GR CH Skampaws Ashputtel Galatea (Tia)
72 43bsq / ASH bs 11 31
Burmilla, Chocolate Silver Shaded with Burmese Restriction
Inbreeding Co-efficient: 1.3% (10 generations)
Tia is the first Burmilla girl that we have owned, and came to us from Mark and Avril Perkins (Ashputtel Asians and Burmese) in Poole. Her breeder was Margaret Dewhurst (Skampaws Burmillas) in Dorset. Mark and Avril took the difficult decision to give up breeding due to age, and have spayed and neutered all of their cats, except for Tia, whom they offered to us after checking with Margaret. We are very grateful to both Margaret and Mark and Avril for letting us have this beautiful girl. With her lovely type, cracking nature and unusual pedigree, she will be a real asset to our breeding.
Tia's sire is a lovely chocolate Burmese boy, CH Isajen Skampaws Magic, who has a very unusual pedigree, and her dam is a Classic Tabby Asian, Kenzie Shanti Stardust. Tia has fabulous type, with beautiful, big green eyes, of excellent shape, and a lovely blunt muzzle and well-placed ears. Her coat is lightly marked with a sparkling silver undercoat, and has a lovely silky feel. The most remarkable thing about her, though, is her absolutely outstanding temperament. She came to us as a two-year-old, yet she has never been anything other than utterly gracious about the move, and rolls around on her back to get her belly rubbed whenever we sit down with her, and has the most fabulous purr.
Mark and Avril haven't shown much in recent years, so Tia hadn't been to a show before we took her to the West of Scotland at the end of 2012, when she was two and a half. I wasn't sure what she would make of it, but she proved once again just what an absolute star she is, by not only taking it in her stride, but seeming to positively love the experience. She was rolling around on her blankets, padding away with her paws, and when being judged stood beautifully on the table to allow herself to be checked over. She was awarded the CC and also Best of Breed, and went on to win two firsts and a second in her side classes, beating some lovely cats in the process. A few weeks later, we took her to the joint Shorthair and AGCS (Asian Group Cat Society) shows, where she picked up the CC in both shows, making her a Champion. Since we still hadn't put her in kitten by the end of that summer, we took her to the Teesside (where she went Best Foreign), and the Chester, and she picked up a Grand certificate at each of these shows and then the final one after having a litter of kittens.
Tia must carry non-silver and non-agouti, because of her Sire being a Burmese, and must also carry Classic from her Dam. There is dilute on both sides of her pedigree and she had two dilute kittens in her first litter with us, so she definitely carries that as well, and her Dam's sire is a longhair carrier, so if we are really lucky she might even be able to produce us some Tiffanies, though this is less likely in light of her having had all shorthairs when mated to Eiteag, who is a Tiffanie.
Three of her kittens have been shown:
CH Cagaran Julie-Jo (Julie) - owned by us
'Burmilla', Chocolate Tortie Silver Tipped BCR
Cagaran Jonick (Nicki) - owned by Giovanni & Sermin Mombelli
Burmilla, Lilac Tortie Silver Shaded BCR
Cagaran Jinking-Jillet (Jill) - owned by Kirsty Oxley
Burmilla, Brown Tortie Ticked Tabby BCR
The others haven't been shown yet:
Cagaran Jimmy (Jim-Bob) - owned by Sarah Davidson
'Asian Tabby', Lilac Spotted Tabby FEX
Cagaran Jimp-an-Joco (Jock) - owned by Wilson & Rachel Logan
'Burmilla', Brown Silver Tipped BCR