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Burmilla Breed Profile
Burmilla

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The Burmilla breed was accepted at the February 2011 CFA Board meeting as an officially recognized breed, and is currently being shown in the miscellaneous class.
   
 
Burmilla
The Burmilla is a man made breed originating in the UK approximately 25 years ago. Baroness Miranda Von Kirchberg had bought a Chinchilla male, Jemari Sanquist, as a pet for her husband. Shortly before being neutered he accidentally met up with a precocious Lilac Burmese female, Bambino Lilac Faberge, thus producing the very first litter of Burmilla. These kittens were so attractive to the breeder that it was decided to embark upon a breeding program. The aim of the Burmilla program was to produce a shorthair cat of Burmese type, with the sparkling silver coat, the lambent green eyes and the "make-up" (eye and nose liner) of the Chinchilla.
 
The temperament of the Burmilla is quite exceptional, the demanding and mischievous nature of the Burmese mixed with the easy going and laid back personality of the Chinchilla, gives the Burmilla its own unique personality. Impish and mischievous, but quiet and gentle, a sweet natured cat, people oriented and loving. A little lazy, not the curtain climbing athlete like the Burmese, quite content to lounge on the couch after a bit of pipe cleaner wrangling. Dribbling ping pong balls and retrieving pom poms are favorite activities, which can suddenly come to a stop, and your mad clown can come to rest in your arms with a deep throated purr and a contented grin, not to mention an angelic look into your eyes, which is so much in character. In all, an intelligent inquisitive nature and a most affectionate seductive personality are some irresistible qualities of the bewitching Burmilla.  
   
The Burmilla is a small to medium sized cat, the females often weigh in at around 6 ½ to 7 ½ pounds, the males are often larger, up to 11 pounds. The type or overall look should be somewhat like a Burmese, but with a sweeter, more open look as the eye shape does not have the infamous Burmese "frown". The eyes can be any shade of green and are often gold to yellowish in youth, with the green coming in as they mature. The Burmilla is a slightly softer cat than the Burmese, not quite as heavy or muscular, with the coat being thicker and softer than the "brick in a silk glove" feel of the Burmese. Like all cats they do shed coat, it's just more noticeable in the Burmilla as the hair is white. As the breed progresses breeders are trying to develop a coat that has less undercoat to cut down on shedding. Many Burmilla owners like to wash their cats; the cat is quite co-operative if started when young. One of the special features of the Burmilla are the lambent green eyes, the shape and set is seductive, giving them "bedroom" eyes, the matching eye and nose liner (makeup) setting the eyes off to perfection.
     
Burmilla

The Burmilla Long Hair is a true semi-long hair, a fine silky coat, feathering to the underparts, britches, plume and bib. These cats should not require intensive grooming, should not look like a pet quality Chinchilla i.e. big full coat, short legs and cobby body, extreme short face and little ears, they should be a Burmilla in fancy dress.  
   
Pricing on Burmillas usually depends on type, applicable markings and bloodlines. Usually breeders make kittens available between twelve and sixteen weeks of age. After twelve weeks, kittens have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment, showing, or being transported by air. Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching (CFA disapproves of declawing or tendonectomy surgery) are essential elements for maintaining a healthy, long and joyful life.    

For more information, please send inquiries to CFA at cfa@cfa.org.

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
   
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