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Burmilla - Cats of the World

Updated on January 20, 2015
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

Little Burmilla cat
Little Burmilla cat

The Affectionate and Accidental Burmilla Cat

The Burmilla is an accidental breed, and I mean accidental in the literal sense

Many cats these days are bred on purpose, to please humans who like a particular colour, or shape, or length of tail. Not so the little Burmilla.

This story began just over thirty years ago, when Fate arranged a friendly encounter between Jemari Sanquist and Bambino Lilac Faberge and the rest, as they say, is history.

Handsome Burmilla cat
Handsome Burmilla cat

So what's a Burmilla Cat?

Easy - Chinchilla and Burmese

The Burmilla is a cross between the Chinchilla Persian and Burmese. He's.a small to medium sized cat, looking somewhat like a Burmese at first glance, but not quite as heavy or muscular, with much silkier fur, and without that Burmese frown.

Burmillas have wonderful eyes, gold to yellowish when they're a frisky young kitten and a deep, lustrous green when they're older. Burmillas also wear eyeliner to heighten their good looks.

I've thought of this too but it would really be a waste of time (and eyeliner) on a black cat. Besides, with my looks, I don't need to wear makeup.

The Story of Sanquist and Faberge - It was Fate!

The Strange Start to Burmillas

One evening somewhere in England, a fine Chinchilla named Sanquist was resting in his comfortable home shortly before he was due to be neutered. Elsewhere in the house, in her own quarters, was a lovely young lilac Burmese.

Now this young Burmese, whose name was Faberge, was probably engaged in maidenly dreams of her fair knight, for a partner of her own lineage and breed had been long planned for this royal cat, the time was ripe and the contract was to be honoured the very next day.

Fate stepped in to meddle with the oft-laid plans of cats and men.

On that very night as the two cats, unaware of each other, napped peacefully, a human cleaner left the door to Faberge's room open. Poor Lass! She wandered off through hallways and staircases, lost and calling for her valiant prince. Sanquist heard the call.

The rest is history.

A Burmilla is a playful and affectionate cat - Smart, too

Affectionate Burmillas
Affectionate Burmillas

The Burmilla is an affectionate cat

The Burmilla has an intelligent inquisitive nature and a most affectionate personality. In temperament they are sociable, playful, and affectionate, and get along well with other animals

Marcie of Miamber

Marcie of Miamber
Marcie of Miamber

A look at the Burmilla

From The Ideal Companion: A DVD Guide to Cat Breeds

A visual guidebook not just for prospective cat owners, but for cat lovers in general

Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds

Do you get confused by all the different varieties of domestic cats? It's curious how we can be so different from each other when we're all just cats.

From the Preface : - Nothing is more natural than loving our feline friends for their grace, beauty, independent personalities, and myriad other attractive qualities.

A tribute to the purebred and random-bred members of my species, Felis catus

No matter what breed, all cats have a common ancestor - I'm proud of my ancestor!

African Wild Cat
All the domestic cats you know today have a common ancestor - and that ancestor still runs free across the savannah which is a lot more than you can say for the human ancestor...

How about you?

Do you know anything about Burmilla cats?

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      The Burmilla is a very pretty cat, something I would never say about you Vladi!

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      7 years ago

      The Burmilla is a beautiful cat. All cats are precious, especially the endearing domestic cat!

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      7 years ago

      I had never heard of these cats. Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      Sounds like a lovely breed! (I love kitties, but don't pay much attention to breeds, except for torties.)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Never heard of Burmilla cats before. Is this breed fragile and prone to various health problems? I remember reading somewhere that some cat breeds have very fragile health.

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      7 years ago

      this a very nice site some beautifu pictures and info i like the way you put the The Basic Facts keep up the work ill be back to read more

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      7 years ago

      I never heard of this breed. A beautiful feline, indeed. Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      saw them around the neighborhood

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      9 years ago

      Hi there,

      just noticed you had some info about my Burmillas and Dobermanns on this site, just thought i would let you know that all our Burmillas and Persians are socialised with the Dobermanns and everyone gets along famously...the dogs are very respectful of the cats and extreemly gentle and all our puppies leave here trained to being kitten and cat friendly...its all about imprinting properly.

      We believe we have the best of both worlds cats that behave like dogs and dogs that respect cats! And its so much easier to live when everyone just gets along...its great fun!!!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks to you dear Vladi I am learning so much about cats that I have never learned before and I am wondering if my own dear departed Simba was a Burmilla!


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