As you can guess, the Longhaired Burmilla is a long haired version of the Burmilla cat. Both breeds came about as the result of an accidental mating between a Chinchilla male named Jemari Sanquist and a Lilac Burmese female named Bambino Lilac Faberge. These cats were owned by Miranda Bickford-Smith of Astahazy Cattery.
The chance mating occurred in 1981 when the cleaner accidentally left Faberge’s door open while she was on heat and she escaped and mated with Sanquist. The resulting litter produced four female kittens, all short haired like their mother, but with the black shaded silver colouring of their father.
A quick lesson in genetics. The gene responsible for long hair in cats is recessive to short hair, that means the cat needs two copies of the gene to have long hair. One from the father, one from the mother. This mating between Burmese and Chinchilla could only have produced short haired kittens, however, those kittens could have inherited the longhaired gene from their father, meaning if they mated with another cat who also carried the longhaired gene, they could produce longhaired kittens. These long haired kittens sometimes produced in the Burmilla breeding programme were desexed and sold as pets until the 1990’s when it was decided to establish them as a breed in their own right.
Appearance of the Longhair Burmilla:
The Longhair Burmilla is a medium sized cat. The luxurious coat is semi-long with a snow white undercoat and silver ticking. It is fine and silky in texture.
The stunning green eyes are highlighted with black eyeliner, the ears are relatively small, the nose ending in a brick red tip, outlined with pencilling.
They come in the following colours;
Blue shaded and tipped, Brown shaded and tipped, Black shaded and tipped, Chocolate shaded and tipped and Lilac shaded and tipped.
Shaded and Tipped: The “shaded” coat has the colour extending down approximately half to two thirds the hair, with a white/ivory ground colour. The colour of the “tipped” coat doesn’t extend down as far, and therefore the tipped coat looks much lighter than the shaded. This shading should be uniformly distributed.
Temperament of the Longhair Burmilla:
The temperament is a lovely combination of both the Chinchilla and the Burmilla. They are placid, laid back, quiet, gentle and not as in your face as other breeds of cat can be. They also have a playful streak in them.
They get along with all members of the family including other pets and children and make a wonderful family pet.