The Chantilly Cat is a relatively medium sized cat. She is a temperate looking cat with no extremes measures of temperament. The head is a broad, modified block with high cheekbones. The ears are well spaced apart and are medium sized, with extensive fur coming out from the inside.
The Chantilly cat’s eyes are slightly oval and are set at an angle. The eye colour is gold and increases with the cat’s age.
While called a longhair, the fur is semi-long, with very little or no undercoat. This coat makes her like a long haired cat in appearance, but without the wrapping effect seen in some of the longhairs. The coat should be silky soft.
The Chantilly Cat is a keen companion and prefers company as to be left alone. While the Chantilly is not demanding, she will “chirp” and “talk” in her own way, as if having a conversation. This breed is loving, with a sweet temperament.
The Chantilly Cat should have her nutrition monitored to be certain that she does not get too heavy or out of condition. The semi-longhair coat can easily hide the beginnings of a pot belly.
The Chantilly Cat should be as long as with running and playing room. Interactive exercise should also be made part of her daily life routine. These cats are very focused on toward people and enjoy playing with them.
Even if the Chantilly has little or no undercoat, she should still be groomed daily to keep the loose fur out of her coat. Even this kind of fur can quickly get knotted and tangle if neglected.
The Chantilly Cat is often considered as a semi-longhaired Burmese, though it is not. The breed was started with a pair of chocolate-coloured cats of unidentified origin. Currently, outcrossing to several other breeds is permitted, but outcrossing to the Burmese is strictly prohibited.
The first of Chantilly cats was born in 1969 in New York. The breed was so liked and loved, that additional breeding programs of Chantilly Cats were soon started in Florida and in Canada.
Initially, the Chantilly was registered under the term “Foreign Longhair,” but the breeders felt this name was not well suit enough for a breed name. So the breed was then called the “Tiffany” and registered as such till now. But, in a British registry called GCCF, a breed that is a cross between a Chinchilla Persian and a Burmese had been named the “Tiffanie” already. To avoid this confusion, this cat was then renamed as the “Chantilly” and is now usually referred to as the “Chantilly/Tiffany.”