The short-haired burmilla is famous for its calm character, not every cat can so easily  gets along as this with dogs and cats of other breeds, there is no hostility, it prefers to play with objects.  The rich coat of the breed requires constant care. Let’s talk about this cat.

Burmilla cat photo

History and description

Burmilla short-haired – this is a very specific name for the breed of short-haired cats, first appeared in foggy Albion in the early 80’s of the previous century.  Like many things in our life, the breed appeared quite by chance, from the crossing of the Persian chinchilla with the Burmese.

burmilla cat history

Charming kittens appeared from such an expected “marriage” with a silver color as though they were colored . Soon other types of coloring began to appear, but only because people undertook the improvement of the breed, intensively cultivating the characteristics of Burmese.  The breed was also officially recognized in 1989 by GCCF, and in 1994 and in FIFe.

Burmilla short-haired – the cat is not very big, its weight is usually from 4 to 7 kilograms, the body is very muscular, the legs are not long, with rounded tips.  Slightly sharp, medium-sized ears are set broadly, the eyes are almond-shaped, but can be round, color varies from fused gold to emerald.  Wool, although is short, but very thick and beautiful.  Color depends on the variety: tiger (black or blue speckled), solid color (Bombay, cream, tortie black, British black), smoky (chocolate or black), and shaded (purple and brown).

Types of Burmilla colors

Burmilla kittens - Burmilla cats

The color of the Burmilla breed cat determines its varieties – they are all four : shaded (brown and lilac), smoky (black and chocolate), solid color (black tortoise, cream, black British, Bombay), tiger (mottled black and mottled blue)  . Unusual for this breed is silver burmilla color throughout the body – the color of Burmez cat

The main color is always silvery white.  Color is evenly distributed throughout the body and combined with a light, but quite noticeable contrast of darker marks.  On the muzzle, limbs and tail silver predominates, a pure white color on the throat, chest and abdomen.  Back and sides are shimmered in silver tikking. Possible silver, chocolate, lilac, red or cream ticking.

Parameters, size, weight of Burmilla

Signs of cats of this breed are: strong and muscular physique, a balanced trunk, a broad chest of rounded shape and perfectly developed, the neck is rather short.  Usually burmilla’s weight is 4 – 7 kg

The character of Burmilla

The character of Burmilla

The miniature burmilla is distinguished by its calm, quiet character, not every cat as Burmilla gets along with cats and dogs of other breeds, does not have a hostile inclination, likes to play more with objects.

It is believed that the nature of the burmilla has absorbed all the best features: kindness, attentiveness, tenderness and affection,  he loves to be with his host, sit on his knees, as a rule Burmilla, a kitty that is not fastidious, self-confident, cheerful and active enough.

It is believed that from the Persian cat she inherited a calm peaceful nature, and wisdom and intelligence from Burmese .  The only thing what Burmilla cannot tolerate is loneliness, which is often like death for her.  Burmilla likes to “talk” very much, so you need to communicate with her as often as it is possible.

Care of Burmilla

Care for a cat breed Burmilla is simple and it is quite possible to say the minimum.

Wool must be regularly combed (once a week for example).  For the care of a cat, it is recommended to use natural hair bristles for combing wool or special combs for cats.

Care for the ears and eyes is also simple: it consists in wiping with a soft towel, soaked in warm water Washing these cats is recommended as  it is needed.

Burmilla Health

burmilla cats health

It is quite possible to say that the Burmilla cat has excellent health, it lives for a long time.  Cats of this breed are prone to polycystic kidney disease: the kidneys form cysts, and this often leads to kidney failure.

WCF standard Burmilla


Compact enough.  Chest is wide, rounded.  Shoulders and hips are of the same width.  Croup is located above the shoulders.  The backbone is very strong.  Musculature is powerful.


Medium size.  Round.  The muzzle is wide, ending in a narrow, blunt triangle.  Cheeks are full, round;  In males they are saggy.  Muzzle wide, well developed, short.  The nose, when it is viewed from the side, has a slight bend at the base.  The chin is well developed.  Above the superciliary arches, hair is rare.


Rear is slightly longer than front.  The bones are strong.  Musculature is powerful.  Paws are of medium size, round, oval


The average size.  Wide at the base, rounded at the end, widely spaced, straight and slightly forward.  Covered with short hair, inside – rarer.


The coat is short (slightly longer than Burmese), thin, shiny, silky, with a light undercoat sufficient to make the wool look slightly raised.


The main color of the undercoat is silver or golden, and the ends of the hair are brown (sable), blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream.  A pronounced typing. The back, mask and tail are darker than the stomach.


Weak chin, almond-shaped eyes, inadmissible eye color.  Short trunk or eastern, elongated.  Too long limbs.  Needlessly long or protruding hair.  Tabby marks on the limbs.


Semi-long or long, medium thickness, tapering to a rounded tip.


Large, widely set, slightly slanted.  They are crescent shaped, surrounded by a dark rim.  All shades of green are allowed, but the preference is given to bright green.  Kittens and young animals up to 2 years of age are allowed to have a yellowish hue.  Animals of red, cream and tortoiseshells are allowed to have an amber eye color.


Short, well-developed.

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