Burmilla Shorthair Cat Breed

The Burmilla is easygoing, affectionate, and social. These beautiful cats are a cross between Persian chinchilla and Burmese cats. These cats are independent and can be cheeky at times, but they adore their human companions and have a kitten-like personality that many cat owners and lovers endear.

The Burmilla is an exceptional breed. Due to their ancestry, their personality is remarkable and becoming one of the sought after breeds today. These friendly, affectionate and playful cats came from a combination of Chinchilla Persian’s laidback and easy-going personality and the Burmese’s cheeky and demanding nature. Burmilla is also a quiet yet gentle cat breed which makes them perfect for children. Their fun-loving and friendly nature makes them ideal for a household with other pets. With their intelligence and curious nature, Burmilla cats is a fantastic feline companion to have around.

These remarkable cats are a medium-sized cat with robust muscular yet graceful body. Their head is sculptured in appearance with a rounded top head, medium broad muzzle, a nose profile and a well-developed chin set to balance their feature. Their eyes can be any shade of green – greenish gold to yellowish when they are kittens, green when they mature. The Burmilla cat’s general appearance is similar to a Burmese but with a more open, sweeter expression. One of their distinguishing traits is their sparkling silver coat, and the “make up” lining in their eyes, nose and lips. These marvellous cats come in two coat lengths, shorthair and semi longhair.

This cat breed is recognized for their super-soft coat and their bright green eyes. Burmilla cats require only minimal care and get along great with everyone, so they make wonderful first pets and family pets. They are quietly loving and gentle but more extroverted than the Persian cat. Moreover, they are adventurous but a bit of a clumsy cat, so mind your breakables when they are around. Burmilla cats remain kitten-like into their adulthood. They love their family, especially their human companion, but they are not highly demanding love and attention.

Burmilla cats are relatively a new breed that came into existence in the 1980s. While they are one of the newest cat breeds to grace the cat fancy, this breed's origin dates back over thirty years ago. Today, the Burmilla cats remain relatively rare. 

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Breed Information

25-30 cm
2.7-5.5 kg
Life Span:
13 to 16 years
Laidback, Playful, Intelligent, Affectionate, Independent, Easy-going, Sociable
Various, Shaded or Tipped topcoat with a basecoat of either pure silver-white or non-silver (known as Standard), which is beige or ivory
Energy Level:
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
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  • Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
  • Shedding: Low 2/10
  • Hypoallergenic: Intensive 10/10
  • Activity Level: Medium 6/10
  • Playfulness: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to children: High 10/10
  • Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
  • Vocality: Low 2/10
  • Intelligence: High 10/10
  • Independence: High 10/10


While the Burmilla is the newest cat breed to grace the cat fancy, the origin of this cat breed dates back over thirty years ago. Baroness Miranda Von Kirchberg initially purchased a Chinchilla Persian male cat named Jemari Sanquist as a pet for her husband. Just before having the cat neutered, he unintentionally met up with a bright Lilac Burmese female cat named Bambino Lilac Faberg. When a cleaner accidentally left Faberg's door open, she was able to escape and mated with Sanquist. This lead to producing the very first litter of Burmilla cats.

The outcome of this mating produced four female kittens, all shorthaired and black shaded silver in colour. These fluffy and adorable kittens were born on September 11, 1981. They were so beautiful that it was decided to start a breeding program. Burmilla cats are still relatively a rare cat breed. 

Burmilla Shorthair Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws


Burmilla Shorthair Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws

Burmilla cats have a sophisticated appearance, soft pelt, and an agile, medium-sized body that feels hefty and strong. These gorgeous cats' unique features are their glittery, smooth coats and the black rimming around their eyes and noses. The darkened, eyeliner-like look gives them the look of being all made up for a stylish night out. These stunning cats also have bright green eyes that can sometimes darken as they age.

These beautiful cats are a standout because of their coats. It has a silver-white background colour that is shaded or tipped with a contrasting colour. Burmilla cats with a tipped pattern, the coloured tips are about 1/8 of their entire hair length and is evenly distributed. This gives their coat a sparkling appearance. While the Burmilla cats with tipped coats usually look lighter than Burmilla cats with shaded coats. In the shaded pattern, about 1/3 of their hair shaft is shaded, so the shaded cats look darker. Colours in both shaded and tipped patterns include black, brown, chocolate, lilac, red, blue, cream, and tortoiseshell.

Their silky coat can be shorthaired or longhaired. Longhair Burmilla may have ear tufts and a fully plumed tail.

These beautiful cats’ coats shed very little and need only weekly brushing. Because of their minimal shedding and the minimal dander they produce, some consider the Burmilla cat a hypoallergenic breed. 


Burmilla cats are cheeky and independent cats that love their human companion and display many kitten-like natures even into their adulthood. The personality of the Burmilla is pretty extraordinary. The Burmese cat's demanding and playful nature, combined with the calm and laid back personality of the Chinchilla Persian, makes Burmilla cats friendly, playful, and loving. Fun-loving, yet quiet and calm, this affectionate cat gets along excellent with children and other animals.

