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Asian Semi-Longhair Cat Breed Info: Pictures, Traits & Facts

Height: 6-8 inches
Weight: 8-16 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Black, lilac, chocolate, brown, blue
Suitable for: Families with older children, singles, seniors
Temperament: Active, curious, loving

The Asian Semi-Longhair is widely regarded as one of the most attractive domesticated cats. They are also commonly called Tiffanies, perhaps more so than Asian Semi-Longhairs. These cats have a similar history to that of the Asian Shorthair, with the primary difference in their appearance being their hair length.

These cats are very loving and curious. Note that these furry felines need plenty of love and attention. They are sometimes cited as being very dependent on their family and won’t do well in a household where everyone is gone most of the time. Many other cat breeds would be happy with that, but this isn’t one of them.

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Asian Semi-Longhair Kittens – Before You Welcome One Into Your Family…

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3 Little-Known Facts About Asian Semi-Longhairs

1. Asian Semi-Longhairs Do Not Originate From Asia

Asian Semi-Longhairs do not come from any country in the large continent of Asia. However, they were developed using cats that are thought to have Asian roots.

These cats were initially developed and known as the Tiffanie. They come from Britain, and the first record of their breeding was in 1981 when an unknown breeder crossed their Burmilla with a Chinchilla cat, two originally Asian breeds.

The litter of kittens were unique and widely regarded as gorgeous cats. They went on crossing Burmillas and Chinchillas to produce more of the Tiffanie breed before stabilizing them.

They came about right around the same time as the Asian Shorthair or Oriental cats. Many people equate the breeds, but they do not share parents and have different builds, coloration, and facial structure. The comparison is frequent but has unknown origins since they are such different animals.

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2. The Most Sought-After Coloration for These Cats Is a Lilac Coat With Green Eyes

Asian Semi-Longhair cats are the only semi-longhair cat in the Asian group of cat breeds. They tend to look very similar to their Bumilla ancestor but with still longer hair.

Currently, this breed is not recognized by the majority of US registries. However, the UK’s registries mainly accept this breed, and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) also does.

These cats can have a wide range of colorations and some range of patterns on their coat. Most often, they have a solid color that runs throughout their whole body.

The most popular color for these cats is when they are an all-over lilac shade. They will have creamy white fur that almost has a purple undertone. They might have some subtle markings in other places on their body, but these should only highlight the color and not define it.

They can have brown eyes, but the most appreciated color is green.

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3. Asian Semi-Longhair Cats Like To Speak Their Mind

It is said that the Asian Semi-Longhair is not a very good choice for those that live in apartments since they are so vocal and could actually be loud enough to disturb the neighbors. These cats are very loving and quite dependent on their humans. They need plenty of attention and will not be afraid to yowl at you to get it.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Asian Semi-Longhair

The Asian Semi-Longhair cat has a charming personality coupled with an affectionate nature. They love to play around and are quite curious. All of this inquisitiveness and attention to their humans means that they are quick learners. You can quickly train them to play special games with you although they probably won’t take very well to tricks.

These cats are almost like dogs in their general temperament and manner. They expect you to allot a certain amount of time petting them, grooming them, and playing with them. The Asian Semi-Longhair is very playful and will happily vocalize any of their emotions. The tendency to be vocal also enhances their personality in the eyes of many of their owners.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

These cats are a good choice for families because more people will keep them company. They are generally quite patient cats, especially when it comes to children. However, it is still important to teach both feline and child how to interact with each other so that nobody gets hurt or angry.

These cats should not be kept in a home where the person or family doesn’t have a lot of time for them. They do very well occupying a companion who has a lot of free time but will become discontent if they are often ignored.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Asian Semi-Longhair can get along with other pets, particularly if you socialize them when they are younger. They have affable personalities. Since they act so much like dogs, it is no wonder that they get along with them so well, typically.

Other types of cats are more of a risk and should be introduced into the family carefully. Asian Semi-Longhairs are jealous of your attention and won’t appreciate another cat taking their lap spots or anything else.

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Things to Know When Owning an Asian Semi-Longhair:

Food & Diet Requirements

Any cat needs a balanced diet with plenty of protein, some carbohydrates, and all necessary nutrients. These cats are not very picky eaters and will typically be pleased with both wet and dry food that is commercially sold.

It is often best to mix wet and dry cat food to balance their diet. Too much wet food can be hard on a cat’s gums, teeth, and overall dental hygiene. On the other hand, feeding them only dry food ends up being a challenge for their kidneys.

Exercise 🐈

Although it is unnecessary to take these cats out on a walk for them to get enough exercise daily, you need to give this part of their lives time and consideration. Set aside at least 20 minutes each day to get out your cat’s toys and play with them. If you have time, it is best to try and do this a couple of times each day.

When you play with your Asian Semi-Longhair cat, encourage them to run around by using the toys. Try to get them to jump and be as active as possible during these sessions to keep them heart-healthy for many years to come.

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Training 🧶

These cats are relatively typical in their affinity for training. Asian Semi-Longhair cats are smart, but they do not have attention spans long enough to care about learning tricks. They are fast learners, so you can try to teach them small games to encourage them to exercise and play.

Training them to use their litter box is not an issue since these cats are incredibly hygienic. If they begin not using their litter box, it is likely because it is too dirty, and they are disgusted enough to refuse to use it.

Grooming ✂️

Grooming the Asian Semi-Longhair cat is one of the more time-consuming processes you’ll go through when you own them. They have medium-length or semi-long hair. The length means that it is not short enough to be low-maintenance but not long enough to frequently present matting issues.

Brush these cats multiple times a week to keep their beloved silky coats in good health. Ensure that no mats or tangles are forming and focus on their plumed tail and around the neck. Brushing them is also a great time to bond with them, and they will deeply appreciate that kind of attention from you.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Asian Semi-Longhair cats are known to be relatively healthy. For the most part, their health issues will only begin to arise as they grow older. Although it is still worth looking at the parents’ records to check, there are not many genetic diseases that they commonly suffer from.

Minor Conditions
  • Food allergies (as they age)
Serious Conditions
  • Renal failure
  • Heart conditions
  • Periodontal issues

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Male vs. Female

There are very few differences between males and females of this breed, and these will be further minimized after you have your Asian Semi-Longhair spayed or neutered.

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Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a cat that reciprocates your love and likes to get showered with attention, then the Asian Semi-Longhair is for you. These beautiful animals generally get along with dogs and all humans. They are clean and gorgeous animals. They are not accepted by many of the registries yet, but they are being accepted by more each year as their breed stabilizes.

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