Burmilla Shorthair Cats & Kittens for Sale

The Burmilla Shorthair is the result of an unplanned mating between a Chinchilla Persian and a Burmese. They are a relatively new breed, originating in the UK in the 1980s and are still an uncommon sight in Britain and worldwide.

Breeders were impressed with how beautiful the first Burmilla Shorthair was, with their soft coat, silver-tipping and striking eyes. What’s more, they discovered they inherited the best qualities of the Persian and Burmese cats, so they naturally decided to develop the breed.

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Meet the Burmilla Shorthair

Burmilla Shorthairs are medium-sized cats that reach a weight of 6 to 13 pounds and grow to be 10 to 12 inches tall. They have muscular bodies, a sturdy structure and slender legs. Shorthairs have a short double-layer coat that feels soft and silky to the touch. Their fur can come in various colours, but the silver-tipped shading is the most common by far. Other possible colours and patterns include black, blue, brown, cream, lilac, red, or tortoiseshell.

They have regular-sized ears with a slight forward tilt, but their most distinctive facial feature is undoubtedly their eyes. Burmilla Shorthairs have amazing black rimming around their eyes (and also their nose), which makes these glamorous felines look like they are wearing thick eyeliner. In addition, most Burmillas have striking green eyes, which, combined with the black rimming, make them stand out from afar.

As Burmillas are a cross between a long hair and a short hair breed, some will have semi-long coats, known as Burmilla Longhairs. However, as the shorthair gene is most dominant, most Burmillas have silky, short hair. This fur rarely sheds, and most Burmilla Shorthairs keep their coats in top condition themselves, but you can help by brushing them once a week.

The temperament of a Burmilla Shorthair

Burmilla Shorthairs are loyal and loving and display a friendly and social nature without being needy. The mix of the Burmese’s demanding nature and the Persian’s placid temperament results in a very laid back and easy-going Burmilla Shorthair. They have the perfect balance of affection and independence; they are devoted to their owners, yet they enjoy some alone time too.

Burmillas are super playful and are natural adventurers. They love to explore the house, but they can be a bit clumsy, so you may want to keep any breakable items of value out of the way! They maintain their playful nature well into adulthood and thrive with an owner who schedules short play sessions twice a day. However, thanks to their independent personality, they will happily play on their own with their toys, too.

When they are not running around and chasing toy mice, your Burmilla Shorthair will be showing you affection. They sincerely appreciate spending quality time with their owners and will curl up on your lap when they are sleepy. Compared to most other breeds, they can be pretty vocal (a trait from their Burmese parent), but they will not meow endlessly.

10 reasons to add a Burmilla Shorthair to your family

  1. They are easy-going - Though they crave human interaction, a Burmilla will not demand your time all day long. As long as they get to play and cuddle regularly, they will happily do their own thing for the rest of the day.
  2. They are adventurers - If a cat that lazes around all day is not your cup of tea, you’ll surely enjoy watching a Burmilla seek out daily adventures. They also love to climb and will challenge themselves to reach great heights and fit into small spaces.
  3. They are (relatively) hypoallergenic - Burmilla Shorthairs hardly shed and produce minimal dander. Thus, they are known to be a hypoallergenic breed and are suitable for those with minor allergies.
  4. They get along with everyone - Burmilla Shorthairs are not just friendly with their owners. They have no problem being around other cats, dogs, or small children, too.
  5. They require little to no grooming - When it comes to taking care of their coat, Burmillas are excellent at grooming themselves. So, if anything, you can brush them now and again.
  6. They have stunning eyes - Burmilla cats have one of the prettiest faces with incredibly striking eyes, thanks to the combination of the green shade and black eyeliner effect.
  7. Their eyes change every day, too - Another awesome thing about a Burmilla is that their eye colour can take up to 2 years to develop fully. As your Burmilla grows, you’ll notice subtle differences in the shade and hue every day.
  8. They have glittery coats - Silver-tipped Burmilla Shorthairs are so popular because of the sparkling appearance this colouring gives.
  9. They are smart - Burmilla cats will alter how they interact with you based on your feelings. They can pick up on changes in their owner’s emotions and changes to their environment and will adjust accordingly.
  10. They are rare - Although this breed started in the UK, there are still not many of them around and finding a Burmilla kitten can be quite a challenge.

Best homes for a Burmilla Shorthair

A Burmilla Shorthair’s dream home is a peaceful, predictable environment with regular attention and playtime. They like a home where there isn’t continuous activity going on, so they can have some quiet, alone time when they feel like it. Thus, they make ideal companions for people who live on their own or elderly couples.

Burmillas will peacefully coexist with other cats and calm dogs, though they don’t particularly need a furry friend. They are gentle and tolerant towards young children too but may get annoyed if they pick them up. Therefore, if you have children, encourage them to pet and play with the kitty instead of carrying it around.

