Chantilly - Tiffany Cat - Breed Profile
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- Not long ago, the Chantilly was thought to be extinct until a pair of
chocolate kittens were found in a New York estate sale in 1967, which marks
their American beginning. Thankfully, the kittens were not related as DNA
proved and, also equally thankfully, they were male and female. It was not
known prior to breeding them what their heritage was, or even if they were a
particular breed. However, when the pair's offspring completely duplicated
themselves in build, color, and coat texture, it was obvious that they,
indeed, were a breed. The question was what breed as no one was familiar
with these cats and their offspring. After some research, it was discovered
that they were from an otherwise thought extinct breed, the Tiffany;
Chantilly was added later which caused the name to be Chantilly/Tiffany, as
they were known until just a handful of years ago.
In recent history, the name Tiffany was dropped from the Chantilly name due
to conflict caused in judging circles and confusion caused by another UK
breed, the Tiffanie, which began its roots in London, 1981. It was also
rumored, incorrectly, that the Chantilly was also out of the Burmese gene
The exact origin of the breed is unknown, although it is thought that the UK
is the beginning place.
Currently, the breed is almost extinct; there are only three actively
breeding females, one is a solid lilac, a solid blue and a solid chocolate.
Colors and Coats Types Available - Traditionally, the Chantilly's
signature color is solid chocolate; however, it is now presented in blue,
black, and lavender, also in tabby patterns of each of these colors. Fawn
and cinnamon were also produced, however, with the ever shrinking gene pool,
those colors, to the best of this author's knowledge, have been lost.
The coat is semi-long, absent of undercoat and is cloud soft. Due to lack of
undercoat, the Chantilly does not shed and there are reports that the
Chantilly is also, to a degree, hypoallergenic.
Grooming and Care - Since the coat is silky soft and
in the absence of an undercoat, grooming is very minimal. A comb ran through
the coat once a week is sufficient. The Chantilly is known for waxy ears, so
care should be taken that the ears are cleaned using only a cotton ball and
feline ear cleaner.
Suitable Environment - The Chantilly is non-aggressive and most often
will either roll up into a ball, or hide behind or under furniture in the
case of a disagreement. It is usually the Chantilly that needs to be rescued
from inhouse pet arguments and it usually is not the Chantilly that started
the argument. As a general rule, the Chantilly accepts established pets
quite well and welcomes new pets without fuss. The Chantilly is very
intelligent, soft spoken, speaking in chirps and trills instead of the
conventional meow. They get along equally well in a quiet household, or in a
busy, noisy household. As with all pets, the Chantilly should be treated
with respect and kindness from young children and larger family pets.
Personality Traits - Loving, intelligent, graceful,
capable of human-like love. Males typically will bond with one person and
females typically will bond with the family. Your Chantilly will always know
where you are, whether they are off playing, eating, or napping. When you
move, they are right behind you. They also do what I call the 'Chantilly
Roll' and one must be careful. This roll begins when your Chantilly will run
directly in your path, throw itself down on the floor and roll over onto
it's back, exposing the underbelly for those much sought after and beloved
"tummy rubs". Many a kitten has been stepped on while attempting this
maneuver. The Chantilly is soft; soft in expression, soft in voice, soft in
love, soft in life.
The Chantilly is not a large cat; males are about ten pounds
with females just behind. They are the quintessential and perfect lap cat.
The Chantilly lives for one thing...to be loved by their person or their
family. They are difficult to cage or to keep off in a room by themselves
because they are driven to be with the ones they love and have been known to
injure themselves in this quest.
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