Originating from the United Kingdom, the Burmilla cat is actually the result of an accidental breeding in the early 1980s between the Burmese and Chinchilla Persian cats. The accidental breeding resulted in adorable kittens who inspired cat devotees to develop them as a new recognized breed of their own.
Medium-sized cats who are muscular and elegant, the Burmilla tends to weigh between 8 and 12 pounds, with the males being larger than the females. The most striking feature of these beautiful cats is their silver coat and the coloration around their face that lines their eyes, nose, and their lips.
Like many breeds, the Burmilla can be shorthaired and also semi-long haired just like the Persian cats from which they originate. Their coat is silky to the touch and can come in a variety of colors, including black, brown, cream, tortoiseshell, and even shaded colors. To keep their coats free from tangles, it is often recommended that owners brush their Burmilla cats at least once a week.
An interesting fact about the Burmilla and the color of their coats is that their noses and paw pads will vary in color based upon the color of their coats. Chocolate colored cats, for example, will have paw pads and noses that are a pinkish brown color, whereas brown-colored Burmillas will have dark brown paw pads and noses.
Their ears are relatively large with rounded tips and sit atop a head that is round in shape. The snout of the Burmilla tends to favor the Burmese more than the Persian, with it being a bit more prominent than the snouts seen on Persian cats.
Owners of these beautiful fluffy cats say that they are independent cats who are devoted to their human companions and tend to display a lot of affection. They are incredibly playful, even well into adulthood, which makes them a superb addition to a family with children and other small animals.