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.