Tiffany or Chantilly Cat
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The Chantilly-Tiffany is a cat breed that started with a pair of chocolate-colored kittens of unknown origin. These felines are known for being affectionate, social, and talkative.

This breed originally went by the name Foreign Longhair. You may find these cats in shelters and rescues, so remember to always adopt! Don’t shop if you’re looking to add a feline to your home!

The Chantilly-Tiffany is a cat who loves to be around humans and will form very strong bonds with the main people in their life. While the breed is exceptionally social and loving, this also means that they would not fare well with being left alone for long periods of the day. This cat definitely wants company all the time, whether that includes snuggling, playing, or even talking!

Check out this smart feather toy, perfect for keeping this playful breed happy! Or this deshedder that will help with their semi-long hair!

See all Chantilly-Tiffany cat breed characteristics below!

Chantilly-Tiffany Cat Breed Pictures

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Chantilly-Tiffany History

There’s more than a bit of mystery and confusion about the Chantilly-Tiffany’s history. The breed dates to 1967 when a breeder in New York named Jennie Robinson bought a couple of chocolate brown cats called Thomas and Shirley. Two years later, Shirley produced a litter of similarly brown kittens.

A different breeder named Sigyn Lun who specialized in Burmese cats bought some of Robinson’s chocolate brown cats–a development that brought about the false rumor that the Chantilly-Tiffany is actually a result of Burmese cross-breeding.

In 1994, the International Cat Association (TICA) officially recognized the Chantilly-Tiffany.

These days, you might find them in shelters or rescues. Opt to adopt if this is the cat for you.

Chantilly-Tiffany Size

The Chantilly-Tiffany is a medium-sized cat. As is always the case, exact size standards might vary.

Most Chantilly-Tiffanys weigh between six and twelve pounds. However, many can be smaller or larger than average.

Chantilly-Tiffany Personality

The Chantilly-Tiffany is super lovable and very devoted to the humans in their life. This is a breed of cat that always wants to be around human company, so don’t be surprised if the cat happily follows you around from room to room, whether you’re cooking in the kitchen, relaxing on the couch binge-watching a TV series, or napping in the bedroom.

The Chantilly-Tiffany also has a reputation as a vocal feline. They’ll happily talk to you throughout the day, so be prepared for some cat chat! Beyond the breed’s affectionate side, they also showcase a playful streak. Make sure you have a solid selection of toys in rotation, and consider adding smart, interactive toys to the living environment.

Chantilly-Tiffany Health

Chantilly-Tiffanys are generally considered to be healthy cats; although it’s important to schedule regular wellness visits with your cat’s vet.

Some of the more common health problems Chantilly-Tiffanys suffer from include:

Chantilly-Tiffany Care

As with all cats, it’s important to keep up your Chantilly-Tiffany’s regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your cat healthy.

Beyond scheduling yearly wellness visits with your vet, make sure that you pick up a scratching post for your Chantilly-Tiffany cat’s living environment. This can help promote healthy scratching and keep the cat’s nails in good condition.

The Chantilly-Tiffany’s ears should be examined regularly for signs of dirt building up or possible infection. Talk to your vet about starting a regular teeth brushing regimen that will suit your Chantilly-Tiffany. Your vet can advise you about specific brands and techniques.

Finally, the Chantilly-Tiffany is a cat breed that will appreciate a cat tree to play and interact with. This will help keep the cat active and physically satisfied, so definitely consider adding one to your home!

Chantilly-Tiffany Coat Color And Grooming

The Chantilly-Tiffany was originally found sporting a distinctive chocolate brown colored coat, and many still do; although they’re also now found in other shades. The coat is considered semi-longhaired.

When it comes to grooming a Chantilly-Tiffany, ideally you will want to make time to schedule brushing daily sessions. This will help keep the cat’s semi-long coat in good condition and also ward off the chances of mats forming. Use the grooming time as an opportunity to bond with your feline.

In terms of climate, most Chantilly-Tiffanys are fairly adaptable. Just remember to always make sure that there’s enough shade and fresh water available during the hotter months.

Children And Other Pets

The Chantilly-Tiffany is normally a very good fit for families with young kids. Just make sure that early socialization takes place and boundaries are properly set on both sides. Supervise early interactions between young children and cats.

When it comes to other household pets, the Chantilly-Tiffany usually fares well with most other domestic animals. But always make sure to supervise early interactions between the new cat and existing pets. Sometimes these relationships are very much dependent on the individual pets’ personalities.

Ultimately, early socialization really pays off with this breed. Make sure to reward your Chantilly-Tiffany for good behavior when you bring them home to your family!

Chantilly-Tiffany Rescue Groups

It may be hard to find a breed specific rescue for Chantilly-Tiffany cats. However, you may want to try shelters and rescues that cater to all types of cats, including Chantilly-Tiffany cats, as well as your local shelter. Here are some nonprofit rescues you can try:

You can also try CatTime’s adoption page that lets you search for adoptable cats by breed and zip code!

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Life Span
7 to 16 years
6 to 12 pounds
Country Of Origin
United States


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