rossikhan VelvetMiss (27a) F 5/4/07  Another superb example of a Burmese female: excellent weight to her balanced, medium size body with overall good type and typical Burmese expression.  Gently rounded top of head with well spaced medium size ears of correct shape: broad at the base and rounded on the tips and displaying a slight forward tilt in profile view, and correctly following her facial line when viewed face on.  Short wide wedge with good blunt muzzle.  Good depth to her skull and rounding to her brow when viewed in profile.  Well defined break, straight nose and level chin which could be a fraction deeper.  Level bite.  Large, well shaped pale yellowish chartreuse eyes set well apart.  Upper lids slant towards her nose and lower lids are rounded giving her a lovely Burmese expression.  Her body is weighty and muscular and she has a straight back and rounded chest.  Her limbs are correct for length and elegance and her paws are neat and oval in shape.  Her hind legs are slightly longer than her fore legs.  Her tail was a fraction thin on the day: it is correctly shaped with medium thickness at the base and finishing with a rounded tip and just balances her body.  Her mid blue coat is very short and silky in texture and lies very close with a satiny sheen.  Her silvering is most attractive, especially evident on her muzzle, cheeks, top of head and paws.  A lovely friendly girl.  These two super girls could easily swop places on another day.   
3: Prof. Bradley’s Molynmeux Fantasia (27c) F 15/2/10 Medium size balanced young lady of good weight and shown in tip top condition.  Gentle rounding to her top of head with medium to large beautifully shaped ears set well apart: broad at the base and with very nicely rounded tips and a slight forward tilt, their outer edge follows the shape of her upper face.   Good width to her wedge which is short and finishes with a blunt muzzle.  In profile her skull shows good depth and her brow is gently curved.  Her break is well defined and her nose straight and level with her chin which could be a fraction deeper for perfection.  Her bite is level.  Her eyes are large and lustrous and correctly shaped having slanted upper lids and well rounded lower lids.  They are chartreuse in tone and she has a pleasing gentle expression. Her body and limbs are proportionate and she has a straight back and rounded chest: her elegant legs finishing with very feminine oval paws. Her tail is nicely shaped being of medium thickness at the base and having a rounded tip: it just balances her medium length body.  Her coat is an even shade of mid dove grey with slight evidence of a pinkish cast and is free of any undesirable markings.   It is of medium length and lies very close to her body and is satiny in texture.  She was a little shy at first but enjoyed being spoken to quietly and soon found her courage to purr and enjoyed the cuddles. 
Also considered: Farrell & Barrett’s Rumba Orchid (27c) F 26/3/10  Attractive balanced medium size girl who was weightier than appearance would indicate.  Shown in superb condition and her beautiful yellow toned eyes display a wonderful Burmese expression.  Gently rounded top of head between well placed medium size correctly shaped ears which have broad base and nicely rounded tips, a slight forward tilt and the outer edges follow the shape of the upper part of her face.  Her short wedge has good width at the jaw hinge and finishes with a blunt muzzle.  In profile she has a nicely rounded brow and reasonable depth to her skull.  Her nose is virtually straight and level with her chin, which has adequate depth.  Her bite is level and her teeth are somewhat untidy.   She has widely spaced large lustrous golden yellow eyes which have upper lids correctly slanting towards her nose and well rounded lower lids.  Her body is well muscled with a straight back and rounded chest.  Her elegant limbs have neat oval paws and the hind legs are correctly longer than the forelegs.  Her tail is well shaped having medium thickness at the base and a rounded tip and just balances her body.  Her coat is reasonably short and close lying: in texture it is soft and satiny.  The colour is an even middle  tone of dove grey with a hint of pinkish tinge.  She is a happy, very friendly young lady who loved all the attention and conversation. 
Four very nice females made the final placings difficult. Thank you for the lovely entry.
