The Burmilla originated in the United Kingdom in 1981 through an accidental breeding of a Chinchilla Persian, and a Burmese. The results, four kittens born in 1981, were so adorable that a new breed was begun. Standards were produced in 1984 and the breed gained championship status in the United Kingdom in the 1990s.
The Burmilla comes in a variety of colours: black, blue, champagne, chocolate, cream, lilac, platinum and red. They can also be tortoiseshell, with colours including black, blue, brown, chocolate and lilac. They are medium-sized with muscular bodies, round faces, short muzzles and tend to weigh between 3.5 and 4.5kgs.
The Burmilla is an irreverent, somewhat snobbish and independent cat who adores its owner. They are sociable, playful, and affectionate, and get along well with children and other animals.
The Burmilla is a shorthaired cat of foreign type and medium-size showing a striking contrast between a coloured Shading/Tipping and a pure silver base.
The body has a good bone structure covered with firm muscles yet creates an impression of elegance; females are a little smaller than males but feel heavier than they look. A rounded chest and a straight back add to the overall harmony. The strong slender legs end in neat oval paws; as in most breeds, the back legs are slightly longer than the front legs. The medium to long tail, moderately thick at the base tapers to a rounded tip.
The head has a slightly rounded top with moderate width between the ears and wide cheekbones tapering to a short blunt wedge. The straight short nose, in line with a firm deep chin, shows a gentle break. The pencilling around the lips accentuates the unmissable Burmilla grin.
The ears, medium to large with a rounded tip, are broad at the base and set slightly apart and show a slight tilt forward. Their outer line continues that of the face – though mature males usually develop full cheeks.
The eyes are the most striking feature of the Burmilla. Large and expressive, they are set well apart on a slightly oblique angle. The upper lid forms a broken line angled towards the nose while the lower lid is fuller and rounder – both being outlined with the basic colour, thus giving a somewhat innocent expression. Any shade of Green is accepted but it must be clear and luminous; an outer yellow rim is allowed in young kittens. Because the Orange gene introduces some yellow in the eye colour, amber is accepted in Reds, Creams and Torties.
The coat is short and dense, silky in texture and smooth lying with enough undercoat to give it a slight lift. The ground colour is pure Silver white. The Shading/Tipping, in all recognised solid and tortie colours must be evenly and uniformly distributed on the mantle. Remnants of Tabby markings show as delicate ‘ghost’ tracings on the forehead of all Burmillas and may still appear on legs and tail of the Shaded variety. Whatever it’s colour, a Tipped Burmilla looks much lighter overall than a Shaded Burmilla.
The nose leather is Terracotta in all Burmillas other than Red and Cream where it is pink and Tortie where it is in the relevant colour, pink or a mixture of both.
Paw Pads and Soles
The paw pads and soles are of the colour corresponding to the coat colour