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Chantilly-Tiffany cat - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA / Canada
Colors: Blue, black, chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, fawn
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Occasional
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

This cat's name is Arthur, and he's known to be an even-tempered and agreeable boy

Physical characteristics

The Chantilly-Tiffany is a longhair cat with a moderately long body, medium musculature and boning. The head is medium size with a broad muzzle, firm chin, gently sloped nose, broad and high cheeckbones. The almond shaped eyes are gold, yellow, or amber. The ears are medium size, with rounded tips. The tail is thick, long and well-plumed.

Temperament

Loyal, friendly, affectionate, intelligent; neither over-demanding nor mischievous. Chantilly-Tiffany cats are more lively than imperturbable Persians, but less active than hyper energetic Abyssinians, Bengals, or Egyptian Maus. Soft-voiced. "Moderate" is the best word describing this breed. Chantilly-Tiffany cats need human companionship, so if you work full time or spend a lot of hours out of home, you should consider a second cat (or choose another breed). Chantilly-Tiffanies usually get along well with children and other pets. Tend to form strong bonds with one particular family member.

Coat and grooming

The long coat of Chantilly-Tiffany cats is very silky, smooth and fine. Like in Birmans, it isn't prone to matting. Requires occasional grooming. Neck ruffs and ear streamers are distinctive and elegant.
Chantillies come in blue, black (the rarest), chocolate (the most common), cinnamon, lilac, and fawn colours. The common patterns are solid and tabby. White spotting is not allowed.

Health

Basically robust and healthy, with no breed-specific problems. However, the ears may be prone to waxing, so they should be cleaned and checked regularly.

Other interesting facts

The breed history begins in early 1970s when it was registered in ACA (American Cat Association) as "Tiffany". Very soon, ACA dropped the breed because of lack of registrations. In a while, the breed was found naturally occurring in Canada, so it was revived. However, the new name "Chantilly" was given since there had already been a different breed called "Tiffanie" in Britain.
Nowadays, the Chantilly-Tiffany is still a very rare breed.