 
A/C Burmese Debutante Adult:
1: Lewis’ Maharani Lilly Marlene (27b) F 19/3/11 Well-grown very promising young lady of very good weight and type: shown in super condition and with mature looks for her eleven months.  Gently rounded top of head with correctly shaped ears set well apart.  They are a fraction large at present and have good breadth at the base and rounded tips:  the outer edge follows the outer line of her face.  Her wedge has good width and her medium length muzzle is blunt.  In profile she has a definite nose break and her nose is straight.  Her skull has good depth and her brow shows slight rounding.  Her chin is of medium depth and is on a level plane with the tip of her nose.  Her bite is level.  She has large yellowy chartreuse eyes with a slightly greener tone to the inner area. They are beautifully shaped with slanted top line, deeply rounded lower line and are widely spaced and she has a bewitching “come hither if you dare” expression.  Her body has excellent muscle tone: her back is straight and her chest we rounded.  Her limbs are elegant, the hind legs being a little longer than the forelegs, and she has neat oval paws.  Her tail is a fraction thick at the base and finishes with a rounded tip: it needs a little more length to balance her largish body.  Her clear coat is a warm milk chocolate with slight contrast and is a fraction longer than I would wish but lies very close with a very smooth finish and healthy gloss.  The texture is fine and satiny.  She has an extremely friendly nature and purred all the time we handled her. 
2: Bridges’ Sanlis Dita Von-Tease (27c) F 6/5/11  Delightful young lady just two weeks in the adult classes and of excellent weight and with a good feel to her.  Proportionate and balanced,  she is most promising.  Good rounding to her top of head with widely placed medium ears of good shape.  Broad based and with rounded tips, the outer edge follows the outer contour of her face.  With good width at the jaw hinge, her wedge is short and blunt.  In profile there is adequate depth to her skull and her virtually straight, slightly sloping nose is level with her firm chin which could be a little deeper for perfection. She has a fair nose break and a level bite.  Her eyes are large and a very pleasing tone of yellowy chartreuse.  They are set well apart and correctly shaped having slanted upper lids and rounded lower lids.  On the day she tended to open them very wide making them appear somewhat round but when she relaxed the correct shape became obvious.  Her body is mature for her age and her back is straight and chest already strong and rounded.  Her limbs are slender finishing with neat oval paws.  Her tail is of good shape having medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip: it is of sufficient length to balance her body.  Her coat is reasonably short and close lying and the texture is soft and very silky. The colour is pale, delicate dove grey with minimal contrast and a distinct pinkish tone.  She is still very kittenish and wriggly and was interested in every movement and sound when out of the pen.
 
A/C Burmese Junior Adult:
1: Conway’s Chamstraw Sparklin Sapphie (27) F 16.2.11 At a fraction over one year this beautifully balanced girl is outstanding and extremely promising. Medium in size and far heavier than looks would suggest she is well proportioned and indeed sparklin’ and her front view is true Burmese.  She was shown in excellent condition. Her top of head has very good rounding and her medium size ears are placed well apart with the outer edge carrying on the shape of her face.  They are correctly shaped with broad base and nicely rounded tips and have a slight forward tilt.  She has a well balanced wedge, with good width at the jaw hinge, and which tapers to a short muzzle with a pleasingly blunt finish.  In profile she has reasonable depth to her skull and her brow is rounded.  Her break has definition and her nose is straight and on a level plane with her chin which is firm and has good depth.  Her bite is level.  She has beautifully defined eye shape with the topline slanting towards her nose and the lower line well rounded.  The eyes are large and lustrous and the colour is a very pleasing tone of mid yellow: her expression is pure Burmese: so irresistible to lovers of this breed.  Her body is well muscled and has a very good feel.  Her back is straight and her chest strong and rounded.  Her limbs are elegant and correctly shaped with the back legs a little longer than the forelegs.  Her paws are neat and oval in shape.  Her tail is a little short to balance but is nicely shaped with medium thickness at the base and finishing with a rounded tip. Her coat is a clear rich seal brown.  It is short and very close lying and satiny in texture with a patent leather gloss which positively shines with health.  She was a little shy at first but soon realised that we meant well and she purred loudly when out of the pen.  Had time not been of the essence I could have easily chatted to her for hours as she reminded me very much of my first Burmese of many years ago.  
