Burmilla Longhair - BML
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Burmilla Longhair is the name used for semi-longhair cats of Burmese type that come in the silver and golden shell and shaded coat colours.
Top of head
Forms a short balanced wedge with width at the cheekbones, tapering to a blunt muzzle and showing good width at the jaw-hinge. Top of the head broad and with height, wide between the ears and slightly rounded.
Muzzle and chin
The prominent cheek bones are set wide apart. Broad and quite short muzzle with soft rounded contours.
Broad nose of even width. The profile is clearly curved.
The eyes are large and set wide apart. The upper line of the eyes is set at a slight oriental slant, while the lower line is rounded. Colour any shade of green, but clear green is preferred. A yellow tinge acceptable in kittens and young adult cats under two years of age. In reds, creams, and torbies amber is allowed.
The ears are rather large in proportion to head, set wide apart and slightly tilted forward. They are broad at the base with slightly rounded tips. The outer lines of the ears continue the upper contours of the wedge.
Size and boning
Slender and of medium length and size, it should feel hard, lithe and muscular and heavier than its appearance indicates.
The back should be straight from shoulder to rump. The chest should be generous and gently rounded but not disproportionately broad.
Neck of medium thickness, should be in proportion to the body.
Legs and paws
The legs should be slender, elegant and in proportion to the body, of medium length with the hind legs slightly longer than the front legs, paws neat and oval in shape.
Medium to long with a medium thickness at base, tapering slightly to a rounded tip.
Fine with a silky texture, without woolly undercoat. It is slightly shorter on the shoulders. Tufts on the ear tips, a bib and breeches are desired. The tail is fully furnished like a plume.
Ground colour: pure silver-white, or warm golden, shaded and shell
See general part.
Special breed faults
Cobby or oriental body.
Incorrect color in adult.
Reds, Creams may show "freckles" on the nose, paw pads, lips, eye rims and ears.