My history :

  It’s quite by chance that I discovered Birman cats in 1991. At that time I had a business in Sao Paolo, which took up all my time and I also had a Doberman, Arthur, to look after. So I really didn’t think much about cats.
But I also had a French friend who loved Birmans, and one day her cat had some kittens, who were placed in different families. About 18 months later, the people who had adopted Panda were not able to keep him, and when my friend suggested we adopt him, Wilma and I looked at each other, and a few days later Panda was with us! He wasn’t really an exhibition cat and at that time I didn’t know anything about the race.




Panda with Telma


Panda, 7 march 99

Some time later I said to myself: “I wouldn’t want him to die without knowing anything about LOVE”, so I went and found him a fiancée, Penelope, and then Chatquirit Bijou, a female seal point, arrived in 1992. After a first litter and then a second arrived, I began to want to know more about the Sacred Cat or Burma, and realised very soon that I had a lot to learn.
The Chatterie du Chat Botté  (« Puss in Boots Cattery »)  was the result of this passion for the Birman cat. Puss in Boots for  obvious reasons …. especially as Panda’s gloves were rather high.  


Panda and Pénélope


Panda and Pénélope


Bijou's coming, Panda say to her hello !
From left to right : Penelope, Bijou and Panda



  I really began breeding in  1995. That’s when I acquired  a female seal point  Tuamotu Mahiahia and a female blue cream  Tuamotu Rapa Nui a year later, both imported from Argentina. Those two cats were my first females who were exhibition quality, and with them I discovered the world of cat shows.

That’s when I really discovered what I wanted to do. I have never had any favourite colour but the type and morphology are very important for me, more than the gloves. However I have always made an effort to leave nothing aside.


Tuamotu Mahiahia, seal point female


Tuamotu Rapa Nui,  blue cream female

Later, in order to enrich the breeding line, I bought a beautiful female seal point,  Keko’s Thamaris, mother of  Patchouli,  and I brought back from the United States in 1996 a very handsome male blue point  Kariams Tampico Chico,  then feom Southern Brazil a ravishing blue creme female, Chatquirit Jalousie. These two queens turned out to be excellent “tracers” and produced a fine line of champions.


 Keko’s Thamaris,  seal point female


Chico and his parents,  in USA
 with his breeder Karen Al Walbrun ( on the right )

  However, I still have a nostalgic tenderness for my first Birman, Panda, because he is the source of my best memories. Before I began breeding, and we went travelling, my wife and I, we always took  him with us, making sure that the car was equipped with what he needed in the way of water and cat litter.

  Each time it was the same story. Before we turned the first corner, he had already made a little poo  and the car had the characteristic smell. So I had to stop as soon as possible to get rid of his present. After that he settled down behind the passenger seat and stayed there without moving for the next 700 km.  A cat like that you can never forget!...

  If Panda was very important for me, because he was my first Birman, and that I cannot forget, today I am also persuaded that Chico revolutionized the breeding of Birmans in Brazil (there was no quality production here before that). He is a modern cat who could have graced any cattery in the entire world.


Kariams Tampico Chico, adult


  To continue, in 1997 I acquired two females  in France, a blue point Noussia du Royaume des Thais and a seal  point Nefertiti du Mont d’Hermine.


Noussia du Royaume des Thais, blue point female, 6 months


Nefertiti du Mont d’Hermine, seal point female, adult

  And finally, in 1998, I contacted the judge Mr De Pindray  who helped me to find  Ocelot du Prince de Gala, a magnificent specimen of a seal tabby, with very beautiful dark blue eyes, which I brought back from France in February 1999.


Ocelot du Prince de Gala, 6 months


Ocelot du Prince de Gala

  My sister-in-law then brought me from France a pretty blue point female, Rumba du Djurdjura in 2000.



Rumba du Djurdjura,  blue point female


Later, in 2001, I met Pascale Maignan, a French breeder with whom I became friends. She now has Le Chat Botte Cristal, a lovely blue point exhibition female, and she brought across to me from her cattery in France Symphonie du Jardin des Hespérides, as well as Saphire de Djurdjura, who comes from the same French cattery as Rumba.


On the left Pascale Maignan with Le Chat Botte Cristal, 2 months
and me, with Cristal's mother, Chatquirit Jalousie.


From left to right :
Symphonie du Jardin des Hespérides with me, my mother Jeanne
and Pascale Maignan with Chatquirit Jalousie.


Symphonie du Jardin des Hespérides,
 blue point female, 12 months


Grand Europe Champion
blue point female
Le Chat Botte Cristal, adult


Saphire de Djurdjura, seal tabby point
with my daughter Stéphanie

  Today I have seven Birmans, including two young females that have not yet had litters, Charlotte, a blue point and  Blanchette, a blue tabby point.

  Chico very quickly became Quadruple Grand Champion and Ocelot followed him closely, earning the same title also very rapidly.

  Both of them have fathered many champions, all of whom were Bests and Best of Bests, such as :

Le Chat Botté Tomy ( seal ) son of Kariams Tampico Chico and Keko’s Thamaris, Le Chat Botte Dilady, daughter of  Ocelot du Prince de Gala  and of Chat Botte Patchouli, Best of race twice in Argentina, Le Chat Botte Cristal, Grand Champion of Europe, 4 Best in show, 6 Best Variéty, 4 nominations and one general Best, Champion of Europe at 20 months, in only nine exhibitions ! Le Chat Botte François seal tabby, international grand Champion fife,  son of Kariams Tampico Chico and Saphire du Djurdjura, has won numerous fife awards, including several Best in show, a First Birman seal tabby in 2005, a Second Best male semi-longhaired in 2006, a third Best male all races en 2005. Le Chat Botté Morgana seal tabby, international Champion fife, daughter of Noussia du Royaume des Thais and Ocelot du Prince de Gala, has always won many Bests, including several Best in show, one Best Birman seal tabby en 2004 and a Second Best Birman, a Second Best female en semi-longhaired in 2005.


Le Chat Botté Tomy (  seal point male )
 son of   Kariams tampico Chico and Keko’s Thamaris


 Le Chat Botte Dilady,
daughter of Ocelot du Prince de Gala 
an of Le Chat Botte Patchouli


 Le Chat Botte François seal tabby,
grand international champion fife,
 son of  Kariams Tampico Chico and Saphire du Djurdjura


Le Chat Botté Morgana seal tabby's female,
international champion fife,  
daughter of Noussia du Royaume des Thais
 and Ocelot du Prince de Gala

  The Chat Botté's cattery was elected Best Cattery of Birmans in Brazil in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 by Tropicats ( Feline Federation of South America).


Jalousie in front, Ocelot on my knees ( 6 months old),
Patchouli next to me and Noussia on the left


  I participate in fewer exhibitions today, but I must say I am proud of these results. However they are the result of a great deal of effort and tenacity, in a country where nothing is easy and where you have to have the courage to go far from home to find the necessary cats. However if I had the chance to choose to start again, I would do exactly the same, because my passion for this extraordinary race of cats remains intact. I have given so much to them, and received so much back from them in return.