The Burmillas overall look should be somewhat like a Burmese, but with a sweeter, more open expression. Displaying a gently rounded top of head; medium broad muzzle and well-developed chin set the balance, wide at eyebrow level and jaw hinge, tapering to a short, blunt wedge. The profile shows a gentle nose break. Tip of nose and chin should be in line. Eyes can be any shade of green and are often greenish gold to yellowish in youth, with the green showing more in as they mature. Their distinguishing feature is their sparkling silver coat, and distinctive “make up” lining the nose, lips and eyes. The Burmilla comes in two coat lengths, semi longhair and shorthair, with the Longhair a true semi-longhair, with a fine silky coat, feathering to the underside, britches, plume, and bib.
Burmillas are medium-sized with muscular yet elegant bodies, tending to weigh between 6-12 pounds.
While the Burmilla is the newest breed and still quite a rare breed in the United States, the origin to this breed dates back over 30 years ago. Baroness Miranda Von Kirchberg originally purchased a Chinchilla Persian male, Jemari Sanquist, as a pet for her husband. Before being neutered this male bred a Burmese cat named Faberge. Hence where the name Burmilla comes from. Born in 1981, these kittens were so attractive, they chose to embark on a new breeding program and create this newer pedigreed cat breed.
The Burmilla coat has a sparkling silver background tipped or shaded in black, brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, caramel, cream or red, or a black, brown, blue, chocolate or lilac tortoiseshell (tortie) pattern.
While the Burmilla is the newest breed to grace the cat, the origin to this breed dates back over 30 years ago and is the combination of a Chinchilla Persian and a European Burmese cat.
The Burmilla are an independent cat that adores its owner and displays many kitten-like characteristics even into adulthood. He generally loves his people and is a pleasure to live with, thanks to his easygoing, quiet nature. A playful and inquisitive animal, the temperament of the Burmilla is quite exceptional. Combining the demanding and mischievous nature of the Burmese, mixed with the easy going and laid back personality of the Chinchilla Persian, makes the Burmilla sociable, playful, and affectionate.
Burmillas can be predisposed to developing allergies as well as to a condition called polycystic kidney disease.
Here is a helpful guide for the different characteristics of the breed. On a Scale of 1-5. 1 being very low level to 5 being high level.