Burmilla, another breed under the magnifying glass

Burmilla

Burmilla, another breed under the magnifying glass called the witch of hearts. It is a newly formed breed of cat. But it enjoys immense popularity.

The events that led to the establishment of the breed took place in Great Britain. In the summer of 1981, Miranda Bigford-Smith – Russia’s famous Blue Cat breeder – gave her husband a Persian Chinchilla cat (named Jemari Sanquist).

I will continue to tell you the story of Burmilla, another breed under the magnifying glass.

Background

Soon, the Jemari cat mated with a lilac Burmese female. Such a cross was not at all desirable. On September 11 of the same year, the chicks were born. They all wore short, thick, silver-colored fur shaded with black and were simply impressively beautiful.

Not only the striking appearance, but also the charming character of these cats motivated their owner, Miranda, to mate, in the summer of the following year, the same Persian cat Chinchilla with another Burmese cat, but this one has blue fur. The result was the birth of a single specimen – a male, named Jacynth of Kartus.

This cat together with one of the four females resulting from the first mating became the founders of the breed that would later receive the name of Burmilla. Inheriting the physical and characteristic appearance of the Burmese – short and thick fur, but silver – these particularly beautiful kittens aroused Miranda’s desire to establish a new breed. In her vision, she would surely become the “star” of feline shows. So she started an experimental program for raising and selecting these cats. He did this under the guidance and help of the most famous Burmese breeders, geneticists and advisers in the Governing Council of the Fancy Cat.

At the same time, a proper name had to found, which characterizes the race. The two young men who cared for the cats suggested Burm (eza) – Chinch) illa. This name immediately enjoyed the agreement of all.

The Burmilla Club founded on January 21, 1984. It aims to attract breeders eager to popularize and increase the number of specimens. They also promote the breed in the British Cat Association. Contributes to the creation of a club magazine – The BCC Mews. In 1997, when Miranda died, her wish had almost come true. Burmilla was about to participate for the first time in a feline exhibition about 16 years after the birth of the first specimens.

The international recognition of Burmilla as a distinct breed belonging to the group of short-fur cats has guaranteed by the FIFe General Assembly. On May 28, 1994, he met in Prague. The acceptance to receive the title of the national and international champion granted to him starting with January 1, 1995.

General appearance

Burmilla is a foreign type cat (classified in the group of Asian cats – specimens of the Burmese type). It has a medium waist, short and thick fur, impressive by the strong contrast between the shadows or the color of the tips of the hair and the undercoat of pure silver.Burmilla’s body has a strong bone structure and well-developed muscles. His movements are of perfect elegance.

Burmilla

Females are slightly smaller than males but have a higher body weight than it seems at first glance. The rounded chest and straight back give a harmonious note to the whole physical appearance of Burmilla. In most specimens, the hind limbs – slightly longer than the forelegs – are perfectly straight. The oval-shaped paws are firm. The tail, medium to long, appropriately bushy, ends with a rounded tip. The cup of the head is slightly rounded. The distance between the ears is moderate.

The cheekbones are wide, ending in a short, obtuse edge. Viewed in profile, the short, straight nose, aligned with the firmly defined chin, should have a moderate stop. The face has an innocent and sweet, seductive expression. The dark contour of the lips accentuates the slightly smiling facial expression specific to Burmilla. The ears, medium to large, have rounded tips.

Slightly inclined forward, they are wide at the base and placed at a moderate distance from each other. The outer lines of the ears continue the contour of the face, a feature not found in most adult males. Their cheeks are strongly developed. Burmilla’s eyes are very beautiful, large, expressive, slightly oblique and distant. They can have any shade of green, the only condition being that the shade is clear, clear and bright. Given the presence of the Orange (O) gene – which influences eye color to shades of yellow – in red, cream and tortilla Burmilla specimens, amber eye color allowed.

The fur is short and thick, with a silky texture, not very close to the body, because it has a rich undercoat. The base color is silvery white. Along with the shaded varieties, those with fur in a single color are also recognized, but also tortie (tricolor). In the latter case, the colors must be evenly distributed throughout the cat’s body. The color of the skin of the nose is similar to that of the terracotta, except for the reddish and cream specimens (which have the skin of the nose pink) and tortie (the color of the nose must be in harmony with that of the fur).

 

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Character

The “mix” between the insistent, agitated, noisy and destructive style of the Burmese and the calm, relaxed and lazy of the Persians resulted in the utterly exceptional character of the Burmillelo Curious and fearless at an early age, these cats, after reaching maturity, prove to be extremely intelligent and affectionate. Doors and drawers never cause a Burmilla problem.

Anything found around the house – from socks, envelopes, pens or gloves, to sweets, fruits, keys or jewellery – immediately becomes an object of study and then a favorite toy. But running toys or walking papers will stop abruptly at some point. The feline toy will jump into the arms of the owner, where he knows he will find the ideal place to rest. Her noisy torso, as a sign of gratitude, and her innocent, warm and affectionate eyes can melt even the most frozen hearts. With excellent facial expressions,

Burmilla can play any kind of “role”: a beautiful sleeping woman hidden in a dark corner, a dog hunting its tail, a snake sneaking on the floor, a monkey perched on curtains, a whirlwind on under the sheets, a ballerina dancing on the edge of the closet bear, a detective looking for the offender … and the list goes on. Above all, however, what delights me most are the curious and loving nature and the seductive character. These qualities make the little witch of hearts- Burmilla irresistible.

Burmilla

Care

In general, Burmilla requires only minimal care, as do all other short-furred cats. However, it is advisable to regularly remove dead hair from the fur. It is also good to frequently clean the impurities around the cat’s eyes as well as the ears.

Another operation, which must performed at regular intervals, is to cut the tips of the cat’s claws. Silver Burmilla cats are usually more active, which is why their fur needs more careful care. This ensures the removal of dust and dirt accumulated during their “adventures”.

All you need is a simple daily brushing. Burmilla usually loves these special moments dedicated to fur maintenance and often “begs” the owner to pay more attention to it.

Burmilla

Tiffanie-Burmilla with long fur

As mentioned earlier, Burmilla cats resulted from the crossing of Burmese with Chinchilla Persians. They inherited from the latter the recessive gene responsible for long fur. For this reason, Burmilla females can sometimes give birth to long-haired kittens. These specimens, initially considered unwanted, named Tiffanie by the British. However, they should not confuse with the representatives of the Chantily / Tiffany breed (Originally from North America, with a semi-long chocolate coat).

Tiffanie

Their ancestors are not Burmese, but local domestic cats. Given that it enjoyed great popularity in Australia, where it was first recognized (in 1999), this Burmilla variety called Australian Tiffanie. This sets her apart from her North American smile.Tiffanie is a medium-sized cat – weighs between 3.5 and 6.5 kg – whose semi-long fur is fine, silky, longer around the neck, forming a rich collar, and the tail is bushy and fringed. Like the Burmese, whose offspring she is, Tiffanie possesses all the qualities of an excellent pet. It is a very affectionate and full of energy cat.

Color varieties

Black Burmilla shaded or tipped (only the tips of the hair colored)

The fur of this cat is silvery-white, the tips of the hair or the shadows fine black. The skin of the nose is bright red, the pillows are black and the eyes are green.

Burmilla blue shaded or tipped

The fur is white-silver, the tips of the hair or the shadows being grey-blue. The skin of the nose is a bright red. The pillows are grey-blue and the eyes are green.

Shaded or tipped brown Burmilla

This color variety has silvery-white fur, hair tips or shadows feel dark brown. The skin of the nose is a bright red. The pillows are dark brown and the eyes are green.

Burmilla chocolate shaded or tipped

The fur is silvery-white, the tips of the hair or the shadows being the color of milk chocolate. The skin of the nose is a bright red. The chocolate pillows are pink and the eyes are green.

Burmilla lilac your shadows or tipped

The fur of this cat is silvery white. The tips of the hair or the shadows are lilacs (light grey with shades of pink). The skin of the nose is a bright red. The pillows are lavender with pink reflections. The tufts between the fingers are grey with shades of pink and the color of the eyes is green.

Shaded or tipped red Burmilla

The fur of this cat is silvery white. The tips of the hair or the shadows are reddish. The skin of the nose and the pillows are pink. The tufts between the fingers red and the eyes are green.

Burmilla cream shaded or tipped

The fur is silvery white. The tips of the hair or the shadows are light creams. The skin of the nose and the pillows are pink. The tufts between the fingers are cream. The eyes are green or amber.

Burmilla tortoiseshell reddish shaded or tipped

The fur of this cat is pure white. The tips of the hair or the shadows have black and reddish spots. The skin of the nose and the pillows are black, or black with pink spots. The tufts between the fingers are black and/or reddish. The eyes see or amber.

Burmilla tortoiseshell blue shaded or tipped

The fur is pure white. The tips of the hair or shadows show blue-grey and cream spots. The skin of the nose and the pillows are grey-blue, pink or grey-blue with pink spots. The tufts between the fingers are grey-blue and/or cream. The eyes are green or amber.

Burmilla tortoiseshell brown shaded or tipped

The fur of this cat is pure white. The tips of the hair or the shadows have dark brown, reddish or light reddish spots. The skin of the nose and the pillows are dark brown, pink or dark brown with pink spots. The tufts between the fingers are brown and/or reddish. The eyes are green or amber.

Burmilla tortoiseshell chocolate shaded or tipped

The fur is pure white. The tips of the hair or the shadows have chocolate and light red spots. The skin of the nose and the pillows are chocolates, pink or chocolates with pink spots. The tufts between the fingers are chocolate and/or red. The eyes are green or it’s amber.

Burmilla tortoiseshell lilac shaded or tipped

The fur is pure white. The tips of the hair or umbrellas show purple (light grey with pink reflections) and cream spots. The skin of the nose and the pillows are lavender-pink, pink or lilac with pink spots. The tufts between the fingers are grey with pink spots. The eyes are green or amber.

For all varieties, the tipped specimens have a slightly lighter fur than the shaded ones.

Burmilla

Standard (FIFe)

Burmilla is an elegant medium-sized cat with a strange appearance.

Head

The top of the head is slightly rounded, with a moderate distance between the ears. The head is wide at the level of the arches and the jaw joint, ending with a short, obtuse edge.

Nose

Viewed from the profile, the stop is moderate. The tip of the nose and chin should aligned. Deviation of the nose is not desirable. Chin this must be firm and quite large

Ears

Theears are of medium to large size, wide at the base, with rounded tips. The profile edges are slightly inclined forward. Seen from the front, the outer lines of the ears continue the contour of the face. This feature may not be valid for mature males. Their cheeks are very well-developed.

Eyes

The eyes are large, located at a great distance from each other, slightly oblique. The upper curved line makes an angle near the nose with the lower line, very well curved. They must be bright and expressive, outlined in the base color. They can have any shade of green, but clear, clear green is preferable. The yellow tint accepted for young specimens under 2 years of age. At the reddish, cream and tortilla varieties, the amber color of the eyes allowed.

The body

Is medium to large. The chest, with rounded shapes, has a moderate width. The back is straight.

Limbs

The limbs are straight and have strong bones. The posterior ones are slightly longer than the anterior ones.

The paws

are firm, oval.

TailIt

is of medium to large length, moderately bushy at the base, thinning towards the slightly rounded tip.

Fur

The fur is short and thick, straight, with a silky, soft texture. It is not very close to the body due to the rich undercoat. The base color is silvery white. The fur shaded or sheltered to the recognized orange and non-orange color varieties.

Conclusion

Although it is a relatively new breed of cat, it is very popular. Burmilla is a foreign type cat (classified in the group of Asian cats – specimens of the Burmese type). It has a medium waist, short and thick fur, impressive by the strong contrast between the shadows or the color of the tips of the hair and the undercoat of pure silver.

Burmilla

But the most important thing is its special character. Curious and fearless at an early age, these cats, after reaching maturity, prove to be extremely intelligent and affectionate.

There is also the long-haired version, called Tiffanie. Given that it enjoyed great popularity in Australia, where it was first recognized (in 1999), this Burmilla variety called Australian Tiffanie. This sets her apart from her North American smile.Tiffanie is a medium-sized cat – weighs between 3.5 and 6.5 kg – whose semi-long fur is fine, silky, longer around the neck, forming a rich collar, and the tail is bushy and fringed.

If you liked my post do not hesitate to leave me a comment. Tell me if you knew this race. Or maybe you even have a cat of this breed. I would be happy for you to share your experience with me. Thank you.

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10 Replies to “Burmilla, another breed under the magnifying glass”

  1. Wow what a beautiful breed in the Burmilla! Interesting to find that this breed is known as the witch of hearts and that it’s a newly bred species. This cat’s appearance is really beautiful, and that they are both intelligent and affectionate is really outstanding. I have some cat lover friends who will enjoy this post as much as I have, so I will pass it along, thanks!

    1. Thank you for your comment. They really have an exceptional character and are beautiful. And they are also easy to take care of. I’m glad you liked my post and you want to send it to your friends, cat lovers.

  2. The Burmilla Cat appears to be wonderful.  I really like the short hair, affectionate and intelligent characteristics of this cat.  also, they seem to be very cute!  I have a long hair cat with the extra thumb, called Main coon cat.  She is also extremely smart as she brings back paper balls when I throw it for her.  I think she assumes she is a dog.  Great article!

  3. Very interesting having the privilege to expand my knowledge regarding this cat breed in specific. One may think that this breed came out to the world much earlier than when it did and it surprises me to know that it hasn’t been that long. Personally, I have owned several cats throughout my life but never a Burmilla. Although, I have seen several similar looking cats but never this exact breed. I do have a neighbor whose a cat breeder and I can’t wait to ask him if he’s had thw opportunity of owning or breeding one. 

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad to know you’re a cat lover. This Burmilla breed, although newer, has become very popular with cat lovers. This is due to both its beauty and its exceptional character.

  4. I grew up in the countryside and have loved animals since I was a child. Cats are my favorite. These cats are extremely good-natured, which makes them an ideal pet. The most striking features of cat Burmilla are their dark-rimmed eyes and the way their nasal pads – which are lovely terracotta red, not pink – are also trimmed, so those cats look like they just came out of a beauty salon.
    Their beautiful eyes are something between a round and almond shape, and a beautiful green color, that’s what I like most about them. They are really fascinating.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you liked the Burmilla cats. They, besides being beautiful, have an exceptional character. That is why they have become very popular among cat lovers.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I am glad that you appreciate my site, but even more I am glad that you have cats and you are a great lover. In my opinion, cats are a wonderful company.

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