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Asian Cat Family – Cat Breeds Guide

Asian Cat Family – Asian Cat Breeds – Cat Breeds Guide


The Asian Cat Group consists of cats that are basically Burmese in type but come with a variety of coat colors that is not seen on the typical Burmese cat beed.

There are five different varieties included in the Asian Cat Group:
• Asian Shaded – commonly called the Burmilla. This is the first and original Asian cat variant.
• Asian Smoke – Asian cats that are non-agouti and appears to be cats with contrasts.
• Asian Tabbies – these are Asian cats that have the Classic, Mackerel and Spotted tabby patterns.
• Asian Self and Tortie – Asian cats that are basically Bombay or Mandalay cats with solid black coats.
• Asian Semi-Longhair – these are Asian cats with longhair and also called as longhaired Burmillas.

Official Name

The Asian Cat Breed Group consists of different cats recognized in various names around the world:
• Burmilla – is the official name of Asian cats that are classified as Asian Shaded. The name is derived from by combining the Burmese name and the Chinchilla color and tipping.
• Asian Smoke – the name is derived from this Asian cat’s coat trait displaying a dense blackness of the top coat that is noticeably offset by the pure white undercoat, giving the cat its smokey coat appearance.
• Asian Tabby – depicts that tabby patterns that may come in ticked, spotted, mackerel or classic tabbies that Asian cats inherited from the Burmese and Chinchilla.
• Asian Self & Tortie – includes the breeds known to some feline registries Bombay and New Zealand Mandalay cats that come with solid black coats.
• Tiffanie or Asian Longhair – these are Asians cats with semi-longhair coats. This is Asian cat variety is different from the US bred Tiffany cat breed, which is a distinct domestic cat breed. In Australia, the Tiffanie variant is known as the Burmilla Longhair.


All varieties included in the Asian Cat Group can trace their origins to the Burmese cat breed that is believed to have first appeared in Thailand, which was then called the Kingdom of Siam. All Asian Cats under this group was accidentally created in 1981 when a Chinchilla cat and a Lilac colored Burmese we bred together.
• The Burmilla or Burmilla Shorthair or Asian Shaded can trace its origins in the United Kingdom where this Asian breed was first developed in 1981.
• Asian Smoke was originally named the Bur Moire and was first developed in Britain in 1981.
• Asian Tabby cats have been appearing within the Asian cat group during the initial development of this Burmese-type cat breed.
• Asian Self & Tortie (includes the Bombay and the Mandalay cat breeds) are among the first Asian cats that was bred and developed in the United Kingdom.
– Bombay cats that are considered as an American Bombay line originates in the State of Kentucky in the year 1958. The British Bombay lines were accidentally created when Burmese cats were unintentionally mated with non-pedigree cats during the 1960’s.
– Mandalay is an Asian variant that was developed in New Zealand in 1980.
• Tiffanie or Asian Longhair originates in the United Kingdom during the 1980’s. These cats were developed to be the longhaired version of the Asian Shorthair.

Quick FAQs
Size: Asian cats basically Burmese-type of cats. All Asian cat breeds are medium-sized cats with medium length bodies and are muscular, solid and heavy cats.
Coat Type: Coat type varies from each Asian cat variety to another. Asian cats come in a variety of coat type from short to semi-longhair.
Body Type: All Asian variants are medium-sized in built and have bodies that are muscular and compact.
Grooming Requirement: Asian cats are typically short-haired with fine and satin-like to the touch with a glossy appearance. This type of coat is very easy to maintain and will only require grooming once every few weeks.
Vocal Tendency: Asian cats are known to be vocal felines; they are essentially Burmese-type cats and will display average talkativeness.
Energy Levels: Asian cats have very high energy levels.
Time Alone: Asian cats will require 4 to 8 hours of alone time every day.
Care: Asian cats need plenty of attention and can be a handful.

