The Tiffanie is a relatively new breed, which is now growing quite rapidly in popularity. It is actually the longhaired form of the Burmese and closely resembles this breed in temperament. Although the Brown form was originally most common, a growing range of colours is being developed in association with this breed, just as has occurred in the case of the Burmese itself. This has encouraged the interest of breeders, with new varieties still being developed.
The dark markings on the heads of these cats are a reflection of their Burmilla ancestry. This particular breed arose as the result of an accidental mating between a Burmese and a Chinchilla Longhair.
- BREED DEVELOPED: 1980s
- COUNTRY: United Kingdom
- TYPE: Longhair
- BODY SHAPE: Muscular, strong
- WEIGHS UP TO: 5.5kg/I 2lb
- PLUS POINTS: Lively disposition and elegant appearance
- WATCH POINTS: Difficult to identify shaded and tipped individuals as kittens
The development of the Tiffanie was unplanned, being the result of a breeding programme which gave rise to the Burmilla breed. Initially, these cats were described as Asian Longhairs, but then when their true identity was understood, their name was changed to Tiffanie, in deference to the American breed of this name that already existed. The difference in spelling was necessary because a breeder in the UK already had the name of Tiffany registered as a prefix and so it could not be used for the breed. This caused confusion, because it then emerged that these cats were not actually of the same ancestry,since that of the American cats was unknown and may not have involved Burmese cats at all.
The blue shade in the case of Blue Shaded Tiffanie is bluish-grey, with the undercoat being white. The bases of the guard hairs are similarly coloured, with the blue colouring extending down each hair from the tips. This is often most pronounced on the sides of the body, particularly the flanks, with the underparts being whitish. The coat is fine and silky, and semi-long – less profuse than a Persian. During the colder months, when the coat is at its longest, there is a ruff around the lower neck. The tail is plumed with long hair. The eye colour of these cats should be a rich golden yellow.
- Both the longhaired gene and the shaded coat characteristic were originally introduced to the Tiffanie from the Chinchilla Persian, which founded the Burmilla bloodline.
- `Tiffany’ was chosen by an American breeder, taken from a theatre in Los Angeles, because she felt it summed up the outgoing nature of the US breed, and its exotic appearance.
- Young Tiffanies have shorter coats than adults, and are also significantly paler in coloration. Their shading will become more prominent as they grow older.