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Chantilly-Tiffany Cat: Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

Hallie Roddy

By Hallie Roddy

Chantilly Tiffany cat relaxing in the garden

Height: 16–20 inches
Weight: 6–12 pounds
Lifespan: 7–16 years
Colors: Black, blue, chocolate, silver, lilac, fawn, platinum
Suitable for: Singles, families with children, seniors
Temperament: Sweet, gentle, devoted, loyal

The beautiful Chantilly-Tiffany breed has become quite popular over the past 60 years. They are known for being quite average in a lot of ways, but that’s not always a bad thing. Because of their middle ground, they have made excellent pets for cat lovers.

Chantilly-Tiffany cats are low-maintenance felines. They quickly become integrated into your lifestyle and steal your heart with their affection. Don’t worry, though; they aren’t so affectionate that it becomes overbearing. At the end of the day, these cats are easy-going, medium-sized cats that get along with just about anyone.

Chantilly-Tiffany Kittens

black fluffy chantilly tiffany cat with yellow eyes
Image Credit: Anna Krivitskaya,Shutterstock


As you can see, Chantilly-Tiffany cats are just about average all around. They can be a little energetic at times but otherwise have good health, social skills, and a reasonable lifespan. The only category where they lack is trainability.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Chantilly-Tiffany Cat

1. We aren’t sure of the time or origin of Chantilly-Tiffany cats.

Nobody has a clear timeline for when or how these cats showed up. There are a few ideas that do seem to be the most popular, though. The most common story concerning this cat’s history is that they were first bred around 1967 from a breeder in New York. After that, another breeder bought some of these Chantilly-Lace cats and continued to breed them.

2. Their name has unclear origins too.

The Chantilly-Tiffany breed was initially called the “Foreign Longhair.” As breeding them became more popular, breeders eventually ended up calling them Tiffanies. Along the way, a new name of Chantilly also somehow came into play, but because people already associated them with the name Tiffany, they ended up combining them.

3. Their eyes darken as they age.

Chantilly-Tiffany cats have a variety of colorings from years of breeding and outcrossing. They were once chocolate-colored cats, but they can now be found in almost any color you can think of. What hasn’t changed about these cats is their stunning eye color. Their eyes are almost always a bright gold color that continues to deepen as they age.

portrait beautiful black chantilly tiffany cat home
Image Credit: Anna Krivitskaya,Shutterstock

Temperament & Intelligence of the Chantilly-Tiffany

Chantilly-Tiffany felines are some of the most devoted cats to their families. They like attention and are also a bit chatty, with a habit of talking to their humans from time to time. Their voices are soft and sweet and sound more like chirping rather than yowling like other breeds.

These cats enjoy a relaxing lifestyle with their human companions, although they are known to play and have bursts of energy at times. Like most cats, they can get into trouble from time to time.

Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪

Chantilly-Tiffany cats are a perfect choice for a family pet. They are usually calm and docile from a young age and tolerate being handled by children.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Having other cats or dogs in the house can be a problem for some cat breeds. Chantilly-Tiffany cats get along with just about anyone. They aren’t territorial, but they could get jealous if you spend a little too much time focusing on another pet. When you introduce any new animal into your home, don’t assume that these cats will be laidback. All cats need a slow introduction that allows them to become accustomed to the new animal or new surroundings.

Chantilly Tiffany breed kitten
Image Credit: Aykut Ozturk,Shutterstock

Things to Know When Owning a Chantilly-Tiffany:

Food & Diet Requirements cat emoji

It is important to monitor a Chantilly-Tiffany’s diet, as these cats can overeat whenever they get the chance, and their long fur also hides any potbellies that are starting to grow—you might not even realize that they are starting to become overweight. Try to feed your cats on a normal feeding routine. Once in the morning and once at night is ideal. Take their food away after 30 minutes to help you monitor exactly how much they eat throughout the day. They aren’t demanding about their food, but they do benefit from a mixture of dry and wet foods.

Exercise 🐈

The Chantilly-Tiffany breed is not a highly active one. They seem to get lazier with maturity but still need regular exercise of at least 10-20 minutes per day. These cats usually enjoy a variety of toys, but they could easily become fond of a specific one, too.

Training 🧶

Chantilly-Tiffany cats would not be a great choice if you were hoping to train your cat and there isn’t a lot of information around training them. They also don’t have a long attention span that would help make the process quicker. It never hurts to try, but don’t expect them to catch on as quickly as some other breeds.

Chantilly Tiffany cat on top of a rock
Image Credit: Lukas Beno, Shutterstock

Grooming ✂️

Chantilly-Tiffany cats are relatively low-maintenance. They spend most of their time grooming themselves. You might have to brush them once a week to untangle their fine, long hair, but this is a great bonding practice for the two of you.

The only other grooming demands for a Chantilly-Tiffany cat are the things associated with all cats. Keep their ears clean, cut their nails when they get long, and brush their teeth regularly.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Chantilly-Tiffany cats are a healthy breed overall with no major health conditions to be concerned about. They fend off most illnesses easily but could have some issues with hair blockages in the ears.

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


Chantilly-Tiffany cats are devoted animals that will show you lots of attention and steal your heart within hours of meeting them. They aren’t too demanding and can adapt to most households and lifestyles. This might not be the cat to take out on an adventure, but they are a well-rounded breed that makes a good housecat to keep you company.

Looking for the breed that is going to mesh with you perfectly can take some time. Hopefully, you’ve learned that the Chantilly-Tiffany cat is a beautiful, caring, and gentle breed that can make a great companion in any home.

Featured Image Credit: Lukas Beno, Shutterstock

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