The Burmilla can thank both
its foundation breeds, the Burmese and the Chinchilla Persian,
for its bewitching beauty and its fantastic character. An elegant
cat of stunning immediate appeal, Burmillas have all the intelligence
and character of the Burmese. They are extremely affectionate
and faithful to their humans and enjoy all sorts of inter-action
both with people (especially children) and other animals. They
are mischievous and playful as kittens and retain a lot of these
kitten traits right through their adult life.
This breed is quite recent in origin and started in the UK
back in the early 1980's with an accidental mating between a
Chincilla persian and a lilac Burmese. The resulting kittens
were quite simply so lovely that a breeding programme was set
up to continue the work.
That first accidental mating produced only black shaded silver
kittens - what we now call Burmillas. Subsequent line breeding
produced different kittens - the other members of what we now
know as the Asian Group, of which the Burmilla could be said
to be the "senior member". While the group is recognised
as a whole by GCCF, in other registering bodies such as FIFe
only the Burmilla has achieved recognition.
Burmillas should be of foreign type and of medium size. The
coat should show a contrast between the ends of the hairs (Shading
or Tipping) in any of the 10 Burmese colour ways and the pure
silver base. This base coat should be of short and dense with
a downy texture, giving just a slight lift to the silky top
coat. Although a clear coat with only minimal tabby markings
is desirable, most Burmillas have the typical tabby “M” on the
forehead and sometimes barring on the legs and tail. Any shade
of green is acceptable for the eye colour, but a clear “gooseberry”
colour is the most sought after.