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The Controversial Chantilly-Tiffany Cat
The Chantilly-Tiffany (or Chantilly/Tiffany), also known as the Chantilly, the Tiffany, the Tiffanie, or the Foreign Longhair, is a breed of cat once believed to have derived mainly from cross-breeding long-haired Asians with Burmese. The richly-colored lavish coat of the Chantilly-Tiffany, and its mellow, easy-going personality make it a very special cat.
There is some confusion, indeed, concerning both the origins and the naming of this poor, innocent breed. At first, the Chantilly was registered under the term "foreign longhair," but breeders felt that 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 history of this breed is intriguing and, ultimately, also a bit confusing. It is documented as having begun in 1967, when Jennie Robinson of New York purchased "Thomas" and "Shirley," a pair of longhaired chocolate cats with gold eyes and unknown background, that were being sold as part of an estate sale. Ms. Robinson judged Thomas as being a little over a year old and Shirley about six months. They might have come from the same parents, but the age discrepancy meant that they were not littermates. Nature took its course, and Shirley's first litter was born in early 1969.
Six kittens, all identical, all a beautiful chocolate color, amazed Robinson and her veterinarian. Intrigued, Robinson undertook a breeding program. Thomas and Shirley went on to produce sixty kittens in seven years, and Robinson exhibited many of them in the New York metropolitan area. Others who purchased some of offspring brought them into Long Island and Connecticut.
A Florida breeder also became involved in the breeding program after buying some of Robinson's kittens. Sigyn Lund, of the Sig Tim Hil Cattery, was a breeder of Burmese , and because this new breed of longhair was similar to the Burmese, people naturally assumed that the cat was the result of outcrossing a Burmese with another breed. The only true similarity the two breeds shared, however, was the full coat. The truly defining traits, like points on the fur, and pink paw pads, were not present in the new breed.
Lund settled on a breed name to try to differentiate her breed from the Burmese and any other. Inspired by the Tiffany, a posh theatre in L.A., Lund felt it an elegant name that would conjure up images of a bygone time of glamour and luxury. Still, the rumor of the Tiffany being of Burmese descent led to suppositions that the breed had been the product of a cross between the Burmese and Himalayan, and that it had originated in England, as the similarly named “Tiffanie” had.
There had been crossings of foreign longhairs with Angoras , Havanas , and Abyssinians in the UK, and it was surmised that the Robinson cats were descended from those efforts, but the fact was that at that time, Lund was still breeding from the original two, and that no such outcrossing was being done with the Burmese and Himalayan, or with any other breed.
During the same time Robinson and Lund were developing the breed in the USA, a Canadian land owner was surprised when, in 1973, a long-haired chocolate, gold-eyed cat of unknown ancestry appeared at his home and gave birth to a litter of kittens with the same appearance as their mother. Offspring of these were rescued by Canadian breeders in order to re-establish the Tiffany breed in North America in a cooperative effort with Robinson and Lund. Thus, the breed that developed primarily in the '70s that seemed to be getting “lost” due to its rarity, re-emerged in the late '80s in a greater color and pattern range and, though still rare, is enjoying ever-increasing popularity.
Lund was misunderstood for some time still, because she had already built her reputation on the Burmese breed, and because the Tiffany was still so new, and there were so few of them, she had trouble getting this breed accepted in its own right. At this time, neither The International Cat Association (TICA) nor the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognizes the Chantilly-Tiffany Breed, but the ACFA registers the Chantilly as "EXP" (meaning "experimental"), and the Traditional Cat Association calls this breed "Tiffany/Chantilly.” Confusing? Indeed!
The Chantilly-Tiffany is a cat with a semi-foreign body style and a full semi-long coat. The coat is silky, soft and smooth, and the lack of an undercoat usually makes grooming simpler than the grooming of cats with an undercoat. Somewhat of a late bloomer, the Chantilly-Tiffany is slow to mature and usually does not come into its full stature and maturity until about two years of age. The preferred eye color is gold-yellow-amber, and the eye color of the feline intensifies with age. The Chantilly's eyes are somewhat oval and are set at an angle. The head is a broad, modified wedge with gentle curves, and high, broad cheekbones. The nose is medium-length, the muzzle strong, broad, short and softly squared, and the whisker pads are defined but not obvious.
Originally found only in the color of chocolate, the Chantilly-Tiffany now occurs in a range of colors including chocolate, blue, cinnamon, lilac, and fawn. Accepted patterns are solid, mackerel, ticked, and spotted tabby. The colors are very rich, and shading in solids may occur toward the underside. The overall impression of the ideal Chantilly is of a semi-foreign cat of striking appearance resulting from the combination of its rich color and full, silky semi-longhair coat, plumed tail, contrasting neck ruff, and ear streamers. Full beauty develops with maturity, and the lack of an undercoat leads to minimal shedding. The breed has medium musculature and boning. Females weigh six to ten pounds; males, eight to twelve pounds.
The Chantilly/Tiffany is a very loyal breed, and easily becomes a close, affectionate companion that is not overly demanding, mischievous, or “in your face.” They are not as sedate as Persians , nor as rambunctious as Orientals , and are best described as “moderate.” Usually they develop particular affinity to one person in the home, with whom they bond especially deeply, conversing in quiet "chirps" or trills. The Chantilly-Tiffany does not thrive with endless hours of solitude, and may become quite desolate. Thus, owners who work full-time should ensure that their Chantilly-Tifffanies have companion pets. These cats integrate well with other cat breeds, and other pets.
The breed is gentle and easily managed. It will prefer the company of its special person to any other amusement. Some individuals will forsake the "four-on-the-floor" reputation of their peers, but in general, these cats are not climbers. They are usually friendly, but are a bit shy with strangers. They leave no doubt as to the object of their affection if you are their "person," following you constantly and responding well to their name. They are pure devotion in a silky chocolate (or other-colored) robe.
The Chantilly-Tiffany combines a healthy, balanced dose of docility with activity. It can stay still for extended periods, happily lounging in your lap. This quality makes the Chantilly-Tiffany an ideal traveling companion, and a splendid house companion for senior citizens and the physically handicapped. It is a great family cat, getting along very well with children, and though it can be reserved with strangers, it is not skittish or fearful. Its ability to stay calm and unruffled also makes it a good addition to a home that already has animals.
The breed is very healthy and not given to any particular problems. Some may manifest "finicky" digestion; they do not tolerate food changes or high corn-content foods well. The Chantilly/Tiffany is a breed requiring minimal care. Its silky little-shedding coat is often well tolerated by the allergic and needs only occasional combing, paying particular attention to the modified ruff and hindquarters. The coat is not given to matting. The one point that needs attention is the ears. The Chantilly-Tiffany has full hair in its ears, and wax build-up is one of the conditions that go with this trait. Checking the ears once a week, as part of a regular routine that includes brushing, and tooth care, should be sufficient to keep the ear canals clear.
As any chocolate lover will tell you, "a chocolate bar is better than a gold bar," so will a devotee of the Chantilly-Tiffany tell you, "a chocolate Chantilly-Tiffany is better than...well, any other cat." ( www.petMD.com .) The original chocolate brown color of the Tiffany is still the most popular, and leads many to describe their great love for their chocolate-coated cats with terms reserved for the edible treat. Don’t give short shrift to the other available colors, though, as they too can be elegantly rich! Think French vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, milk chocolate, fondant…
The Chantilly-Tiffany is also so divinely soft and decadently plush that you will want to hold one on your lap, nuzzling for hours. And, since this breed has only one coat of fur, you can indulge in this sweet treat of a cat without needing a long workout with the lint brush later.
Despite all the controversy over both its history and its name, this sounds like a rare, lovely, and personable breed of cat. When searching for a kitten , try all the variations on its name: Chantilly-Tiffany, Tiffany, Chantilly, and Foreign Longhair. And then choose your breeder wisely before you purchase a kitten. Most are very conscientious and honest, but it is a good idea to visit your target cattery in person if possible, or, if not possible, to ask the breeder for referrals to other people who have purchased kittens from them in the past.
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