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CHANTILLY/TIFFANY: THE CAT THAT CHIRPS

Updated on May 8, 2010

THE CAT THAT CHIRPS

CHANTILLY/TIFFANY

The Chantilly has a disposition that is not as quiet as the Persian, yet not as active as the Oriental long-haired types.  This cat is still a rare breed, with a distinguishing characteristic being that it chirps.  The Chantilly will communicate its happiness with a chirp that is said to sound like a "pigeon cooing," according to Bruce Fogle, DVM, (Catalog).  Fogle insists that people find the chirp pleasurable, and that it can become addictive to cat lovers.  The Chantilly comes in a whole range of colors and tabby patterns today; however, the first examples of the breed were deep chocolate in color.  Chantilly cats do not mature quickly, and do not attain their fully mature coats until around two or three years of age.  Their eye color can also take years before obtaining its full intensity. 

APPEARANCE

Although this breed is usually described as being a self, tabbies are also bred.  Its ears are medium-sized, wide at the base, and have rounded tips.  Self colors include Chocolate, Cinnamon, Blue, Lilac, and Fawn, with tabby (Mackerel, Spotted, and Ticked) cats of the same colors.  Coats are semi-long, fine and silky, on a body that is medium length, slender, and elegant.  Its legs are medium length, well muscled, but not stocky.  Chantilly cats weigh from 6 to 12 pounds (2.5-5.5kg). 

BREED HISTORY

While the Chantilly/Tiffany has only recently acquired fame in the world of cats, it is still rare, and has a confusing history.  Jennie Robinson purchased a pair of cats of unknown background, in New York, around 1967.  She believed the color implied a Birman parentage.  Signe Lund, a Florida breeder of Burmese, brought the cats, and coined the name Tiffany.  Due to her Burmese breeding program, the cats became associated with the Burmese.  In 1988, Tracy Oraas, a Canadian from Alberta, reestablished the breed, asserting that they were probably an offshoot of the Angora.

CHARACTERISTICS

The Chantilly/Tiffany is an out-cross of the Angora, Havana Brown, Nebelung, and Somali, and is sometimes called a Tiffany, or Foreign Longhair.  Its temperament is gentle and conservative, somewhere between that of a Persian and Oriental Longhair. It is self contained, but active, and requires a moderate amount of grooming.   

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Hi Valerie... you have an interesting home filled with many stories and nice pictures. You are a great writer...

      Hugs

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      valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Thanks Quill. I don't know that I am great, but I am certainly consistent. I finally hit the 200 hub mark tonight, and my goal is still 600 hubs by September 1. Will I make it? I'll certainly try.

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      Gloria Siess 6 years ago from Northern California

      This is enchanting--a cat that chirps! Great work as usual, Valerie.

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      valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      I know, GarnetBird, wouldn't we like to have one? Michael, Ms. Frances's love child got outside last night, and I almost had a heart attack, but he came back in through the same window he had escaped from, and was a little dusty, but otherwise okay. Fluffy is street smart, but Michael is not, and he wouldn't know the difference between a pit bull or a mack truck, and something safer. Thanks for commenting on my site.

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      Debra Allen 6 years ago from West By God

      I thought that I would like this kitty before I even open the hub. Beautiful!

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      valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      This is not a very common breed, and pictures were hard to find, but they are pretty. Thanks for responding to my site. (: v

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      t.jo&d,allen 6 years ago

      why cant you tell me how to feed these cats!!!!!

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      valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      I can. Buy some cat food at your local grocery store, put it in a bowl and the cat will eat. At least mine always have, but they'll complain and wimper again the next day for more food. (:v

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      Rocardo 5 years ago

      Hey!!!!

      I own one chantilly/tiffany cat... If you santo to I cand send you some pictures.

      Nice article,

      Ricardo

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      Ricardo 5 years ago

      Sorry abot my miss spelling on my last comment as I wrote it from my phone. What I ment is that me and my wife have kept for over a year and 6 months a Tiffany kitten. It is described just as you mentioned above. I have some pictures eventhough she has not reached her full maturity. She still looks like a kitten, at least on her face. I have tried to contact some other cat owners, but I coul not find any at all as you said, it is rare.

      Greetings,

      Ricardo

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      valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Of course I'd enjoy some pictures of your cat. Send them on. (:v

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      Ricardo 5 years ago

      Where can I send them to?

      Ricardo

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      valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Ricardo, send them to me directly through this site. (:v

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      Hannah 4 years ago

      I have a chantilly cat, I call Nico. I got her from a shelter last year, and they had no idea what breed she is. She has the same chocolate brown almost black in some areas coat. But she has these interesting white spots on her stomach and tail. She makes the chirping sound whenever she enters a room, its like she is warning you that she's coming, ha. She is the sweetest. She loves cuddling and is extremely loyal. I love her so much and i have ton of pictures if you want.

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      Hannah 4 years ago

      She also likes to be held like baby and likes to be carried around the house. :)

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      jesse 4 years ago

      my chantilly is so cute she cherps like a bird all the its so cute an when she was born her mom got hit by a car so i thible fed her till i could bottle feed her an now shes a full grown healthy car an still acts like a kitten its so addorable

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      jesse 4 years ago

      my lil girl also like to be a lazy lil one and i have pics of her on my facebook an myspace of her as a kitten if anyone interested let me no she a cute chantilly

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      Sherry 4 years ago

      Just be careful - some have issues with corn in their food. Corn can give them awful gas! We have ours own a grain-free diet and we're all happier for it.

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      Ricardo 4 years ago

      Jesse what is You facebook page? I want to see your cat... Do you have instagram? I have some pictures of my cat there!!! Search for toolrick

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      Ricardo 4 years ago

      @valerie, how do I post my pictures in this forum?

      Ricardo

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      Maureen Campagna 3 years ago

      I have a Brown Chantilly and he has taught my tiger kitten to chirp.

      I would love to see a picture of a Lilac Chantilly.

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      valeriebelew 3 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Thanks so much for sharing that; it is both interesting and humorous.

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      Ann 2 years ago

      I am trying to find a Chantilly breeder- does anyone know of one??? I would so appreciate it.

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      Olgacat 2 years ago

      Of course, the hallmark of both Oriental and Siamese cats is their specific character)) http://cataristocrat.com/en/the-oriental/

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      Kathleen 2 years ago

      I have a Chantilly myself. His name is Colby and he is the most affectionate, sweetest cat I have ever seen.

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