Burmilla:Cat Breed Profile


The Burmilla is a gentle, caring, affectionate, and sometimes an outgoing cat. It is not uncommon to see It jumping around or running once a day. It needs to exercise and It environment must offer It this possibility.

Its character oscillates between calm and vitality. It is ideal for family life, adoring children, and does not hesitate to play with them. It loves to be stroked daily, it should not be neglected or left behind.

It tends to meow more than other cats. What’s more, Its diet should be watched as It tends to gain weight easily.

History of the breed

The Burmilla is a fairly recent breed, resulting from an accidental cross in Great Britain between a Persian chinchilla and a lilac Burmese. The owner of these 2 cats, Baroness Miranda Von Kirchberg, then came across a litter of 4 kittens. Subsequently, she decides to develop this breed of cats, giving it the name of the contraction between Burmese and Chinchilla.

The breed standard was recognized in 1984 before it was adopted by the International Feline Federation in 1994. Today, the breed is still being discovered in Great Britain. It is very little known in France and the United States.

Physical features

  • Its body: The Burmilla is not a cat that goes beyond the standards. It’s of medium build, quite robust, and rarely exceeds 6 kgs in adulthood. It has a strong musculature and is often heavier than It looks.
  • Its coat: The Burmilla has a short coat, soft but quite thick. It is a cat considered to be oriental with short hair.
  • Its color: The breed standard only accepts so-called tipped dresses. That is to say a plain dress with a color present only on the end of the hairs. Thus, all colors are allowed except white.
  • Its head: The Burmilla has a round head.
  • Its eyes: They are large and rounded, very expressive. They have a black outline.
  • Its ears: Broad at their base and very rounded at their highest end.
  • Its tail: The Burmilla’s tail is at high reach. It is considered medium to long, thick at its base. Its tip is curved

Behavior With Others

The Burmilla is less rowdy than the Burmese. However, it is a cat who loves to play and especially to exercise, run, and climb. Thus, a cat tree is highly recommended. In addition, It’s docile, gentle, and very affectionate, whether with Its owner, Its adoptive family, and children.

With a fairly enthusiastic temperament, it loves to be stroked daily. The only drawback is the fairly pronounced meows.

Living Conditions

The Burmilla must have a play area. Whether outdoors or indoors, in an apartment. it must be able to spend enough energy not to suffer from overweight which It’s subject to in case of overeating added to too low energy expenditure.

Health & Maintenance

A fairly recent breed, no hereditary disease has yet been noted in Burmilla. With a rather solid consistency, it is not however immune to developing certain pathologies related to its diet or its advanced age.

As with all cats, it is recommended to have them vaccinated against the most common diseases: rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.

Hypoallergenic Breed: No

The life expectancy of a Burmilla is between 13 and 20 years

It’s a short-haired cat. It therefore does not need a daily brushing session. One per week is sufficient unless it tends to lose too much hair.

In addition to Its weekly or daily brushing, as desired, attention should be paid to Its ears and eyes. Regular washing should be done to avoid infection. Approach a veterinarian to learn the right actions and thus avoid hurting Its protection.

The Burmilla appreciates human food. Thus, based meals meat, of fish, of vegetables are recommended. Be careful not to make it ingest too much fat, especially if it does not tend to exert Itself enough.

This is a breed predisposed to becoming obese. The diet should be balanced and complete. Do not forget a bowl of water always available.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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