Burmillas come from England and their name is linked to their origin, as a cross between a Burmese and a Persian Chinchilla. The first Burmilla was the result of accidental cross-breeding in 1981 between a lilac English Burmese and a silver Persian Chinchilla. The breed was then manipulated in order to develop a new breed of cat, which would cross the phenotype of the Burmese and the character of the Persian Chinchilla. The Burmilla is a member of the Asian group of cats, and has a good reputation for being easy to look after and maintain.


Key facts about the Burmilla

  • Life expectancy : Between 12 and 15 years
  • Temperament : Affectionate
  • Type of coat : Short
  • Price : Between £500 and £650

Physical characteristics of the Burmilla

Adult size

Female cat Between 8 and 12 in
Male cat Between 9 and 14 in

Reaches adult size around the age of 1.


Female cat Between 9 and 11 lb
Male cat Between 9 and 13 lb

Coat colour

Silver / golden shades / black / blue / chocolate / cameo (red with silver tips) / lilac / tortoiseshell.

All colours are possible except for white. Their coat is always tipped. Their undercoat is silver and their hair is tipped with a chocolate brown colour, which varies depending on their age (brighter in kittens and darker in adults).

Coat patterns

Traditional and sepia

Type of coat


Eye colour

Gold/yellow, green


Burmillas are generally heavier than you’d expect, thanks to their muscular bodies and bone structures. Their chests are broad and powerful, and they have medium-sized, triangular  heads. They have broad cheekbones, and a nose break, which forms a vertical line with their pronounced lower jaw. Their ears are medium-sized, angled forward and are slightly rounded at the tips. Their eyes are big and bright, and their tail tapers and ends with a rounded tip.



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This cat knows how to be affectionate with humans. Burmillas are famous for their ability to get cuddles!


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They like the company of children and will happily play with them.


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Burmillas are less boisterous than Burmese cats, but they do need to expend energy.


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As they like to be the center of attention, these cats are curious and reactive to what is happening around them.

Fearful / wary of strangers

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In general Burmillas are very sociable cats.


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These cats love attention.

Behaviour of the Burmilla


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These cats have a reputation for being very chatty, as they want to make sure they’re the centre of attention!

Need for exercise / Sporty

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These cats are quite active. Their indoor and outdoor environment must offer them the necessary space to play, run and climb.

Tendency to run away

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Burmillas are very attached to their owners.

Greedy / Gluttony

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Burmillas tend to be overweight so you have to be wary of their natural greediness!


Burmilla and cats

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In general, Burmillas prefer the company of cats from other breeds rather than their own, but they are perfectly capable of getting along with other Burmillas if the introductions are done in the right way.

Burmilla and dogs

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Their calm nature makes them the ideal companion for other animals.

Burmilla and children

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As they need to expend their energy, the presence of children (who know how to play respectfully with animals) will often bring Bumillas joy.

Burmilla and the elderly

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The energy levels of these cats makes them more suitable for families with an active lifestyle rather than an elderly person.


Their price ranges from £500 to £650. Price varies depending on their gender, lineage (parental pedigree) and their conformity to the breed standard.
It costs on average £25 to £30/ month to provide for its needs, to provide it with a good quality diet and keep it in good health.


Fur maintenance is easy as their short hair does not require daily brushing. It is necessary, however, to keep and eye on the condition of their eyes and ears.


Aside from their hair moulting with seasonal changes, Burmillas don’t lose their hair, meaning no special attention needs to be paid to their grooming.

Nutrition of the Burmilla

Burmillas are known for their predisposition for obesity. It is therefore key to ensure a balanced diet while keeping energy expenditure levels reasonably high.

Health of the Burmilla

Life expectancy

Life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.

Strong / robust

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Due to their light undercoats, Burmillas prefer warm weather to cold weather.

Tendency to put on weight

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High activity levels must be maintained to avoid the cat becoming overweight.

Common illnesses

Although they are generally healthy cats, Burmillas can still develop the same illnesses as all other cats. They can be prone to periodontal diseases (gingivitis and tartar) and therefore dental care is highly recommended.
Also, Burmillas are prone to polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which is an inherited disorder from the Persian side. It is therefore advisable to have genetically tested the cats during breeding.


The breed was recognised in Europe around 1990 by the International Feline Federation and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. In the United States, the breed was provisionally recognised in the 2000s. Cross breeding is permitted with the English Burmese, Asian and Persian breeds.

Good to know

There is a type of Burmilla with mid-length hair, called the "Longhaired Burmilla" by the US Federations, TICA and CFA, and "Tiffany tipped" by the European Federations.

Origins and history

In 1981, the accidental mating of "Fabergé", a female lilac Burmese, with "Sanquist", a silver Persian chinchilla, who both belonged to Baroness Miranda Von Kirchberg, gave birth to the first 4 Burmilla kittens. The Baroness then decided to have a litter by mating another of her Burmese cats with Sanquist. These first kittens are at the origin of many lineages of this new breed. Cross-breeds have been specifically made to get particular physical characteristics such as short hair, as well as improving the quality of the tipping on their fur!


Good names for a Burmilla cat: Darcy, Iz, Ova, Vasil

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