The Burmilla is one such breed of cats whose existence is a result of a mere accident. It is a cross breed which took place in 1981 in United Kingdom between the Chinchilla Persian and the Burmese breed, hence got its name! This medium sized cat comes in two coat lengths, semi-longhair and shorthair. The Burmilla is a highly playful and affectionate cat breed which gets along with all other animals in the house, as well as children.

Burmilla Breed Information

The Burmilla cat breed’s story of coming to life is a very interesting one. One night two cats, a Persian Chinchilla and a Burmese were waiting for their partners in different rooms. The cleaner left the room doors open by mistake and as a result, the inter-bred gave birth to four kittens. The offspring were so adorable that it was decided to produce more of these cats, naming them as Burmilla. It has a temperament which is demanding and mischievous as the Burmese while it enjoys a laid back personality at the same time as the Persian’s. The breed gained championship status in the 90’s in the UK.
This breed of cat is pretty irreverent as well as independent and adores its owners. It has many kitten-like habits which it carries into its adulthood. They have a sociable, affectionate and playful temperament and they get along very well with other animals and children. They get the following ratings on their personality.
  • Activity Level: 5/5 (highly active)
  • Intelligence Level: 3/5 (just about intelligent)
  • Curiosity:4.5/5 (insane levels of curiosity)
  • Friendliness: 4/5 (affable and affectionate)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (moderately vocal)
These cats are medium in size with elegant muscular bodies. Their heads have a gently rounded top, medium width between their ears. Their heads are pretty wide at eyebrow level. Their profile shows a soft nose break. They have large eyes place at a slight oblique setting. Their coats come in two types, shorthair and semi-long hair. Here are a few detailed characteristics.
  • Fur: The Burmilla is known to have a very soft and silky coat which is short and padded due to the undercoat. The most common coat colors are black, brown and chocolate. Of the two types of coat, shorthair and semi-longhair, the shorthair is more dominant.
  • Eyes: They have large, lustrous eyes with luminous and shades of green being the most common eye colors.
  • Body Structure: These medium sized cats are fairly muscular yet elegant. Their distinctive lining from their nose to their lips and their sparkling coat are the distinguishing features.
  • Facial Features: They have a firm chin with perfect spacing between the ears and the eyes. The tip of the nose and chin are perfectly in line.
  • Weight: They weigh about 3-6 kg.
Health and Care
Though the Burmilla is a very healthy cat breed, one of the most common diseases they face is the feline orofacial pain syndrome. It is characterized by severe oral and facial pain. There is a differential diagnosis and treatment method for this disease known as the Feline facial Pruritis. Since the Burmilla has a very smooth coat, weekly brushing of the coat is more than enough. Also weekly trimming of the nails and ear-check is required. Dental care should be taken care of regularly and a bath is rarely needed. Keeping it indoor is a good idea to protect it from unwanted allergies and infections. Being very affectionate and friendly is the Burmilla’s key aspect but just ensure to not keep a lot of glass objects near the cat, it is quite a Klutz at times.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at help@pickapaw.com