Section 5 – BURMESE – Group 2
Arriving from Australia in 2007, the Australian Mist is one of our newest breeds, careful breeding programmes are working to create a truly companionable pet.
Originally known as the Spotted Mist, this breed was started in Australia in 1977, using a combination of the Burmese (50%) and Abyssinian (25%) breeds, outcrossed to Domestic shorthaired cats (25%).
Australian Mists are medium-sized short-haired cats, with a round head and large eyes. The coat is very short, without an undercoat. The Mist is an agouti cat, which can be Spotted or Marbled Pattern and can be found in 7 colours – Brown, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Gold, Peach and Caramel.
The temperament of the Australian Mist is delightful. They are great with children and are wonderful companions to both young and old. They are perfect lap cats and enjoy the company of other animals.
As a breed the Mist enjoys food. However, it is important to ensure they have a balanced diet and do not over-eat as they can have a tendency to become overweight. These lovely cats are happy to remain indoors but do need the companionship of humans or other cats. Australian Mists normally weigh between 8- 15lbs (4 – 7kgs.) Life expectancy average is about 15 -18 years.
As a ‘new’ breed to the UK, the two Australian Mist Breed Clubs have been able to incorporate compulsory DNA testing into their Breeding and Registration Policies. We advise that people looking to buy this breed ensure that the breeder is routinely testing for the following conditions:
Because the Australian Mist cat has been derived from the Burmese, it is probably worth mentioning the Burmese Head Defect. The good news is that the University of Bristol’s Langford Diagnostics Unit now have a DNA test for this defect. – This means that UK Breeders can continue to make sure that they breed from cats free from this dreadful condition. Special Note As the Australian Mist is still such a new breed, it is still being developed using the original outcrosses. When looking for a kitten your breeder will explain if he or she has outcrosses and talk you through the temperament and needs for these kittens.