Burmilla Cat Breed Profile
Shorthaired (member of the Asian Group)
> 15 years
Burmillas are generally long lived cats.
Average Litter Size
The average litter of Asians numbers six but larger litters are not uncommon.
General Physical Description
The Burmilla is a cat of medium build, thanks to the Burmese blood in its ancestry. In Asians like the Burmilla, the female is much smaller and daintier than the male. The head has good width between the ears and a gently rounded dome. The jaw is wide at the hinge tapering to a broad blunt muzzle. In profile the head forms a short wedge with a firm chin and the nose is short. The chin and the tip of the nose are in the same vertical plane. The ears are of medium size with a rounded tip. They are set so as to continue the angle of the face and are slightly tilted forward. The eyes are set well apart and are full and expressive. The eyes may be any colour from gold through to green. The body is firm and muscular with a strong straight back. The legs are of medium length and the hind legs are a little longer than the front. The paws are oval and the tail is medium to long, tapering slightly to a rounded tip.
Weight Height Range
Burmillas weigh between 7 - 7 kgs.
The Burmilla is an active cat and requires 80 Kcals per kg of bodyweight per day of food. These cats are not generally prone to obesity and regulate their own diets very well.
The Asians including the Burmilla have no specific health care problems and, like the Burmese, live well into their teens. As with all cats it is a good idea to have an annual health check from about the age of eight.
Although the Asian breed is still in its relative infancy, the Burmilla has proved to be a very popular breed, and now has Championship Status with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. They are easy to prepare for show and love the attention they get when there. Prizes may be withheld for incorrect coat colour, pattern or length, white markings, incorrect type as well as any of the faults that apply to all breeds such as skull deformities, entropion (an eyelid deformity), unlevel bite, squints, tail kinks etc.
Country Of Origin
Compatibility With Other Cats
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitability For Children
Character & Temperament
The Burmilla is less boisterous than a Burmese, but less laid-back than a Chinchilla. This cat loves attention and needs to be part of the family. They can be quite demanding and often follow their owners around the house crying for attention. If spoken to they often appear to understand and answer. Asians are very intelligent and can often work out such problems as how to open doors. The curiosity and friendliness of Asians like the Burmilla can often lead them to stray into visitor's cars or delivery vans and they may be best confined to the house or a secure garden. They usually settle quite happily to this arrangement, as above all they do love their home comforts. They love to play and toys and scratching post should be provided for amusement as well as quality time set aside for play with their humans. They can be very sensitive to their owner's feelings and this makes them excellent companions. They are generally good with children and when fed up with the rough and tumble of play with human children will stalk off until peace resumes.
Playfulness As An Adult
Grooming & Upkeep
The short close lying coat of the Burmilla does not require much grooming although they do appreciate the attention that comes with it.
The Burmilla is another name for the Asian Shaded, and includes both shaded and tipped cats. Burmillas have an agouti coat where there are two colours on each hair shaft, giving a tipped effect. The tipping or shading may be any of the colours seen in the Asian selfs and torties, either full expression or Burmese colour restriction (see Asians). The coat may be standard or silvered and in the Silver varieties the colours may be reduced in intensity. The undercoat in the standard colours can be as pale as possible and in the Silver as white as possible. The shading on the body is free from tabby markings and will be denser nearer the spine and will disperse gradually down the sides and the under parts will be as light as possible. The degree of shading will vary from light tipping to heavy shading but it is the coat will be evenly and symmetrically marked. A denser concentration of colour extends from the paw up the back leg to the hock and this place is often a good indication of the colour of a kitten before the rest of the coat develops. The forehead will be marked with a 'M', lines will run from the outer corner of the eyes and there will be pencilling on the cheeks. The eye rim is clearly defined in the base colour and the cat will appear to be wearing eye liner. There may be 'broken' necklaces around the neck and chest. The tail has light, incomplete rings and a solid tip. The paws may be slightly barred and there may be light spotting on the belly.
History And Uses
The Burmilla was created by accident when a male Chinchilla had a clandestine meeting with a lilac female Burmese. The kittens were so attractive that they quickly won the hearts of all who saw them and new homes were found for them all. In fact so much interest was generated that a repeat mating was done and from there a new breed was formed. The kittens looked more like the Burmese than the Chinchilla and had the inquisitive, friendly Burmese temperament but they had the stunning silver colouring and the tipped markings of the Chinchilla.
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies