Saturday 24 May 2014

Burmilla (notes on the breed)

The Burmilla  was created by crossing the Chinchilla Persian and the foreign Burmese.  Apparently, it is not recognised in North America (this may have changed).  Various international cat registries use the name for the shaded Asians. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) consider the breed as part of the Asian cat family.
Angelina. This type of tabby M mark is typical of the Burmilla. I don't
have the photographer's name - sorry. Please come forward.

The Burmilla has the medium-foreign body type of the Burmese and the colour of the chinchilla silver Persian.  The cat comes in either the shaded or chinchilla pattern, in 4 colours: black, blue, chocolate and lilac.

The Burmilla is a shorthaired cat with a short, dense coat that feels like “raw silk at the tips".  There are markings around the lips, the green eyes, and the brick-red nose.  There is a distinct tabby “M" mark on the forehead.  Although this mark does take various forms in tabby cats.

There are also delicate tabby markings on the head, legs and tail.

The breed was first seen in England in 1981 as a result of an accidental breeding of a chinchilla Persian with a Burmese.

The accidental mating resulted in 4 black-shaded female kittens.  They were extremely attractive which prompted a breeder to create the Burmilla as a breed by arranging further matings.

This cat is friendly and outgoing but less noisy and less demanding than the Burmese.  Cats of this breed are said to be laid-back like it's chinchilla silver Persian ancestor.

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