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The Burmilla

Posted September 17, 2013 in Cat Breeds

Background:

The Burmilla originated in the United Kingdom and was what you would call an “accidental breed,” but don't tell him that. In 1981 Burmese and Chinchilla Persian’s were being bred at the same facility. They were supposed to be kept separate from one another, but when a door between the breeding rooms was left open the cats mingled and a new breed was born.

Cat Facts:

  • Their eyes are only green, but can be any shade.
  • A Burmilla can come in a variety of coat colors: lilac, black, chocolate and blue.
  • Their coats can be either longhair or shorthair.
  • The Burmilla is a muscular, medium sized breed and can weigh anywhere between 6 and 13 lbs.
  • Burmillas are one of the rarest breeds in the United States.

What is the Burmilla like?

The Burmilla is an extremely independent cat who cherishes his owner. As a result of his origins the Burmilla gets half of his personality from the mischievous Burmese and the other half from the much laid back Chinchilla Persian. Because of this, the Burmilla is sociable, playful, and affectionate and also acts very kitten-like, even as he matures.

Takeaway Points:

  • A weekly brushing will satisfy this breed.
  • The Burmilla is very sweet natured and loves children. He’ll get along well with other animals you may have in the house.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.