Burmilla Cat

Burmilla cats
Burmilla cats
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Temperament        Intelligent, people-oriented, fun-loving, affectionate
Origin                    United Kingdom
Other Names         Asian Shaded cat
Group                    Medium-sized shorthair and longhair
Height                   8″-10″
Body Length         12″-16″
Weight                  9-15 pounds
Life Expectancy    10-16 years
Price                     $500-$2,000

About the Burmilla Cat

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With lovely personalities to match their stunning good looks, Burmilla cats offer the very best of the Burmese and Chinchilla Persian breeds.

Burmilla cats are renowned for their laid-back temperament. The breed is family-friendly, with a reputation for getting on well with children and other pets. Cats and well-behaved dogs will find a steadfast friend in the Burmilla.

These gorgeous kitties are playful but not hyperactive. They are quiet and not overly demanding, yet they thrive with plenty of attention from their families.


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  • Burmilla cats have no special nutritional needs. We recommend feeding your Burmilla cat high- quality food with plenty of protein and not too many carbohydrates. This breed can be prone to obesity, particularly in its later years.
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  • Even though Burmilla cats often have short coats, their hair is so fine that it can be prone to matting.
  • A weekly brushing can prevent any problems in shorthaired cats; those with longer hair require more frequent attention. Regular brushing cuts down on shedding and helps prevent hairballs.
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  • Burmilla cats are moderately active, and enjoy playing together or with their human companions. Later in life, these cats may become a bit lazier, so it’s up to their families to make exercise a priority.
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  • Burmilla cats are generally healthy, however they are susceptible to hereditary kidney disease and allergies.
  • Reputable breeders do their best to produce kittens without kidney disease by having potential parents screened before breeding.


The Burmilla came into being as the result of a happy accident. In 1981, baroness Miranda Von Kirchberg purchased a Chinchilla Persian male named Jemari Sanquist. Before she could have him neutered, he crossed paths with a lilac Burmese female named bambino Lilac Fabergé.

Four female kittens were born as a result of the mating. All four had short hair and were a gorgeous shaded silver color. The kittens were so beautiful that subsequent breedings were arranged and a new cat breed was developed.

The first Burmillas were born in the UK. The breed is gaining popularity but is still relatively rare, particularly in the United States.

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Did You Know?

It can take up to five generations for a Burmilla cat breeder to develop Burmilla cats that are true to the standard.

Burmilla cats do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. Consider a more independent breed if you spend most of your time away from home.

Thanks to its Burmese and Persian background, the Burmilla cat is considered to be an Asian breed.

The Breed Standard

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The Burmilla cat has rounded eyes in any shade of green. Kittens and young cats under the age of two years may display a yellow tinge in their eyes.


A Burmilla cat should have slender legs with strong bones. The hind legs should be slightly longer than the front; paws should show neat, oval shaping.


The tail should be medium to long, and should taper slightly to a rounded tip. In longhair Burmilla cats, the tail should display elegant plumage.


The Burmilla cat is medium-sized, with a softly curved shape that’s similar to that of a Burmese.


The head is gently rounded. It is widest at the eyebrow level and jaw hinge, then tapers to a blunt wedge at the muzzle. The profile should show a gentle dip and the tip of the nose should be in line with the chin.


A Burmilla cat’s ears are medium to large in size, broader at the base with rounded tips.


The coat is dense, with fine hairs that contribute a soft, silky feel. Burmilla cats may have short hair or semi-long hair.


Burmilla cats have silver ground color coats with tipped or shaded patterns. Most color varieties have pure white undercoats, although a few varieties have undercoats in ivory to neutral beige color. The eyes, nose, and lips are defined by fine black lines that really make the facial features stand out. Nose leather and paw pad color should be appropriate to the base color.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Burmilla cat cost?

Burmilla cats cost between $500-$2,000.

How big do Burmilla cats get?

Burmilla cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Burmilla cat might weigh between 9-15 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8″-10″ inches tall.

How long do Burmilla cats live?

The Average lifespan for Burmilla is 10-16 years.

Do Burmilla cats shed?

Burmilla are long-haired cats, so you do have to expect a certain amount of shedding from this breed, but they don’t shed as much as other cat breeds.