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The Chantilly/Tiffany cat is a loving and beautiful semi-longhaired cat. The unique appearance and delightful personality of this breed makes it a great family pet for all ages.


Health and Care

The breed is very healthy, not given to any particular problems. Some manifest "finicky" digestion; they do not tolerate food adjustment or high corn-content foods well. Mothers are prolonged in labour, and not too anxious to wean. Kittens are quite slow to accept solids. The Chantilly/Tiffany is a breed of minimal care. Its silky little-shedding coat is often well tolerated by the allergic and needs only occasional combing, paying particular attention to the modified ruff and hindquarters. The coat is not given to matting. Ears seem inclined to waxiness and should be swabbed regularly.



The Chantilly/Tiffany is a semi-foreign medium-sized cat of striking appearance. Its rich colour and full, silky semi-long coat, plumed tail, contrasting neck ruff and ear streamers make it distinctive and showy. The medium-sized head has a gently sloped nose and short, broad muzzle that is softly squared with gentle contours and a break. The chin is firm. The cheekbones are broad and high.

Originally found only in the color of chocolate, the Chantilly-Tiffany now occurs in a range of colors including chocolate, blue, cinnamon, lilac, and fawn. Accepted patterns are solid, mackerel, ticked, and spotted tabby. The color is rich; shading in solids may occur toward the underside.


The lovely Chantilly is often thought of as a semi-longhaired Burmese, although it is not. The breed was started with a pair of chocolate-colored cats of unknown origin. Today, outcrossing to several other breeds is permitted, but outcrossing to the Burmese is strictly prohibited.

The first litter of Chantilly cats was born in 1969 in New York. The breed was so that additional breeding programs of Chantilly cats were soon started in Florida and in Canada.

At first, the Chantilly was registered under the term "foreign longhair," but the breeders felt this name was not appropriate for a breed name. So the breed was then called the "Tiffany" and registered as such. However, in a British registry called GCCF, a breed that is a cross between a Chinchilla Persian and a Burmese had already been named the "Tiffanie" To avoid confusion, this cat was then renamed the "Chantilly" and is now usually referred to as the "Chantilly/Tiffany."



The Chantilly/Tiffany is a breed of loyalty, and easily becomes a close, affectionate companion that is not overly demanding or mischievous. They are not as placid as Persians, nor as active as Orientals, and are best described as moderate. Usually, they develop particular affinity to one person in the home, with whom they bond, conversing in quiet "chirps" or trills characteristic of the Tiffany. It does not thrive in endless hours of solitude, and may become quite lonely. Persons working full time should plan on a companion pet. Tiffanies integrate well with children and other pets and require little maintenance.

The breed is gentle and easily managed. It will prefer the company of its special person to any other amusement. Some individuals forsake the "four-on-the-floor" reputation of their peers. They are usually friendly, but conservative with strangers. They leave no doubt as to their affection if you are their "person," follow you constantly and respond well to their name.