About the Tiffany Cat Breed
A gentle and devoted companion, the Tiffany enjoys snuggling and following its people around the house, but in an undemanding and manner.
Tiffany Physical Characteristics
The Tiffany has captivating oval eyes which can run from deep yellow to rich amber. Some may have a greenish halo around the iris, and the contrast will sometimes make the eyes appear gold in color.
The original chocolate brown color of the Tiffany is still the most popular but the breed has developed a more varied color palette, including black, blue, cinnamon, fawn and lilac. It has also developed various patterns including agouti/ticked, mackerel and other tabby patterns.
The coat is described as semi-long and grows in slowly, reaching its full potential by the time the Tiffany is about 24 months of age. The coat will thicken considerably on the hind legs as the cat matures and the tail will grow into a full plume.
Tiffany Personality and Temperament
The Tiffany bonds extremely well with humans, selecting one or two members of the household and showering them with attention and love. It is a great family cat, getting along 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.
Things to Consider
The Tiffany does best when it can receive the same attention it gives. They do not like to be alone for long periods of time, and will become melancholy if they are alone too often.
Ideal Living Conditions
The Tiffany combines a healthy, balanced dose of docility with activity. It can stay still for extended periods, happily lounging in the lap of its loved one. This quality makes the Tiffany an ideal traveling companion, and an ideal house companion for senior citizens and the physically handicapped.
This is one of the easiest to groom semi-longhairs because its silky-soft fur doesn’t easily tangle. The breed sheds very little and requires no more than a weekly brushing. Although there is no cat that is allergen free, because the Tiffany sheds so little, people with mild allergies would do well with this breed.
The Tiffany has full hair in their 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.
Other issues, which are not detrimental but should be kept in mind, are reports that the Tiffany has delicate digestion. Avoidance of corn products , and a regular and predictable diet will keep that in check. For owners who intend to breed, expect a prolonged labor for the queen, and an extended nursing period with her kittens. At the very least, the queen should be allowed the full eight weeks to nurse her kittens.
Tiffany History and Background
This cat was fraught with many obstacles before it was able to receive championship status. In 1967, Jennie Robinson purchased two chocolate brown cats with amber eyes, an 18-month-old male and a 6-month-old female. By some accounts the cats were sold as part of an estate sale, by others, that the cats were found in a pet shop in White Plains, New York. Whichever it was, the cats were a natural find, and had bred naturally.
Robinson began her breeding program in 1969 with these two cats, and the natural result was a litter of six kittens identical to them. The parent cats, named Thomas and Shirley of Neotype (the name of the cattery), were registered by the American Cat Association as Sable Foreign Longhairs, and were referred to for some time as foreign longhairs until it was decided that this category was too general, and the breed was given its own name. Thomas and Shirley went on to produce 60 kittens in seven years, and Robinson exhibited many of them in the New York metropolitan area. Others who had purchased some of the Neotype offspring brought them into Long Island and Connecticut.
A Florida breeder 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 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 differentiate her breed from the Burmese, and any other. Inspired by a posh theatre in L.A., the Tiffany, Lund felt it an elegant name that would conjure images of a bygone time of glamour and luxuriousness. 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 has originated In England. There had been crossings of foreign longhairs with Angora’s, Havana’s, and Abyssinian’s in the UK, and it is 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 crossing had been done with the Burmese and Himalayan, or with any other breed. 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 having this breed accepted in its own right.
Canadian breeders joined the program in the 1970s, and with these further efforts, the gene pool was widened for the Tiffany, and more color variations were brought in to the class, in addition to making the line genetically more sound. Meanwhile, breeders In England were inspired by the possibilities of creating a new breed , and in the late 1970s crossed the Burmese with the Silver Chinchilla Persian. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy decided on Tiffanie for the breed name, and this same but slightly differently spelled name muddled the breed differentiating situation even more. Canadian and U.S. breeder forsook Lund’s preferred breed name for another that was not in use: the Chantilly. The Tiffany name is still in use with some cat fancies, but is typically combined as Chantilly/Tiffany.