/Breed Introduction: Burmilla Cat

Breed Introduction: Burmilla Cat

The Burmilla is a breed of domestic cat which originated in the United Kingdom in 1981. It isa cross between the Chinchilla Persian and Burmese breeds. The Burmilla is a sweet combination of the Burmese cats and the Persian cats. It is quietly affectionate and gentle but more extroverted than the typical Persian. They are adventurous, so remember to put away breakables when he is around. Burmillas remain playful into adulthood. They love their humans, but are not excessively demanding of attention.

Breed Origin


The Burmilla was accidentally created. The unplanned mating between a Burmese and a chinchilla Persian in England in 1981 produced four black shaded female kittens with short, thick coats. The breeder realized how attractive such a breed could be and went on to develop what became known as the Burmilla. The breed entered the Cat Fanciers Association Miscellaneous Class in February 2011.

Breed Characteristics


Life Span: 10 to 15 years

Burmilla’s short, smooth coat is simple to groom with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hairs. A cat bath is rarely necessary. Brush or comb a longhaired Burmilla two or three times a week.

Burmillas stand out for their coats! Their coats are made up of a silver-white background colour that is tipped or shaded with a contrasting colour. Colours in both tipped and shaded patterns include black, brown, lilac, blue, chocolate, cream, red and tortoise shell.

Burmillas look much like the European Burmese with a gently rounded head that tapers to a short and blunt wedge. They also have a medium-size to large ears with slightly rounded tips that tilt forward a bit, and a pair of large eyes that can be any shade of green. The medium-size body is complemented with slender legs, neat oval paws, and a tail that tapers to a rounded tip.

The gentle and playful Burmilla is well suited to life with families with children and cat-friendly dogs. They can learn tricks, enjoys interactive toys, and loves the attention they receive from children who treat them politely and with respect.