Burmilla - Shorthaired Cats

As the name suggests, the Burmilla is the product of crossing a Burmese with a Chinchilla. It possesses the body conformation of a Burmese, but with a softer, tipped, or shaded coat. The development of the Burmilla can be said to have filled a need in the cat world: that of a tipped, solver Shorthair of Foreign type.

During 1981 in Great Britain an accidental mating between a Lilac Burmese queen and a Chinchilla stud, both owned by Baroness Miranda von Kirchberg, produced four kittens that were to become the Burmilla’s founder-members. The possibility of establishing a new, true breed was quickly realized, and with that aim the Burmilla Cat Club came into being in 1984. The Burmilla has still to achieve recognition in Britain, and is only just about to be introduced in the US, but it is seen at an increasing number of shows and has already won numerous friends and admirers.

This cat is renowned for its excellent, even tempered disposition.
The Burmilla is bred with a silver or golden ground color tipped in black, or any of the Burmese or other standard colors.

Black-tipped Burmilla
The Burmilla is rapidly becoming one of the most popular of the new shorthaired breeds.

Picture: Black-tipped Burmilla

Medium in length, lithe but muscular.

The fur is short, but longer than the Burmese, and dense and soft in texture. Fur has a rough feel at the tips.

Medium to long, it should taper to a round tip.

Medium length and slim. The forelegs are slightly shorter than the hind legs.

The paws are a neat, oval shape with black pads.

Gently rounded, with a medium width between the ears. The nose is short with a terracotta nose pad outlined in black. Trace of tabby markings are a distinct “M” decorate the forehead.

Large, set well apart, with a round lower lid and straight upper lid. All shades of green are accepted.

Medium to large, set moderately apart. They are broad at the base, have rounded tips and tilt forward slightly.

Picture: Black-tipped Burmilla

Black-tipped Burmilla
Gentle shading that contrasts against a silver undercoat, and delicate tabby markings visible on the points lend this variety a quiet air of distinction. Tail is ringed in the same color as the tipping.

Picture: Brown-tipped Burmilla

Brown-tipped Burmilla
The pads of the Brown-tipped Burmilla and the penciling around the eyes and lips correspond in color to the tipping.
- Eyes are outlined in brown.
- Slight ringing on upper legs.