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Is the Burmilla right for you?

The basics:
With eye-catching good looks, the elegant Burmilla could easily have earned their place in the world of cat fancy by appearance alone. Their silky, soft fur comes in a variety of colors, with patterns of tipping and shading that offer some truly stunning results. Bright, dramatic eyes and a sweet expression round out the look, but the Burmilla is more than just a pretty face. Packaged within this flashy exterior is a cat of great affection, devotion, and kitten-like glee.

The breed happened by accident, the product of an illicit liaison between a dashing Chinchilla Persian and a runaway European Burmese. Taking advantage of her carelessly unlocked cage to pursue love and adventure, she soon found herself the mother of 4 lovely and unique kittens. So fetching were these offspring that the owner of the two star-crossed lovers blessed their union, and a formal breeding program was pursued. The result is the Burm(ese – chinch)illa: the Burmilla.

Appearance / health:
The beautiful Burmilla is a medium-sized cat, somewhat muscular and broad of chest, but with strong, slender legs, neat oval paws, and a medium, tapering tail. Their build closely resembles that of the European Burmese, and differs mostly in the head and face. The Burmilla’s head is gently rounded at the top, broad at eye level, but gradually tapering to a medium, blunt muzzle. The eyes are large and rounded, bordered in a smoky black eyeliner that sets off the green hues of their eyes. In certain color varieties (red, cream, and tortoiseshell), amber eyes may be more common. The nose and lips have a similar black outline. Medium to large ears are set wide apart, slightly rounded at the tip, and tilted slightly forward. The overall impression is one of sweetness and openness.

The Burmilla’s coat is quite exceptional, and may be short or semi-long in length. In the shorthaired Burmilla, the coat is smooth and silky, close-lying to the body but with a plush, padded feel due to a thick undercoat. There are two major coat patterns, both of which give the Burmilla’s coat a unique appearance: tipped and shaded. The tipped Burmilla will have a silver or golden undercoat, with light coloration on no more than ¼ of the tip of the hair. In the shaded Burmilla, the color has a much more dramatic appearance, with as much as half of the tip of the hair colored. While the undercoat will almost always be silver or gold, tipping and shading can come in a variety of colors: black, blue, brown, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, and tortoiseshell, though not all colors have been officially recognized in all the cat associations. The color of the nose and toe pads will correspond to coat color, and vary from black, dark brown, pinkish brown, grey, and grey tinged with pink.

The Longhaired Burmilla, also known as the Tiffanie, is described elsewhere.

The Burmilla may be more prone to allergies than some breeds. Of greater concern, some Burmilla’s may be born with polycystic kidney disorder (AD-PKD), an inherited disease. Genetic testing is available to detect the presence of the AD-PKD gene, and adult cats should be screened before being bred. Because of this, it is important to choose a Burmilla from a responsible breeder. Some breeders choose to list their healthy cats on an international registry.

Behavior / temperament:
Sweet-natured, social, and affectionate are all words that are frequently used to describe the Burmilla. They adore their owners, but unlike some affectionate breeds, the Burmilla maintains an independence, and isn’t particularly demanding or clingy. They hold on to their kitten-like zest for life well into adulthood, and are fun-loving and mischievous. They get along with other animals and children – especially if they’re willing to play!


dense coat, affectionate cat, playful nature, minimal grooming, Burmillas love


little skittish

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