Burmilla Cat Breeds
The Burmilla is a very attractive shorthaired cat of ‘foreign type’ and medium size, with the coat demonstrating a striking contrast between the Shaded or Tipped topcoat and a basecoat of either pure silver white or non-silver (also known as Standard), which is ivory or beige. Although the original Burmillas were all black shaded silver, the coat colours have diversified over the past thirty years and the shading or tipping can now be in any of the following colours – black/brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, black/brown tortie, blue tortie, chocolate tortie, or lilac tortie, giving a spectrum of 20 variations in terms of colour and coat pattern. As in the parent breeds of Chinchilla and Burmese, there are no tabby Burmillas as such, although faint ghost markings are usually seen, more noticeably so in kittens. Many breeds have nose leather that corresponds to the coat colour, but in the Burmilla it is a distinctive shade of terracotta, apart from the reds and creams where it is pink, and the tortie where it matches the main coat colour, or is pink or is a combination of the two. The large expressive eyes are truly magnificent and are a clear luminous green in colour, although amber is acceptable in reds, creams and torties.
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