Tiffanies have characteristics of their Burmese and Persian Chinchilla relatives. Their body type is similar to the Burmese (solid and muscular), and the facial markings look much like the Persian Chinchillas (shaded).
The Tiffanie’s coat is fine and silky. The ruff around the next is thicker than the fur on other parts of the body, and the tail looks like a plume. They are available in the same colors seen in the Burmese and other Asian breeds.
Tiffanies are friendly and outgoing. They are gentle, mellow cats who love to spend time just curled up in your lap. They also like to play and are very intelligent. They like to play fetch with a favorite toy, and generally get along well with other pets.
Although the Tiffanie’s coat is medium length and silky, it doesn’t tangle. These cats only need brushing about once a week.
Tiffanies need a lot of attention and don’t do well if kept in isolation.
Although they have fur that is on the long side, they do not need frequent grooming.
Tiffanies are not common in the U.S. and can be hard to come by.
The Tiffanie originated in England after an accidental mating between Burmese and Persian Chinchilla cats. The resulting cats were both short and longhaired. The shorthaired variety became known as the Burmilla.
In 1980, experimental breedings of Burmillas resulted in longhaired kittens. A group of breeders worked to gain recognition of these cats as a separate breed. In 1991, the breed was recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), a British organization.
The breed is not currently recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA), the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) or the American Cat Fanciers Association (AFCA).