Recognized By:
Governing Council of the Cat Fancy – Recognizes the Asian Breed Group under the Foreign Breeds category. GCCF considers the Asian Shorthairs, Asian Selfs, Asian Torties, Asian Smokes, Asian Tabbies, Asian Shaded or Burmilla and Asian Semi-Longhairs or Tiffanies as distinct variants of the Asian Cat Breed.
The South African Cat Council – Fully recognizes Asian cats under the official name of Asian Shorthair with breed code ASN. SACC recognizes it as a distinct and separate breed with its own set of standards.
Livre Officiel des Origines Félines – Recognizes the Asian Shorthair and Asian Longhair, Burmilla and English Burmese under one group. The three cat breeds share the same set of standards except for the Asian Longhair which differs only on the coat length and texture. LOOF officially recognizes Asian cats as either Asian Shorthairs which includes the Burmilla and English Burmese cats under the name Asian Shorthairs breed code ASS. LOOF also recognizes the Asian Longhair with breed code ASL.
The International Cat Association – TICA recognizes the Asian Shorthair and Asian Longhair under the Registration Only Status group. TICA also recognizes the Burmilla Breed Group that consists of the Burmilla and Burmilla Longhair cat breeds and classifies the group under the Advance New Breeds category.
World Cat Federation – Fully recognizes the Asian Self under the name Asian, the Burmilla Shorthair and Bombay as distinct cat breeds each with their own set of standards under the Shorthair Breeds Group. WCF also recognizes the Burmilla Longhair and Tiffanie as distinct breeds, both with their own set of standards and classified under the Semi-Longhair Breeds Group.
Coordinating Cat Council of Australia – Recognizes Asian cat variants Asian Shaded only as coat varieties.
Fédération Internationale Féline – Recognizes the Asian cat variant Asian Shaded as a distinct cat breed under the official name Burmilla with breed code BML and classified under Category III.
Australian Cat Federation Inc. – Recognizes the Bombay and Burmilla with Long & Shorthair varieties as distinct breeds classified under the Group 3 Breed Group.
New Zealand Cat Fancy – Recognizes the Bombay, Burmilla, Burmilla Longhair and Mandalay as distinct breeds with their own set of standards.

All the variants of the Asian Cat can trace their roots to the Burmese cat breed as the Asian Cat Breed Group is composed of Burmese-type cats.
• The Burmilla or Burmilla Shorthair or Asian Shaded is a domesticated cat breed that was created by accident in Great Britain in the year 1981. This Asian variant was first produced by an accidental crossing of a Chinchilla Persian cat with a Lilac Burmese. The progenies of the two cats’ accidental mating eventually became the foundation stock of the new Asian breed.
• The Asian Smoke, Asian Tabby, Asian Self and Asian Torties are part of the Asian cat breeds that can trace its ancestry and early history to the cats that was first bred in Great Britain in 1981. These cats were bred and developed by Baroness Miranda von Kirchberg, the recognized creator of the Asian Cat Group.
– The Bombay cats which are considered American Bombay lines can trace their history in the State of Kentucky in the year 1958, which was developed by Ms. Nikki Horner. Bombay cats that are considered as European Bombay cats can trace their origins in France, where this Bombay type was first bred in 1989.
– The Asian variety that is officially called the Mandalay cat in New Zealand where this Asian breed was first developed in 1980.
• The Tiffanie or Asian Longhair can trace its origins in the United Kingdom in the 1980’s.


All Asian cats are typically Burmese-type in appearance as well as in temperament. Like their Burmese ancestors, Asian cats are very affectionate and known world-wide to be people-oriented. These cats genuinely enjoy the company of family and friends. This cat breed group requires reasonable amount of interaction, attention and “quality time” with their human owners. They are cats not suited to be alone for long periods of time and will often gravitate towards people and human activities.

These cats will be vocal but sweeter sounding and softer in volume. Asian cats will form strong bonds with their humans and not known to be aggressive to people in general.

Asian cats are typically medium in built and very similar in appearance to their Burmese ancestors. The main difference of all the Asian cat varieties from the Burmese is that Asians comes in all types of coat colors and patterns that is considered restrictions on the Burmese breed.

There are various standards set by several international feline registries for each Asian cat variety, but generally, Asian cats typically weigh between 4 to 7 kilograms, normally shorthaired (only one Asian variety has longhaired coats the Tiffanie or Asian Longhair).
Asian cats are typically medium built with a muscular appearance that is not compact or rangy.
Head, Ears and Eyes
Asian cats are generally short wedge headed with a firm chin and short nose. Ears are medium in size with rounded tip. Asian cats’ eyes may vary from yellow through different shades of green depending on the variety.
Coat and Tail
Asian cats have medium to long tails tapering slightly to a rounded tip. For all Asian Shorthairs the coat will be short in length will come in all types of textures, colors and patterns.
The Asian cat breed group comes in all varieties of colors and patterns.
Asian cats are known to be very healthy and show no specific and alarming medical issues or genetic disorders to be concerned with.