These fun-loving cats love human interaction and enjoy the quality time spent with them. Due to their intelligence, Burmilla cats craves for acknowledgement and connection. Don’t worry, these cats won’t make noise endlessly just to get your attention, but remember, they do need lots and lots of love.

An ideal environment for a Burmilla is where they could engage in lots of interaction and play, and some one-on-one time. Good thing this cat breed go well with almost anyone, whether it is another cat, dogs, children and even guests. They can still be friendly and affectionate towards them.

While very affectionate cats and sometimes demanding, Burmilla cats do enjoy some independence on their own. Surprisingly, these cats don’t need to be constantly entertained by their human companion or other playmates. Be sure to give them some space to do their own thing. Don’t give your Burmilla too much space, though as these cats can become bored and uneasy when they go too long without human companionship. Due to their intelligence, inquisitive and affectionate nature, Burmilla is a cat breed that is irresistible and fascinating to be with.

Overall, these wonderful cats are good-natured and sweet feline companion. They will snuggle in your lap when they want to rest and will maintain their kitten-like playfulness well into adulthood. To make your Burmilla happy and content, a quiet, predictable home and constant human interaction and companionship is your go to.

Burmilla Shorthair Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws


Burmilla Shorthair Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws

Like most cat breeds, this cat breed has regular bursts of energy and has long sleeping hours. So, to keep them active, encourage them by using interactive and puzzle toys, cat trees and one-on-one play. They love human interaction, affection and attention. So, take advantage of that when training your Burmilla.

Burmilla cats are intelligent and curious by nature. That’s why it is easy to train this cat breed. You can start by introducing them to scratching posts and litter boxes, as these are an easy task to do. As you start them early, introduce them to other tricks and commands. Gently socialized them to other people, pets and surroundings so they will feel more and more comfortable and safe.

As they grow and mature, continue to challenge their smart minds with more interactive toys and teach them games, tricks, and follow commands. Because of their intelligence, they can quickly figure how to open cupboards, cabinets and doors. So, at this stage, you can teach them to obey commands to reprimand them from opening these. Don’t forget to reward them for following your tricks and obeying your commands with small treat or kibbles. Lastly, give them one-on-one quality time as they are more attentive when they know you have so much love and attention to give.

Just remember, a Burmilla cat, like many other cat breeds, when correctly socialized and trained during their kittenhood, will thrive on being a well-rounded and well-mannered feline companion. 

Coat & Care

Grooming your Burmilla should be moderately easy, whether their hair is short or long. Both coat lengths are disposed to matting, but weekly brushing or combing should be enough to lessen any serious mats and tangles. You can use a stainless-steel comb to eliminate dead hairs.

While Burmilla cats are usually indoor cats, they can be trained to walk on a leash or harness to discover and explore the outdoors. Just make sure that you supervise each time they go out to avoid any mishaps and other unfavourable incidences that may happen when your cat is outdoors. During hot months, make sure that your Burmilla is inside where it is cool as they are very sensitive to heat.

Start training your Burmilla kittens early by using a very soft brush to get used to regular brushing or combing. By using this soft brush, it won’t pull their fine young kitten hair or hurt their delicate skin. After every grooming session, give them a small reward to encourage them to behave while they are being brushed or combed. If your day-to-day, regular coat care is not triggering any problems, upgrade your tools to a more suitable fit for their coat needs.

Weekly check their ears for dirt, wax and other buildups. Wipe it using a clean cotton ball or soft, moist cloth and a vet-approved ear cleanser. If you notice a foul odour coming out of their ears, immediately contact your vet for treatment and care.

Weekly brushing is enough to keep your Burmilla’s teeth healthy and away from any tooth and gum diseases. Keep your nails clean by trimming them twice a month or when needed. For a clean and healthy set of eyes, wipe its corners with a clean, soft, moist cloth to eliminate any discharge. Just make sure to use a separate part of the clean cloth for each eye to avoid any infection risk.

Make sure to frequently check their litter boxes if they are tidy, as Burmilla cats are very particular about their bathroom hygiene. If it is left dirty, they tend to use other places in the house for their business. Clumps of dirty litter might get to their coats that may cause matting or tangling. 

Burmilla Shorthair Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws


Burmilla Shorthair Cat Breed Information | The Pedigree Paws

Burmilla cats are generally a healthy cat breed. They are not known to be susceptible to any genomic or hereditary health conditions. However, it is recommended to schedule regular visits to your cat’s veterinarian. 

Children & Other Pets

Burmilla cats are an excellent choice for new cat owners because they are very friendly and people-oriented. That’s why many families are beginning to select this cat breed as one of their top choices for their household with children and other pets. They love to entertain, and they can entertain themselves as well. However, always supervise younger kids to avoid mishaps or any skin scratching episode when they rough up the cat.

Burmilla can live harmoniously with other cats and cat-friendly dogs in the same household. Because of their sociable nature, you can expect them to adjust quickly and be a part of the pack. But as always, it is still recommended to introduce pets slowly and in controlled environments to make sure that they learn to get along well together, especially when the older pets are not used to having a new cat in the house.

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