- "about the breeds"
first Bombay cats were bred in Kentucky USA in 1958 by
a lady called
Horner. She wanted to create a cat that resembled a
miniature black panther
crossed a Sable (Brown) Burmese with a black American
In this country during the early 1980's a few
dedicated British Breeders started to develop a
British Bombay cat by crossing a Blue Burmese queen,
Lochibank Blue Viola, with an unregistered shorthaired
tom. This mating produced a black short hair of
Burmese type, later registered as Lochibank Princess
(72). Princess was mated to a brown Burmese and
the work of crossmating to gain pure black cats and
securing Burmese type through the generations to
produce the breed as we know it today had begun.
Bombay's are solid black cats, though through the
breeding programme other colours were born. These
colours cannot be called Bombays, (you cannot buy a
red Bombay for example - only black cats can have the
title "Bombay"), but are known as Asian
Self's. These colours are Blue 72a, Chocolate 72b,
Lilac 72c, Red 72d, and Cream 72f.
1990 The Bombay breed gained preliminary
recognition by the GCCF.
In 1994 they were followed by the full expression
Selfs when they gained full recognition. Once
breed recognition had been established Bombays and
Asian Selfs were shown in Asian Assessment
Classes and able to gain Merit Certificates. The
breeds success in side classes proved it's
viability against more established breeds, many
of which held Championship Status. The Bombays
and Asian Selfs progressed to Championship status
themselves in June 2000.
For more information on the history of the breed
please go to www.bombaybreedclub.org.
Today our Bombay cats continue to be shown and bred as
part of the Asian cat group and they are genetically
the nearest possible to a "Black Burmese".
Bombay cats, breed number 72, are most recognised for
their shiny patent leather coats, which are sound to
the roots, and their big golden eyes - a striking
It is important to maintain the Burmese type in the
breed, so Bombay to Burmese as well as Bombay to
Bombay breeding is allowed. Bombay cats share many of
the characteristics and behaviours of a Burmese. They
are lap loving, heat seeking, affectionate and just
love attention. They make ideal family pets, they are
intelligent, playful, outgoing, friendly and loyal,
they have an absolutely wonderful temperament.
tight coat of the Bombay requires little or no
grooming, to stay in tiptop condition. No need to
groom daily although petting your cat is always a joy.
These magnificent cats, which resemble the black
leopards of India, would make a lovely companion to
Asian cat is a cat of Burmese type and temperament,
but not of Burmese colour or pattern.
The Asian Breed was first established in 1981 when an
accidental mating between a male Chinchilla Persian,
Jemari Sanquist, and a female lilac European Burmese,
Bambino Lilac Faberge, produced 4 black Shaded Silver
shorthaired kittens of good Burmese type.
Their breeder, Miranda von Kirchberg, prefix Astahazy,
had the prudence to understand that these kittens
could be the foundation for a new and exciting breed
group. At that time there was a gap in the Cat Fancy,
these kittens filled that void and were the
Silver and Tabby equivalents of the Burmese.
new breed was to be known as the Burmilla. From that
very first litter Astahazy Galatea became a pioneer as
Miranda embarked on an experimental breeding programme.
Through this breeding programme to produce Burmillas
it became clear that there was a whole variety of
patterns and colours within the breed.
Seeking the advice of many leading Burmese breeders at
that time and with their support the Asian group of
cats was born.
It was decided to develop all five varieties and
now many years on from the blissful mistake we recognise
the following groups within the Asian breed
Asian Self (which includes the Bombay),
Tiffanies (Semi Long Hair).
Burmillas and tabbies can have either a silver or
standard base to their coat. In the silver In
the undercoat should be pure white and the standard
undercoat should be anything from a pale ivory to a
warm beige. In all varieties there are an exciting
number of colours varying from pale lilac to black
Sadly Miranda died in 1997 just as her inspired dream
was on the verge of reality, the Burmilla’s were on
the threshold of competing for the first time at
Championship status in GCCF, almost 16 years after the
birth of the first kittens.
Joyce Dell was a Burmese breeder who became
interested in Asians. Joyce bred the first Asian
Grand Champion and UK Grand Champion, a silver
Burmilla - UK Gr Ch Kupro Lilac Mayqueen owned by
The first Imperial Grand Champion Burmilla in the UK was
Imperial Grand Champion Honpuss Elanay Tukana, bred by
Sandra Woodley, another Burmese breeder who began
breeding Asians alongside the Burmese breed.
The quality of the Asian breeding programme has led to
resounding success for the breed on the show bench,
with many Asians gaining Best in Show.
The Asian cats are inquisitive, intelligent, have a
great sense of fun and an outgoing nature, and they
are ideal as family pets. Gentle, loyal and devoted
they are bred for their exceptionally good
cats love people, true lap loving companions quick to
learn and extremely loyal. They are active and
intelligent - a kitten that never grows up!
The breed originated in the 1930’s when a “little
brown cat” arrived in America from Burma.
breed came across to the UK in 1949 and since then has
grown in popularity.
ranges of colours now recognised are Brown, Blue,
Chocolate, Lilac, Red and Cream.
can be Brown, Blue Chocolate or Lilac.
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