Frequently Asked Questions About Burmilla Shorthair Kittens

Why should I choose a Burmilla Shorthair from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
Despite strict breeding laws being in place, unethical breeding facilities and pet farms sadly do exist. However, at The Pedigree Paws, kitten health and wellbeing is always our number one priority. This is reflected in the extensive procedures we have in place to ensure our partners are the top breeders in the country. We do not work with breeding facilities but private breeders who raise their Burmilla kittens in their homes. Thanks to being strict about the breeders we partner with, we have become a trustworthy matchmaking agency for kitten lovers in Britain and Europe.
Is a Burmilla Shorthair the right kitten for me?
Burmilla Shorthairs are laid-back, easy to care for and super affectionate. They are very playful and thrive with an owner who interacts with them regularly. However, they are also relatively independent, so your Burmilla will be ok if you work away from home during the day. If a Burmilla cat could pick their dream home, they would choose a quiet, predictable environment with a peaceful vibe. Even so, what’s most important for a Burmilla is to have an owner who shows them attention when they feel sociable and lets them rest on their own when they need some quiet time.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
At The Pedigree Paws, our intention is to facilitate an enjoyable experience for all cat lovers looking for a kitten. We are fully transparent in everything we do and will guide you through the process, explaining every step of the way. You don’t have to worry about supporting illegal pet farms when you buy a kitten through us, either. We have carefully selected the most passionate and ethical breeders in the industry, and we’re confident that our kittens receive excellent care. Our fabulous testimonials reflect this. You can read about our previous customers’ experiences on our reviews page.
Are Burmilla Shorthair kittens from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
As kitten health and wellbeing is our prime concern, we would never sell any kittens on our platform that are not 100% healthy. Furthermore, our breeders obey stern health protocols. For example, they must take each kitten for a health checkup with a licensed vet and get a clean health sheet before selling them. Another procedure that we require our breeders to follow is to arrange DNA tests for both parents of their Burmilla Shorthair kittens to prove their heritage. This also checks that the parents do not carry any genetic diseases and thus, ensures you and us that your new kittens will be healthy. Furthermore, the breeder will deworm, microchip, and vaccinate your Burmilla Shorthair beforehand, giving you one less thing to do.
When can I receive my Burmilla Shorthair kitten?
Every kitten must stay with the mother cat until they are at least eight weeks old. However, the duration will be longer in many cases as most kittens are not ready to leave their mother until 10-13 weeks. We also encourage our breeders to keep them together for as long as possible to ensure sufficient development and wellbeing. You can ask the breeder for an exact date that your Burmilla Shorthair kitten will be ready.
Can I see the parents of a Burmilla Shorthair kitten before purchase?
Yes, of course. Before you make any payment, we can arrange for you to do a video call with the breeder. This way, you will virtually see one or both parents of your Burmilla Shorthair kittens and can see for yourself that the cats are healthy. Seeing healthy, happy parent cats will put your mind at ease and assure you that your Burmilla Shorthair has no genetic diseases.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Burmilla Shorthair?
Yes, when you buy a kitten through The Pedigree Paws platform, you will receive them along with internationally recognised pedigree documents. These will be from one of the top breeding organisations, such as GCCF, TICA and FIFe, which are all valid globally.
Do your Burmilla Shorthair kittens come from good breeders?
Our Burmilla Shorthair kittens come from the very best Burmilla breeders in Britain and Europe. We do thorough checks to ensure all our breeders are registered, licenced, experienced and highly passionate about what they do. Most importantly, though, we make sure they all treat their Burmilla Shorthair kittens like family pets. Moreover, aside from meeting our specific requirements, our breeders follow the regulations enforced by the leading international breeding organisations. Therefore, you can feel confident that your new Burmilla Shorthair kitten has had the best start to its life.
Are your Burmilla Shorthair kittens raised in a family home or a breeding facility?
We are proud to say that we do not work with any commercial breeding facility and only partner with private breeders. Breeding facilities and pet farms are money-focused businesses that do not operate with the kittens’ best interests at heart. The kittens there are raised in very unethical ways, negatively affecting their health, development and wellbeing. By choosing to only partner with breeders who raise kittens in a family home, we know they receive the best care. In a home environment, the kittens spend 100% of their time with their mother and siblings, getting the development they need. This helps them grow into healthy, happy, and well-socialised Burmilla Shorthair cats.
How can I help my Burmilla settle into my home?
Burmilla kittens are pretty adaptable and adore human attention, so they generally enjoy meeting new people. However, leaving their mother and siblings is a big change for any kitten. Therefore, we always recommend new kitten owners do a few things to help ease the transition. Before the breeder sends your kitten, ask them to include a blanket or towel that the mother cat has used in their carrier. This is because it will contain feline pheromones to keep your Burmilla kitten relaxed during the journey. You can then avoid creating stress and overwhelm when they arrive by keeping them in one room initially. Plus, be sure to stay with them as much as possible during the first 24 hours.