Cat Breeds 101: Burmilla!

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The Burmilla was first produced in the United Kingdom in 1981. This breed was developed by the accidental crossing of a chinchilla Persian and a foreign Burmese. However, the kittens were so attractive that these cats were then bred intentionally. [1] In the 1990s, the breed earned championship status.

The Burmilla is a medium-sized cat that is known for its muscular yet elegant body. One of its distinguishing features is its short and dense sparkling silver coat. Furthermore, this cat has distinct markings lining its eyes, lips, and nose.

This cat can be shown in a variety of colors including black, blue, champagne, chocolate, cream, lilac, platinum and red. However, they may also appear in other colors such as tortoiseshell, but these are not officially recognized. [2] Their eyes are different shades of green.

Burmillas remain kitten-like throughout their entire lives. Most of these cats are extremely independent. Nonetheless, many experienced Burmilla owners have claimed that this breed is affectionate, playful, and sociable in nature. They can also get along well with children and other pets at home. [3]

These cats are known for their exceptional personality. They are also noted for being quiet, gentle, sweet-natured, and fun-loving. In fact, some owners cannot resist this breed because of their inquisitive nature.

This breed is said to have inherited the best qualities of its ancestors. Just like the Burmese, Burmillas are playful but not overly active. They are also not as demanding or noisy as the Burmese tends to be. Moreover, they have inherited the quiet and laid back nature of the chinchilla Persian. However, Burmillas are more inquisitive and adventurous than the Persian.

Considering their affectionate nature, it should not be a surprise to know that this breed loves getting attention from their owners.

Given their level of energy and laid back nature, this breed is perfect for families as well as single individuals. This cat is low-maintenance and only requires basic grooming once a week. [3]


[1] Gloria Stephens, Legacy of the Cat (Chronicle Books, 2001).
[2] Nicolae Sfetcu, About Cats (Nicolae Sfetcu, 2014).
[3] James Richards, ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your Pet (Chronicle Books, 1999).

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