 2:  Chapman-Beer’s Ch. Catamarian Evita  
3: Brabner’s Kymian Nutmeg (27h) F 6/4/11  Small to medium chocolate tortie girl: almost the baby of the class at just over ten months and very promising indeed: shown in tip top condition.  She is a nicely balanced young girl who has lots of time on her side.  Gently rounded top of head with largish well spaced ears of good shape, being broad at the base and with nicely rounded tips.  The outer edges follow the shape of her face.  Her short wedge is wide and balanced and her muzzle is blunt.  In profile her skull has reasonable depth and her brow is rounded.  She has a straight nose and a defined break.  The tip of her nose is level with her chin which needs a little more depth.  Her bite is level.  She has large eyes of very good shape and set.  The topline is slanting towards her nose and the lower line is rounded giving her a pleasing and typical expression.  The colour is yellowy toned chartreuse.  Her body has good muscle tone and she has a straight back and pleasing roundness to her chest.  Her limbs are shapely and elegant with hind legs correctly longer than forelegs and neat oval paws to finish.  Her tail is somewhat thick at the base, finishes with a rounded tip and is short to balance.  Her coat is free of any undesirable markings and is mid to dark chocolate with mingled shades of rich tangerine.  It is silky in texture and lies close with a satiny finish and healthy sheen particularly to the darker areas.  She was a little tense at first but is basically friendly in nature with a hint of naughty-tortie thrown in for good measure.  A lovely little lady.
Also considered: numerically:
 Pen 361 Giles’ Gr.Ch. Raweke Hubble Bubble (27) M 24/7/10  Very well grown balanced, heavy fellow of just over eighteen months with super muscle tone and shown in splendid condition.  Medium size ears set well apart across his gently rounded top of head.  His ears are correctly shaped having broad base and rounded tips and tilted slightly forward when viewed in profile.  His wedge has very good width at the cheeks bones and finishes with a short blunt muzzle. In profile his brow is gently rounded and he had good depth of skull:  His break is well defined and his nose is straight and virtually level with his firm chin, which has adequate depth.  His bite is level.  His eyes are pale primrose yellow in tone.  They are set well apart and, when he opened them up fully, are large,sparkling and correctly shaped with the topline slanting towards his nose and the lower line rounded.  He has a lovely quizzical expression.  His body is powerful but with Burmese elegance and he has a good straight back and  strong rounded chest.  His legs are well proportioned and strong with the hind legs a little longer than the forelegs and he has beautiful oval paws.  His tail is well shaped with medium thickness at the base finishing with a rounded tip and it just balances his large body.  His coat is a deep intense seal brown with a glossy sheen.  It is short and close lying and super satiny in texture.  He was a little tense at first but basically friendly: I think perhaps some of the lovely ladies all around him may have been showing off to all the handsome chaps and in turn affecting the lads. 
Pen 374 Farrell & Barrett’s Rumba Orchid
Pen 376 Smith’s Janzanco Zinfandelle (27d) F 18/4/11  Elegant little lady I have met before: at ten months she has good muscle tone and still has her endearing kittenish expression and disarming feminine charm.  Her slightly large ears are nicely shaped and set wide across her gently rounded top of head.  They are broad based and have rounded tips and their outer edge follows the shape of her face.  Her wedge is a trifle long at present: she has good width at her cheekbones and the muzzle is blunt when viewed from the front.  In profile the muzzle is a little long and I imaging she is still teething as there is the hint of a pinch. Her nose break is rather shallow and would benefit from being a little more defined.  Her nose is straight with a very slight roll off at the leather.  Her chin is firm, of reasonable depth and at present set back slightly from the  tip of her nose.  Her skull has reasonable depth and her brow is nicely rounded.  She has beautifully shaped eyes which are lustrous and yellow in colour.  They are set well apart and are correctly shaped with upper lids slanting towards her nose and lower lids well rounded. She has a lovely Burmese expression.  Her bite is level.   She is at the stage of being neither kitten nor adult and her body reflects this:  It is medium to long in length and as she was wriggly on the day it was not easy to assess her stance.  She is maturing into an elegant girl and her limbs are slim and her paws neat and oval in shape.  Her tail just balances her body and is correctly shaped, being of medium thickness at the base and having a rounded tip.  Her coat is developing nicely and is a richer shade of tangerine than when I last met her.  It is short and very close lying with a silky texture and satin sheen.  It is free of any undesirable markings except a vague almost  indeterminate  broken necklet which will hopefully merge in as the tangerine colour brightens with maturity.  She is a dear little girl with a charming nature and quite the little princess in her enormous pen. 
