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Chantilly-Tiffany Cat Breed: Info, Pictures & Traits

Length: 16 – 20 inches
Weight: 6 – 12 pounds
Lifespan: 7 – 16 years
Colors: Black, chocolate, blue, silver, lilac, platinum, fawn
Suitable for: Families with children, singles, seniors
Temperament: Devoted, sweet, gentle

The Chantilly-Tiffany cat is an interesting breed, though more for their averageness than anything else. These cats have become quite common and have been around for almost 60 years. They prefer to be around their humans, but they will be happy enough if left at home during the day.

These cats are relatively low-maintenance in most of their care because they are affectionate but not overly so, and they don’t require as much time for focused exercise. They do need to be brushed regularly. Otherwise, Chantilly-Tiffany cats are easy-going, medium-sized cats.

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Chantilly-Tiffany Kittens — Before You Welcome One Into Your Family…

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Image Credit: Scott, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Chantilly-Tiffany Cat

1. There is much contention about the time and origin of the Chantilly-Tiffany cat.

There is not a clear timeline for exactly how and when these cats came about. Instead, two primary ideas have held the most popularity.

One of these is that the Chantilly was a cross between a Burmese cat and an unknown breed of chocolate brown cats. The idea is that this occurred in the 1980s. Since then, they are allowed to be outcrossed with certain breeds, but the Burmese is no longer one of them.

The most popular idea concerning their history is that the Chantilly was first bred in 1967, when a cat breeder from New York called Jennie Robinson bought some chocolate-brown cats. They were named Thomas and Shirley, and a couple of years later, they produced a litter of adorable brown kittens.

After this, another breeder named Sigyun Lun bought some of these chocolate cats and continued to breed them. She specialized in breeding Burmese cats, hence the false idea that the Chantilly cat was a result of a Burmese cross.

2. Their name is also a source of confusion.

Initially, the cats we now know as Chantilly-Tiffanys were registered only under the name “foreign longhair.” However, as this specific cat’s breeding became more popular, breeders felt like this term wasn’t appropriate for the final name. These cats were then charmingly dubbed Tiffanys.

For a while, they were registered as Tiffany. The name began to catch on in circles of cat lovers and breeders. However, when they began to be exported, it was found that a breed crossed with a Chinchilla and a Burmese was also called a “Tiffanie.” Even though the spelling was different, it was still thought that this would cause too much confusion.

Following all this, the cat breed was renamed Chantilly, but the name Tiffany was already commonly associated with the breed. This is how they ended up being one of the few breeds with a hyphenated name: the Chantilly-Tiffany.

3. The Chantilly’s eyes deepen in color as the cat ages.

Chantilly-Tiffanys can come in quite a variety of colorings due to outcrossing and inbreeding within some of the breed lines. Instead of being predominantly chocolate-colored cats, they can be white, cream, lilac, and blue, to name a few colors.

One of the most iconic parts of this cat is their eye color. They almost always have bright gold eyes. As they age, the color doesn’t stabilize but instead, continues to deepen. As they hit full maturity and go into seniority, they can have golden amber eyes.

Chantilly Tiffany Cat in the garden
Image Credit: Lukas Beno, Shutterstock

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Chantilly-Tiffany Cats

Chantilly-Tiffany cats are devoted to their family and can even demand your attention when you are at home. If you like cats but don’t prefer the breeds that are more aloof to your presence, Chantillys will suit you well. They have an adorable habit of talking with their humans. Instead of being obnoxious to get attention, they have quite a sweet voice. They “chirp” when they talk instead of full-on meowing or yowling at you.

Chantilly-Tiffany enjoy a moderate lifestyle of relaxing with their family when someone is around, playing at times, and getting into trouble with others. They are human-oriented and will tend to follow you around from room to room, chattering consistently. Their kittens are known to be more playful and mischievous than most adults.

Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪

These cats are good options for families. They tend to be calm and docile, even from a young age. They are also quite tolerant of being handled in awkward or more demanding ways. Chantilly-Tiffany cats are more kid-friendly than most cats and will be happy in almost any family setting.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Chantilly-Tiffany cats can get along with other breeds depending on their socialization when they were younger. They are not often territorial, but they do get jealous of their human’s attention. If they think that you are giving other animals more attention than they deserve, they will happily swat them away.

When introducing a new animal into your home, don’t automatically assume that these laidback cats will be okay with it. Instead, do it slowly and give them a chance to become accustomed to the other pet before letting them be around each other unmonitored. Smaller mammals can also be in danger around this cat, no matter how easygoing.

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Image Credit: Anna Krivitskaya, Shutterstock

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Things to Know When Owning a Chantilly-Tiffany

Food & Diet Requirements

You will need to monitor the Chantilly-Tiffany’s diet. They tend to overeat when they get stressed or bored. Since they have longish hair, the beginnings of a potbelly can easily be hidden.

Much like with other cats, it is best to keep them on a morning and evening feeding schedule. Take their food away if they haven’t eaten it after 30 minutes. This way, you can monitor precisely how much they are eating during the day.

It is also best to give them variety. Although they are not demanding cats, they do prefer a mixture of dry and wet food.

Exercise 🐈

Chantilly-Tiffanys are not overly active cats, especially once they reach full maturity. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the time to exercise them. Encourage active play a couple of times a day for at least 10 minutes each time.

Chantillys enjoy a variety of toys and will typically find one or two that they are extremely fond of. Play with these to encourage them, and rotate new toys in and out to maintain their attention.

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Image Credit: Jennie Kondo, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Training 🧶

Chantilly-Tiffany cats do not have a history of being trained to do much of anything beyond using their litter box, which is intuitive for cats. They do not have long attention spans. Even though they are human-oriented, they would prefer to cuddle or nap rather than have a training session.

Grooming ✂️

Grooming the Chantilly-Tiffany is one of the most time-consuming aspects of owning this cat. They have a semi-longhaired coat that is quite fine, so their fur can quickly tangle and get in matted knots if not looked after properly.

Brush your cat every day. They will enjoy this time bonding with you. Most Chantilly-Tiffanys enjoy getting brushed, but you will need to be careful if you are working out a particularly gnarled tangle.

Beyond their coat, you need to keep their ears clean. Cats are generally quite good at regulating their nails if they have some kind of scratching post. It can benefit them to brush their teeth, but some cats are not fond of this treatment. Instead, you can get them dental treats that can do the trick.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Chantilly-Tiffany cats usually are healthy cats. They have a robust build that helps fend off sicknesses typical in smaller or thinner animals. The Chantilly-Tiffany has a long coat with lengthy “furnishings” that can get into their ears and cause unfortunate blockages.

Minor Conditions
  • Digestive issues
  • Ear infections
Serious Conditions
  • Obesity

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Male vs. Female

There are no recognizable differences between males and females in this breed.

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Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a devoted cat that will show you plenty of attention when you are around but isn’t too demanding, then the Chantilly-Tiffany is a good option for you. They are also easier to adopt from a breeder while having a tight budget. These cats are good at adapting to a wide variety of families and living situations.

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Featured Image Credit: Jennie Kondo, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons