Burmilla is a breed of domestic cat that originate from United Kingdom in 1981. the breed is a cross between Chinchilla Persian and Burmese. Standard ones were produced in 1984, and the breed gained championship status in the United Kingdom in the 1990s.
Accoding to history, Burmilla has a rather noble and recent history. They first came to notice in the early 1980s, when a Chinchilla Persian and a Burmese, owned by a Baroness in the United Kingdom, accidentally mated! Oopss.
The result was astonishing. A litter of kittens was very remarkable to see with their darkly shaded, thick and short coats. Their coats were so striking that the Baroness, who already bred Persians, decided to develop a breeding program for this type of cross. They gained championship status in the United Kingdom in the 1990s, but it wasn’t until 2011 that the Cat Fanciers Association recognized them.
You should know that Burmilla have two primary appearances. The coat is usually short, silky, soft, and dense, but some Burmilla are born with long silky hair. In addition to their coats, their faces are also distinctive because their eyes, nose, and lips are outlined in a dark and smoky color that contrasts beautifully with the eyes.
Burmilla’s grooming requirements are low, as there is little shedding, though you should brush your furry friend weekly to prevent matting, which is common in this breed. Brushing will move the oils through your cat’s coat and prevent the hairs from sticking together.
- Weight: 4 to 7 kg
- Coat length: Short, soft and dense
- Color: Any
- Pattern: Any with outlined dark color to the eyes, nose and lips
One thing for sure is that Burmilla is less energetic than Burmese, but more energetic than Chinchilla. The breed are ideal pets for families that have the time to interact with these cats and also give them some downtime when they need it.
These cats are highly intelligent, figuring things out, such as how to get a door open, as well as learning tricks. And they also enjoy playing with toys and people, making them great companions in households with children, though they will walk away when they get tired of playing.
This breed enjoys getting plenty of attention from human and other pets (if you have). They also thrives on being a part of the family. In fact, these cats can be pretty demanding and will even follow their human companions throughout the house as they cry for attention. You should know, they are not whining but happy being with you all day. They like being spoken to, and will often answer as well. But when they are content, they are quiet and gentle pets. Be sure to treat them kindly
Some owners stated that their cats display many kitten-like characteristics, even into adulthood. Hence they are forever kitty cat even though their size are getting big each day.
- Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
- Active: Medium
- Intelligence: Medium
- Vocalize: Low
The Burmilla is not known for having lots of inheritable conditions. Of course, this will, in large part, be down to the fact that they are a new cat type with a rigorous breeding program. It should also be noted that Burmilla can be prone to allergies and kidney disease. Getting a kitten from a pair of cats who were checked for kidney problems prior to mating will reduce the chances that your Burmilla will have problems in the long run.
It is still, of course, important that you seek out a reputable breeder that only mates healthy cats that have undergone appropriate health checks.
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