The Accidental Breed
The “accidental” creation of the Burmilla is an interesting case of circumstance: Supposedly, two cats, a Chinchilla Persian and a Burmese, were housed in different rooms at the kennel where they were waiting for their respective breeding partners when a janitor forgot to close the doors to the cats’ rooms.
Feline curiosity led to one romantic evening alone … and shortly thereafter, the “Burmilla,” a combination of the two breeds, was born.
The fortuitous creation of the Burmilla took place in England in 1981.
Evidently, the litter of accidental kittens was so adorable that the breeders decided they were on to something; breeding standards were set in place within a few years and the Burmilla soon became a hit in the United Kingdom.
Less than 10 years later, the new breed obtained championship status in the U.K. and increased its popularity status worldwide.
Like its Persian and Burmese ancestors, the Burmilla is intelligent, with a sweet and gentle nature, making them great pets and companions. Although they can be both playful and affectionate, they tend to be more calm and quiet, and get along well with other pets and children.
The breed is a very interactive one, preferring to spend its time with family rather than alone. If you are looking for a cat who is independent and capable of spending longer periods of time alone, the Burmilla is not the right choice for you. This breed is a constant companion, always seeking affection and a warm lap on which to curl up.
The Burmilla breed is considered an Asian breed, thanks to its Persian and Burmese ancestors.
Medium-sized with muscular bodies, the Burmilla has a short muzzle and round head. Eye color is usually green, although some Burmillas do have blue or yellow eyes.
The Burmilla coat can be either short (like the Burmese) with a soft, silky feel; longhaired (like the Persian); or “plush,”: a shorthaired version but much a much denser coat.
Burmilla coat colors can be black, blue, brown, chocolate, lilac, red, cream or tortoiseshell, and can be in one of three patterns: tipped, shaded or smoke.
The average Burmilla weighs between eight and 10 pounds.
While these may be common medical conditions, your Burmilla cat will not necessarily develop any of those listed below. Choosing a reputable breeder from which to purchase your pet will help minimize the risks.
- Congenital keratoconjunctivitis sicca causes dry eyes, chronic conjunctivitis and corneal vascularisation.
- Feline Orofacial pain syndrome affects male cats in particular, although females are also affected. Symptoms include exaggerated licking and chewing movements, plus excessive pawing at the mouth. This happens in distinct episodes, although the cat remains alert (albeit in distress) for the duration. The disease appears to be related to some kind of oral pain or distress, and is possibly linked to teething or dental disease. A possible risk factor is stress, but it is believed that there are also hereditary factors involved.
- Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), an inherited kidney disease where cysts form in the kidneys at birth, gradually increasing in size as the cat ages. PKD eventually leads to kidney failure, however, it can be managed to help decrease the workload on the kidneys.
As with any pet, be sure to regularly consult a veterinarian for routine care and medical advice for your four-legged friend.