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Burmilla Cat – Cat Breeds Guide


The Burmilla Cat breed is essentially a Burmese type of cat. The Burmilla differs from the Burmese as these Asian Shaded cats come in a variety of coat colors that is not seen on the typical Burmese.

The Burmilla Cat belongs to the Asian Cat Breeds Group. This domesticated cat breed is also called the Asian Shaded Cat. Among the breeds belonging to the Asian Cat Family, the Burmilla is the first and original Asian cat variant.

There are two recognized varieties of the Burmilla Cat:
• The Burmilla Cat or Burmilla Shorthair or Asian Shaded
• The Longhaired Burmilla Cat or Asian Semi-Longhair Cat

Official Name

Burmilla is the official name of this Asian cat breed that is also classified as an Asian Shaded type. The name is derived from combining the Burmese name and the Chinchilla color and tipping.


The Burmilla Cat is the first Asian Cat type and this breed can trace its origins to the Burmese cat breed. The Burmilla is actually the first Asian Cat breed that emerged after being accidentally created in 1981. The Burmese, along with the other Asian Cat breeds is a result of a cross between a Chinchilla cat and a Lilac colored Burmese.

Quick FAQs

Size: Burmilla cats are basically Burmese-type of cats. A Burmilla cat is typically medium in size with medium length bodies that muscular, solid and heavy.

Coat Type: Burmilla Shorthair has short coats while the Longhaired Burmilla has fur that is medium in length.

Body Type: Burmilla cats are medium-sized inbuilt and have bodies that are muscular and compact.

Grooming Requirement: Burmilla 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. The Longhaired Burmilla also shares the is coat characteristic except for the length of the fur.

Vocal Tendency: Burmilla cats are known to be vocal felines; they are essentially Burmese-type cats and will display average talkativeness.

Energy Levels: Burmilla cats have very high energy levels.
Time Alone: Burmilla cats will require 4 to 8 hours of alone time every day.

Care: Burmilla cats need plenty of attention and can be a handful.

Recognized By

Governing Council of the Cat Fancy – Recognizes the Asian Shaded or Burmilla and Asian Semi-Longhairs or Tiffanies as distinct variants of the Asian Cat Breed.

Livre Officiel des Origines Félines – Recognizes the Burmilla under the Asian Cat group and classified as an Asian Shorthair.

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 Burmilla Shorthair as a distinct cat breed with its 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 the Burmilla cat as an Asian Cat Breed variant under the name Asian Shaded Fédération

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 Burmilla with Long & Shorthair varieties as a distinct breed classified under the Group 3 Breed Group.

New Zealand Cat Fancy – Recognizes Burmilla and Burmilla Longhair as distinct breeds with their own set of standards.


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 Longhaired Burmilla or Asian Semi-Longhair can trace its origins in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.


Burmilla 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 a 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.


Burmilla cats are typically medium inbuilt and very similar in appearance to their Burmese ancestors. The main difference of Burmilla from the Burmese is on the color of the cat’s fur. Burmilla cats come Asian Shaded colors that are considered restrictions on the Burmese breed.

Generally, Burmilla cats typically weigh between 4 to 7 kilograms and can come with a short or semi-long length of coats.
Body Burmilla cats are typically medium built with a muscular appearance that is not compact or rangy.

Head, Ears and Eyes
Burmilla cats are generally short wedge headed with a firm chin and short nose. Ears are medium in size with a rounded tip. Burmilla cats’ eyes may vary from yellow through different shades of green depending on the variety.

Coat and Tail
Burmilla cats have medium to long tails tapering slightly to a rounded tip. For the Burmilla Shorthairs the coat will be short in length, for the Longhaired Burmilla, the coat will be semi-long in length. Both coat variants come to all types of textures, colors and patterns.

The Burmilla cat breed group comes in all varieties of colors and patterns.


Burmilla cats are known to be very healthy and show no specific and alarming medical issues or genetic disorders to be concerned with.



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