Pen 378 Conway’s Chanstraw Cupid’s Melodie (27e) F 16/2/11 A pretty name for a delightful brown tortie young lady of lovely type and shown in tip top condition.  Proportionate and balanced with good muscle tone and excellent weight and with such a super Burmese expression.  Gently rounded top of head between well shaped medium size ears set well apart.  Her ears are wide at the base with rounded tips and in profile they display a slight forward tilt.  The outer edges continue the line of her upper face.  She has a short wide wedge which has good width at her cheekbones and tapers to a blunt finish.  In profile her nose break is fairly well defined and her nose slopes away: the tip is on a vertical plane with her chin which has good depth.  Her bite is level.  Her eyes are chartreuse verging slightly more towards the green spectrum and are large and lustrous.  They are set well apart and correctly shaped with slanted top line and fully rounded lower line.  At just one year she has a mature firm body with straight back and rounded chest.  Her elegant limbs finish with pretty oval paws and the hind legs are a little longer than the fore legs.  Her tail is a fraction thick at the base and finishes with a rounded tip: it is a trifle short to balance her body.  Her coat is free of any undesirable markings and the warm seal brown is mingled with shades of red.  The texture is soft and silky and it is short and very close with a high gloss.  Lovely lady with lots of promise.
Pen 380: Stephens’ Millgill Fancy Free (27g) F 24/3/11 Medium size, proportionate girl of good weight: compact and well muscled: shown in lovely condition.  Largish ears set well apart across her gently rounded top of head.  Correctly shaped with good width at the base and rounded tips, their outer edge follows the line of the upper part of her face.  Nicely balanced head with a short wedge which has good width across her cheekbones and which tapers to a good blunt muzzle.  In profile her ears display a slight forward tilt and her brow is rounded.  She has reasonable depth of skull and a fair nose break.  Her nose could be a fraction shorter for perfection and her chin which is set back slightly would benefit from a little more depth.  Her bite is level.  She has wonderful large eyes which are yellowy chartreuse in tone and very lustrous.  They are set well apart with beautifully defined shape: the topline slants towards her nose and the lower line is deeply curved.  In addition she has eyeliner which adds that special touch in lighter coloured Burmese.  Her body is strong and muscular whilst still being very feminine: her back is straight and her chest rounded.  Her limbs are elegant with correctly longer hind legs.  Her paws are neat and oval.  Her tail is of good length. A little thick at the base and tapering to a rounded tip.  Her coat is a pretty mixture of delicate pastel  blue-grey and cream and the texture is soft and silky.  It is medium in length and very close lying and glossy.  There is a hint of a broken necklet and she also has the odd tortie marking on her tail which joins up as a thin ring.  I point this out for accuracy and in no way does it detract from her beauty.  She was a little shy on the day. At just eleven months she has time on her side to mature into a super Burmese queen.
