Was this really an accident? Apparently so!
It came about when Sandquist, a male Silver Chinchilla Persian, and Fabergé, a female Lilac Burmese, had a one-night stand just before the latter had a scheduled blind date with one of her own kind. Fabergé produced a litter but they didn’t look quite like her. That’s when the tryst became public news and Burmillas eventually became recognized as a new breed. The incident (oops! accident) occurred in England, in 1981. In 1984 the Burmilla Cat Club was formed and by 1990 the breed had achieved preliminary Championship Status.
The Burmilla has striking green eyes outlined in black and the ear tip is slightly rounded. Its dense, double, silver-toned coat is either short or medium-long. The fur is either tipped or shaded in an extensive range of hues, such as, black, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, caramel, apricot or cream as well as tortie variations of some of these.
These fabulous felines are affectionate, devoted, playful and, just so you keep your fragile valuables well protected from mishap, slightly clumsy! They love to climb and survey their surroundings. Generally they get along well with children and other pets. To sum up…sweet, friendly, loyal and adventurous.
Burmillas tend to shed a lot and should be brushed and combed frequently, especially the medium-haired variety.
Otherwise considered a pretty healthy breed with a longevity of 10-15 years, these cats are prone to polycystic kidney disease. This is a medical condition where cysts form in the kidneys which can eventually lead to renal failure. So, it is advisable to make sure they always drink sufficient water.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!