Cat Profiles The Smoke

The Burmilla


The Burmilla is a medium size, short haired cat, of foreign type with a spectacular silver coat.


The original Burmilla kittens from both litters bred by Miranda von Kirshberg, were all  black shaded silver.  In time however because the Burmese females carried several colours all the usual cat colours including a non silver golden shaded appeared.  Eventually the tipped silver  also appeared (Persian Chinchillas from which the first hybrids were bred are all silver tipped.)


The Persian Chinchilla is call an agouti cat.  This mean they have the gene for agouti, which is a dominant gene.  The Chinchilla has this gene as a double version.  The agouti is a very ancient gene that is commonly found in wild species of many animals.  The hair shaft is banded with four or five bands of black and yellow with black at the tip.  This colouring gives a blurred outline to allow the animal to blend in to its surroundings (the wild rabbit is a good example of this).  In domestic cats it is found with stripes (tabby patterns) and without stripes as in ticked tabbies.


When we describe the colours of the Burmilla we sometimes use the term ‘full expression’ and ‘Burmese expression’.  This is because the colour of Burmese cats is modified by a gene which is generally not found in other cat breeds.  This is most easily seen in what would be a black Burmese, which because of the modified gene they  appear to be brown (the Siamese  has a more extreme version of this gene, then the colour is called Seal).  The cats who do not have the modified gene have full expression colour.  Therefore Burmillas come both full expression and Burmese expression in the following colours, black, ”brown”, blue,  chocolate, lilac, red, cream and all the tortie colours in shaded or tipped silver and golden


From the early litters various other coat patterns were produce,  myself and some other Burmilla breeders did not include these in our breed program, preferring to concentrate on the silver shaded and tipped.  Other breeders chose to develop these, (many of which were very beautiful), calling them collectively ‘Asian’.  The Tiffanie which is a semi-long haired version in all the patterns and colours is also included in the Asian group.



Daylight Fairydust  (Dusty)

Black Smoke

Dusty is a good example of a shorthaired smoke cat, and when she is moving her colour seems to change with each movement


The Smoke is the third variety of the Burmilla, from the same original matings. They occur because the Burmese is a non agouti cat, that is to say the hair shaft is not banded and the colour is true all down the hair shaft.


The  Smoke like the shaded and tipped versions of the Burmilla also has the Inhibitor gene, which does restrict the colour in the hair shaft, but to a lesser degree than the other two varieties.  


The smoke also occurs in both Full and Burmese expression, in all the same colours as the shaded and tipped Burmillas.









The smoke is  recognised in the GCCF as the Asian Smoke.  
In the FIFe the smoke is not yet recognised at present.

Beautiful Smoke kittens sometimes available

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