Pen 382 Prof. Bradley’s Gr.Ch. Shivarene Lady Guinevere (27j) F 18/4/10 Beautiful lilac tortie of almost two years with excellent weight and superb Burmese expression and such a strong family likeness with her young son in the lilac kitten class.  She is balanced and proportionate and has the most beautiful eyes.  Well rounded top of head and largish ears widely spaced and of correct shape: wide at the base and with rounded tips and, in profile, a correct forward tilt. Their outer edge follows the contour of her upper face.  Her wedge is short and has very good width at her cheekbones and a good blunt muzzle.  In profile her skull has good depth and her brow is rounded.  Her break is defined and her nose straight and the tip is on a level plane with her firm chin which has reasonable depth.  Her bite is level.  Her eyes are outstanding both in size and expression. They are yellow toned chartreuse, lustrous and correctly shaped with slanted topline and excellent deep curve to the lower line.  Her body is very weighty and well muscled  and has a very mature appearance.  She has a straight back and well rounded chest of very good width.  Her elegant limbs are slender and the hind legs are correctly longer than the front.  She has beautiful oval paws.  Her tail is of the correct shape being medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip: it is a little short to balance her lithe strong body.  Her coat is very short and fine in texture and very close lying with a satiny sheen.  The colours are delicate and so pretty with pinkish pale dove grey intermingled with shades of cream and she has no undesirable markings.  She is a refined female who was a pleasure to meet and handle and she was shown in superb condition.  My congratulations for her BIS Burmese award.
This class of nine beautiful Burmese was no easy task to assess, and I thank all the exhibitors for the wonderful entry.

A/C Senior Burmese Adult:  This class proved to be an enjoyable headache!  All five exhibits are outstanding examples of the breed and it was no easy task to sort them out.  My warmest thanks to the five owners for entering them in this class for me.
1: Wilshaw’s UK I.Gr.Ch.Rossikhan Cupcake (27b) F 16/8/07  Strikingly beautiful chocolate girl in superb condition.  Medium size, compact and balanced and weightier than her appearance would suggest.  Her correctly shaped ears are widely placed across a gently rounded top of head.  In profile her ears have a slight forward tilt and they are broad at the base and have rounded tips, their outer edge following the outer line of her upper face.  She has a short wedge with very good width at the jaw hinge and her muzzle is correctly blunt.  In profile she has a pleasingly rounded brow and good depth to her skull.  Her break is very well defined and her nose is short and straight.  The tip of her nose is dead level with her firm chin which has good depth.  Her bite is level.  Her eyes are large and sparkling and beautifully shaped with the topline slanted towards her nose and the lower line deeply rounded giving her a knowing and typically Burmese expression.  They are very pleasing mid yellow chartreuse in tone.  Her body is strong and well muscled whilst being so very feminine in appearance.  Her back is straight and her chest broad and rounded in shape.  She has slender limbs: her back legs being correctly a little longer than her front legs: her paws are beautifully neat and oval in shape.  Her tail is just a trifle short to balance at her shoulder and is correctly shaped and in proportion: at the base it is of medium thickness and the tip is rounded.  Her clear sumptuous coat is a pleasing warm milk chocolate in tone with the very slightest contrast on her face and ears.  It is short, fits like a glove, and very silky in texture and has a glowing satiny sheen: gorgeous to stroke. In fact her coat is a perfect interpretation of the standard’s wording on coats. She was so amiable when we met fairly late in the day: she is utterly beguiling in character and, from my point of view, she is the very definition of a Burmese female.   
2: Robinson’s Gr. Ch. Rossikhan VelvetMiss
3: Lady Yardley’s Gr. Ch. Papagena Yana Yardley (27c) F 1/9/08  Very stylish elegant lady of almost three and a half years.  Lithe balanced body with good feel and substance and correctly heavier than would at first appear.  Medium size ears with wide base and rounded tips set wide across her gently rounded top of head.  The outer edge of her ears continues  the shape of the upper part of her face and her ears have a slight forward tilt when viewed in profile.  She has a short wedge of good width and her muzzle has a pleasing blunt finish.  Her bite is level.  In profile her skull has good depth and her brow has fair rounding. Her nose break is defined and her nose straight and level with her chin, which has adequate depth.  She has large lustrous eyes which are a primrose yellow tone of chartreuse.  They are correctly shaped with slanted topline and deeply curved lower line and are placed well apart.  Her expression is of steely determination and so typically Burmese.  Her back is straight and her chest rounded and fairly broad in proportion with her body.  Her limbs are slender and finish with neat oval paws.  The hind legs are a little longer than the fore legs.  Her tail has sufficient length to balance at the shoulder and is of correct shape having medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip.  Her coat is a beautiful shade of distinctly pinkish toned dove grey and is very even.  It is clear of any undesirable markings and the texture is fine and silky.  It is short and close lying and has a beautiful satiny sheen.  She has a lovely happy personality and I congratulate her on producing such a pretty daughter who it was my pleasure to meet earlier in the day.
Also considered: numerically:
 Pen 362: Wilshaw’s IGr.Ch. Rossikhan SweetBaby James (27) M 7/4/07  Magnificent very well grown weighty chap in splendid condition and every inch the quintessential Burmese Gentleman.  Very well rounded top of head and neat medium size ears placed well apart and of the correct shape: broad based and with rounded tips and a slight forward tilt in profile view.  Very pleasing short wide wedge with ample width at the jaw hinge and a good blunt muzzle.  In profile he has excellent depth to his skull and his brow is nicely rounded.  His nose is perfectly straight and the tip is on a vertical plane with his level chin which has good depth and firmness.  His bite is level. His eyes are large and lustrous and a really lovely shade of yellowy chartreuse.  They are widely set and of the correct shape: topline slanted towards his nose and deeply curved  lower line affording him an intelligent, piercing stare which speaks volumes.  His body is very well muscled and strong whilst at the same time having the elegance so typical of the breed.  His back is straight and his chest is broad, deep  and very well rounded.  His limbs are strong and his proportionate paws neat and oval in shape.  The hind legs are correctly slightly longer than the fore legs.  His tail has sufficient length to balance his large frame and is well shaped with medium thickness at the base and ending with a rounded tip.  His rich, intense seal brown coat is such a close fit that one could be forgiven for thinking it may be painted on his body.  It is short in length and satiny in texture, as the standard requires, and positively gleams with health and resembles patent leather in appearance.  He really is a strikingly handsome fellow who looks as if he, like another chap of the same name,  would definitely take his refreshment shaken – not stirred.  A really super fellow. 
Pen 377: Bell’s UK Gr.Ch. Hobberdy Medoras Goldberry (27d) F 24/6/05  Good size and weight to this eye-catching balanced lady who was shown in tip top condition.  Well shaped medium size ears widely set across her gently rounded top of head.  Correctly shaped with broad base and rounded tips the outer edge follows the shape of the upper part of her face.  Nicely balanced  wedge with very good width at her cheekbones and tapering to a short muzzle with nice blunt finish.  Her bite is level and her tiny front teeth are slightly untidy.   In profile her ears display a correct alert forward tilt: she has good depth to her skull and her brow shows gentle rounding.  She has a fairly well defined nose break and her nose is of medium length and straight.  The nose tip is level with her chin which could be slightly deeper for perfection.  She has large lustrous yellow toned eyes which are beautifully shaped and set well apart: the topline slanted towards her nose and the lower lined well rounded: she has a very pleasing and typical Burmese glare.   She has a compact medium size body, straight back and rounded chest of good width and depth.  Her elegant slender limbs finish with neat oval paws and her hind legs are correctly a little longer than her fore legs.  Her tail is well shaped with medium thickness where it meets the body and tapering to a rounded tip and is of sufficient length to balance her body.  Her coat is short and has a fine silky texture.  It lies close  and has a healthy satiny sheen.  It has the faintest broken necklet and is free of any undesirable markings.  The colour is mainly  rich tangerine with slightly paler toned tangerine around her shoulders  Together with her yellow eyes this is a wonderful combination and she is a beautiful example of a Burmese queen in her prime.  She is ultra friendly to handle and it was a pleasure to meet her.
