Chantilly / Tiffany Cat

Chantilly Tiffany
Chantilly Tiffany
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Temperament          Gentle, talkative, sociable, playful
Origin                      United States
Other Names           Foreign Longhair
Group                      Medium-sized semi-longhair
Height                     8″-10″
Body Length            12″-16″
Weight                    8-15 pounds
Life Expectancy       11-15 years
Price                       $300-$800

About the Chantilly / Tiffany Cat

Sometimes called the Tiffany cat and sometimes referred to as the Chantilly cat, this unique breed has a soft, silky, semi long-haired coat and a sweet, friendly personality.

Registered Chantilly Tiffany cats are quite rare, but many medium-to-long haired domestic cats share similar characteristics in terms of personality and appearance.

Should you be fortunate enough to bring one of these kitties into your family, they’ll provide you with comforting companionship and delightfully playful antics.

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The Chantilly Tiffany cat has no special nutritional needs and will thrive on a diet of high-quality cat food. Choose a brand with plenty of omega-3 fatty acid to promote skin and coat health.
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Even though the Chantilly Tiffany cat lacks a heavy undercoat, the breed’s silky hair is prone to tangling. Daily brushing is a must.

You’ll also want to keep your pet’s claws clipped and brush their teeth regularly. Be sure to introduce grooming routines at a young age, so that your kitty regards this type of handling as a regular part of life.

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Chantilly Tiffany cats are moderately active. They enjoy playing and climbing on their own, but truly appreciate interactive play with her favorite people.

A laser pointer and a selection of teaser toys with ribbons, bells, and feathers satisfy this cat’s desire to chase and capture prey. A tall cat tree will be appreciated!

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Chantilly Tiffany cats tend to enjoy good health. There are no known genetic conditions.


Chantilly Tiffany cats were first introduced in 1969, when a New York breeder named Jennie Robinson crossed a pair of chocolate colored cats of unknown heritage. These cats were originally believed to be semi-longhair Burmese. Even though contemporary breeders may outcross to several different breeds including European Angoras, Abyssinians, and Havana Browns in an effort to produce Chantilly Tiffany cats, they are prohibited from outcrossing to Burmese.

When the Chantilly cat breed was first registered, its original name was foreign longhair. The breeders decided that they’d prefer something different, so they called the breed Tiffany. This produced some confusion as the British cat registry GCCF already contained a breed called Tiffany, which was a cross between a Burmese and a Chinchilla Persian. The new breed was renamed Chantilly. It is normally referred to as such or as Chantilly/Tiffany.

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Did You Know?

Chantilly Tiffany cats do not typically meow in the traditional sense. Instead, they are more likely to produce soft chirps and trills.

Chantilly cats were once believed to be extinct. Luckily, this is not the case. Still, Chantilly Tiffany cats are rare!

Chantilly Tiffany cats need their people. These cats are prone to depression if left alone too often.

The Breed Standard

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The eyes have an oval shape and a slightly slanted profile. Eyes are golden in color and can deepen as the cat ages.


The legs are long and slender, with rounded paws.


Chantilly Tiffany cats have well-proportioned tails with luxurious plumes.


Chantilly Tiffany cats are medium-sized, with an average weight of 8 to 12 pounds. The body displays moderate musculature.


The head is a broad wedge shape. Its contours are gently rounded. The muzzle is short and broad, lending a somewhat squared off appearance. The chin is firm and the cheekbones are high.


Chantilly Tiffany cats have medium-sized ears, often with prominent ear tufts and longer streamers or furnishings. The ears are wider at the base, and tips are well rounded.


The coat is soft, silky, and luxurious. It is of medium long length and has no undercoat. It takes approximately two years for the coat to reach its full length.


While the first Chantilly Tiffany cats were always a deep chocolate color, other colors are now acceptable including blue, fawn, cinnamon, black, and lilac. Tabby patterns are sometimes displayed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Chantilly / Tiffany cat cost?

Chantilly / Tiffany cats cost between $300-$800.

How big do Chantilly / Tiffany cats get?

Chantilly / Tiffany cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Chantilly / Tiffany cat might weigh between 8-15 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8″-10″ inches tall.

How long do Chantilly / Tiffany cats live?

The Average lifespan for Chantilly / Tiffany is 11-15 years.

Do Chantilly / Tiffany cats shed?

Chantilly / Tiffany are long-haired cats, so you do have to expect a certain amount of shedding from this breed, but they don’t shed as much as other cat breeds.