Article by Robin Moller - Burmillas in Australia
|The first Burmilla litter born in Australia was in
October 1994. The breeder was Max Russell of Woonona Cattery.
It took over a year to establish the breeding program, the standard being based on that of The Cat Association (CA) of Great Britain and affiliated to The Federation Internationale Feline (FiFe). I see the section Breed Standard in The Burmilla.
In 1995 Robin Moller, Hindmarsh, a long time Burmese breeder, applied and was accepted to breed Burmillas - her first litter was born in January 1996.
The television show Burke's Backyard "Road Tested" the Burmilla in April 1996. The show caused a sensation, and the public fell in love with the Burmilla. (A Burmilla "Road Test" on the same program in 2000 produced a similar result!)
Three more very experienced breeders applied to the former RASCC later in 1996 and were accepted into the breeding program: Lorraine Burgess Burwyck, Margaret Klaver Shindhi, and Rae Auland Sunbury.
We had our first formal meeting in December 1996 and
formed The Burmilla Breeders Association under the guidance
of Dr. Truda Straede, who was the Co-ordinator of Experimental Breeding
Programs for the RASCC, and All-Breeds Judge Rhondda Watson, who has also
helped guide us to breed to the Burmilla standard.
|All of us being Burmese breeders needed
the support ot the Chinchilla Persian breeders. The late Doris Burnage,
Chatsworth, and Norma Bridges, Jacquel, gave us their help and
advice in our breeding program, and their cats are the foundation
Chinchilla Persians in our Burmillas.
known breeders (and judges) in Queensland, Barbara LaRocca, Riokay,
and Liz Haimes, Chi-Lang, also took up the Burmilla breeding
challenge in 1996/1997. Del Marsh joined them later for a while. Val
Stewart, Shezarda, is also a very active Burmilla breeder. We all
try to exchange cats with each other to keep widening the gene pool.
Barbara has now retired from the Burmilla program.