 
A/C Imperial Titled Burmese Exhibit:
1: Wilshaw’s UK Igr.Ch. Rossikhan Cupcake
2: Wilshaw’s Igr.Ch. Rossikhan SweetBaby James

A/C Radius Burmese Adult: 
1: Robinson’s Gr.Ch. Rossikhan VelvetMiss
2: Stephen’s Millgill Fancy Free

A/C Visitors Burmese Kitten:
1: Weale’s  Herbatious Sweet William
2: Weale’s Herbatious Basil 
3: Williams’ Sykris Covergirl  (27a) F 14/9/11  At just five months this baby girl is well grown and of good weight and nicely balanced.  Her top of head is gently rounded and her ears, which are set well apart, are medium in size and correctly shaped with broad base and rounded tips.  Her wedge is wide tapering to a short, blunt muzzle and she has excellent  width at the cheekbones.  Her bite is level.  In profile she has a fair nose break and her brow would benefit from being a little more rounded.  Her nose is straight with a very slight roll off at the leather and her chin, which for perfection could be a little deeper, is level with her nose tip.  Her ears have a desirable slight forward tilt.  She has large yellowy chartreuse eyes which are widely set and nicely shaped: they have a slanted topline and rounded lower line.  On the day she was a little unsure of all the goings on and tended to open her eyes very wide, making them seem somewhat round.  However when she relaxed the correct shape was evident and she has a pleasing gentle expression.  Her body is firm and already very elegant: her limbs are proportionate and she has beautiful little oval paws with plenty of silvering which makes them look as if she is wearing little silvery slippers.  Her tail is correctly shaped: medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip and having sufficient length to balance her body.  Her coat is an even, clear mid blue-grey and she has lovely silvering to her nose, cheeks, top of head and paws.  The texture is fine and silky and it is short and close lying.  She was a little shy at first but friendly and purring when handled: a little sweetie. 
Also considered:
Pen 387: Farrell & Barrett’s Sesuane Ghostrider O’Tom

A/C Non-Breeders Burmese Neuter Male: 
1: Robinson’s GR. CH. & IGR. PR. Molynmeux Gold Dust (27f) MN 23/12/08  Large very well grown lad in his prime at just over three years: shown in excellent condition.  Proportionate and beautifully balanced, he possesses a most engaging expression somewhere between a piercing stare and “please hug me”.  His medium size ears are set well apart across his gently rounded top of head.  They are correctly shaped with wide base and they are rounded at the tip and the outer edge follows the contour of his upper face: in profile they are tilted slightly forward.  His wedge is short with a blunt muzzle and he has very good width across his cheeks: his bite is level.  In profile he has very pleasing depth to his skull and rounding to his brow.   His nose break is very well defined and his nose straight.  His chin is on a level plane with the tip of his nose and is firm and of reasonably good depth.  He has the most beautiful, large yellow toned eyes which are all the lovelier for having a defining narrow band of pale cream fur which frames their shape.  They are set wide apart: their top line slants towards his nose and the lower line is deeply curved: his expression is so very typically Burmese.  His weighty body is impressively muscled whilst retaining the elegance of his breed.  When standing his back is straight and his chest, which has excellent depth and width, is well rounded.  His limbs are strong and shapely and his paws neat and oval in shape: the hind legs being correctly longer than the forelegs.  His tail is well shaped, with medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip, and balances his body.  His coat is short and close lying and satiny in texture.  It is a clear shade of warm cream which is of a slightly hotter tone along his back.  He has the most beautiful powdering effect on the top of his head and back and also on the backs of his ears.  He was so relaxed on the day and enjoyed being handled and assessed: he really is a gorgeous fellow and my congratulations to him and his owner on his Best Burmese Neuter award. 
2: Keady’s Maharani Chocolate Remix (27b) MN 19/3/11  Large, proportionate very well grown lad of almost one year: very much the gentleman as his jowls are already nicely developed and he has good firm muscle tone.  Medium size correctly shaped ears set well apart across his gently rounded top of head.  The ears are wide at the base and have rounded tips and, in profile, are tilted slightly forward.  Balanced wedge is broad across his cheeks and tapers to a short blunt muzzle. His bite is level.  In profile he has good depth of skull and his brow is pleasingly rounded.  He has fair definition to his nose break: his nose is straight and his chin is firm, of good depth and  level with the tip of his nose. His eyes are a very pleasing tone of mid yellowy chartreuse and are set well apart.  They are nicely shaped with correct slant to the upper lids and well rounded lower lids and he has a wicked  expression which speaks volumes.  For perfection they could be just a fraction larger.  His body is very masculine: his back is straight and his broad deep chest is well rounded.  His limbs are strong and in due proportion and the hind legs are correctly a little longer than the fore legs.  His paws are neat and oval in shape.  His tail is of sufficient length to balance his large frame and the shape is correct with medium thickness at the base and tapering rounded tip.  His clear coat is an even tone of mid to darkish chocolate with minimal shading.  It is short and close lying and silky in texture with a good healthy gloss.  Although he is large and robust he is beautifully elegant and he has a composed even temperament: it was a pleasure to meet him.  
3: Wrigglesworth’s Gr. Pr. Sykris Akhenaten (27) MN 3/7/08  Unfortunately this lad’s pen was empty so I could not assess him.

A/C Junior Burmese Neuter:  
1: Crouch’s Kanelique Brown Kamara (27) FN 10/4/11 Compact young girl of eleven months: shown in excellent condition.  She has a good feel and typical Burmese expression.  She has well shaped medium size ears set widely across her gently rounded top of head.  Broad based and with rounded tips her ears display a correct slightly forward tilt when viewed in profile.  Their outer edge follows the shape of the upper part of her face. Her wedge is reasonably short and she has good width at the jaw hinge.  Her muzzle is pleasingly blunt and her bite is level.  In profile she has a rounded brow and reasonable depth to her skull.  She has a well defined nose break and her nose is medium in length: it is straight and has the slightest roll off at the tip.  She has a deep firm chin which is virtually level with her nose tip.  She has pale yellowy chartreuse eyes of good shape: they are set wide and have a correctly slanting topline and deeply curved lower line and are lustrous in appearance.  They look as if they could be a fraction larger for perfection but she is a smallish female and her eyes are proportionate to her overall proportions.  Her body is well muscled and heavier than appearance might suggest.  Her back is straight and her chest rounded and of good width.  Her legs are slim and elegant finishing with pretty oval paws.  Her hind legs are a little longer than her fore legs.  Her tail is nicely shaped with medium thickness at the base and tapering to a rounded tip: it has sufficient length to balance her feminine body.  On the day she had a little tension at the tip which I mention for accuracy as it in no way detracts from her overall very pleasing appearance.  Her coat is a beautiful intense rich seal brown.  It is clear and very short, lying close to her body and of a lovely silky soft texture and with a healthy satin like gloss.  She has a delightful friendly temperament and although it was late in the day when we met she purred for England and was keen to be handled.  A really lovely Burmese girl.  
2: Keady’s Maharani Chocolate Remix

A/C Radius Burmese Neuter: 
1: Stephen’s Gr.Ch. & UK IGr. Pr. Millgill Mimicry (27c) FN  3/5/01 Fantastic lilac lady of almost eleven years and shown in beautiful condition.  She has superb Burmese type and a very good feel.  Her top of head is gently rounded and her neat medium size ears are set wide apart and of correct shape.  They have broad base and rounded tips and display a slight forward tilt in profile view and their outer edge follows the contour of the upper part of her face.   She has a balanced short wedge which has excellent width across her cheekbones and tapers to a good blunt muzzle.  Her bite is level and her teeth pearly white.  In profile she has really good depth to her skull and her brow is gently rounded.  She has a short straight nose and firm deep chin which is perfectly level with her nose tip.  Her large lustrous eyes are beautifully shaped with correctly slanted topline and deeply curved lower line giving her a fabulous typically Burmese expression.  Her eye colour is dilute pale yellowy chartreuse and is a lovely contrast with her pinkish lilac coat.  Her body is very well muscled with straight back and broad rounded chest.  Her elegant limbs finish with beautiful oval shaped paws and the hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs.  Her tail is correctly shaped and balances her body: it is of medium thickness at the base and tapers to a rounded tip.  Her coat is an even pale shade of dove grey with a distinct pinkish tone.  It is close lying and satiny in texture.  She is a stunning example of a Burmese female and her temperament is absolutely delightful. 
2: Robinson’s Gr.Ch.& IGr.Pr. Molynmeux Gold Dust.
Two fantastic examples of the breed: thank you for the entry.  On the day the lady just had the edge but both are wonderful Burmese.

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