The origin of this breed is not fully known. In 1967, in connection with an estate sale, two solid chocolate cats with golden eyes were discovered. New York breeder, Jennie Robinson (Neotype Cattery)
was able to adopt them. They turned out not to be related, and luckily they were male and female. They were given the names "Thomas" and "Shirley".
At first they were just called Foreign Longhair.
And the first litter was born in 1969. Six Chocolate colored kittens with golden eyes. A breeding program was started. Thomas and Shirley had several litters through the years. In 1970 the cats were registered in ACA (American Cat Association) as Foreign Longhair.
Some kittens were sold to Signy Lund (Sig Tim Hil Cattery) in Florida, and she changed their name to Tiffany, because show judges had the opinion that Foreign Longhair was a too general description.
In the end the breed was eleminated from ACA because they were too few.
It was believed that they were a cross between Burmese and Himalayan, but this was later found not to be correct.
It has also been believed that they were a deviation from the Angora breeding program, but this also turned out to be wrong.
A Canadian breeder worked on developing the breed together with
Robinson and Lund. And TICA (The International Cat Association) accepted the breed in 1979. It was first included under the group for Burmese, even if the now called Tiffany proved to have nothing to do with the Burmese breed.
In the beginning of the -90ties the work was done to have it registered as a breed by itself.But there was another European breed called the Tiffanie, registered with the British GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy ) .
A breed that was a cross between a Chinchilla Persian and a Burmese and it had already been named the "Tiffanie". The name of the Tiffany was then changed to the Chantilly in -92 in USA and Canada to avoid confusion between the two breeds, In Europe some still
call the breed Tiffany. Or Chantilly-Tiffany.
Because of too much in-breeding by some breeders, the immunsystem of the breed became really bad, and many breeders gave up as they lost
multitude of litters to infections and pneumonia. The only Cattery left in USA was Amorino Cattery, but the breed was still treatened by extinction, due to the lack of cats in a breeding program.
stopped to register Chantillys as they became too few. The only cat organisation in the USA still accepting the Chantilly as a breed at the moment is ACFA ( American Cat Fanciers Association).The breed is still considered an Experimental Breed due to the small
number of cats.
Because of the bad immunesystem of the breed , work will have to be done to strengthen it again if there should be a chance for the breed to continue. Because it is still
an Experimental Breed ,ACFA accept the Chantilly to be out-crossed with Havana Brown, Nebelung and Somali. And this will be necessary to strengthen its health.
I am working in
a close relationship with the breeder of Amorino Cattery, Annie Davenport, and together we have started the work to do our little part in keeping the breed alive, and hopefully develop.
adopted one male Chantilly from her, which came to Norway in Sept. 2012. The cat named Frosty is a full Chantilly, solid chocolate, and was mated to my female Nebelung, adopted from LePors Cattery in Canada. This female, named Nova, had spent some time with
Amorino Cattery in USA. And in April 2012, Annie Davenport brought her to me in Norway. Annie stayed two weeks with me to help me set up my cattery and teach me what I needed to know. Annie is well qualified as she has been a Breed Chair for the Chantilly
breed with ACFA.
Frosty and Nova had ONE kitten on Febr. 8th 2013. This kitten, a female, has been named Acey, meaning number one. Acey has proved to be a very healthy kitten so far, and our
hope is that her standards will show that she can be used in our breeding program to help save the Chantilly from extinction.