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Asian Semi-longhair cat (Tiffanie)
Federations: LOOF, WCF, GCCF

At first sight, the Tiffanie is defined by its owners as a cat “aristocratic”: refined, sociable, quiet, often with an air of dignity.

Asian Semi-longhair



The history of the origins of Tiffanie (or Asian Semi-longhair cat) differs slightly from hobbyist to hobbyist. But, all agree that the first kittens Tiffanie They were born from the mating of a Burma and cats Chinchilla. The origin may go back even further and may include the Persian cats and the races of Angora. Whether it is a deliberate crossing or not, the beauty of the resulting kittens prompted the Baroness to repeat the experiment and start a breeding program to produce Burmeses of payment, better known today as Burmilla. Some of the kittens obtained had a color that did not fit the criteria for the Persian chinchilla, or its fur was too long. But, became the founders of the Asian races and Tiffanie respectively.

Due to its relatively recent creation, a lot of people confuse the Tiffany (spelled Tiffanie in the UK) with a American Burmese long-haired or with his distant American cousin the Chantilly-Tiffany Cat. Confusion has persisted for a long time even in America: beyond their physical resemblance, the two breeds developed at similar times and shared the same name until 1992. To limit the risks of selling “fake Tiffanys”, now only cats resulting from crosses between English Burmese are allowed to be registered as Tiffanys, persian chinchillas, Asians or other Tiffanys.

Despite these efforts, difficulties in accurately identifying the origins of the Tiffanie make it difficult for them to be recognized as a breed in their own right. With the exception of the Australian National Cats (or ANCats), who recognized the breed in 1999, y el British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (recognition in 2003), other important feline associations, like the LOOF in France, consider that the Tiffanie is a simple long-haired variant of the Birman.

Whatever the name or status of the cat, their representatives are especially present in Australia, the United Kingdom (your country of origin), as well as in Canada and the United States.

Physical characteristics

The Tiffanie (or Asian Semi-longhair cat) it's a ball of muscle buried under silky fur. Many agree that he is the height of a Birman with long hair. It is a medium linear cat with a semi-foreal subtype. His body is medium in size and lighter than it seems. The legs are slim and proportionate to the body, with the rear ones higher than the front ones. The tail is moderately thick at the base and tapers to a rounded tip, like a feather. If carried back over the body, should reach the cat's shoulders. Females tend to be thinner than males.

Photograph of a Tiffany cat called Kumori – Jennie Kondo (Jennie Valdivieso Kondo – Grialte), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The head it is medium size, but it must be quite high, with rounded skull top. The face has a rather triangular shape, with wide cheekbones, cheeks compact, with a marked stop and a delicate chin without protrusions. The nose is straight, neither too short nor too long. The eyes they are big, oblique and far apart. Its color can vary from gold to amber green. Other eye colors are allowed depending on the cat's coat color, but solid green eyes are considered a fault by the standards, regardless of the associated coat color. The ears they are fine, large and slightly inclined forward, moderate in size. They are widely separated on the skull and rounded at the tip. There may be a tarsus inside, and a discreet plumage is accepted.

Last, the Tiffany has a fur dense, with an undercoat that is usually white, but fine enough to avoid the knot problems that are common in long-haired cats. The top layer is thin, silky and shiny, and forms a collar on the neck and shoulders. It is located along the spine and extends over the breeches, under the belly and on the tail. Ghost brindle markings on non-agouti adults are penalizing, except in the case of kittens or orange cats.

Relatively little shed, and is especially recommended for cats with allergies.

Measurements of the "Asian Semi-longhair cat (Tiffanie)"

Height: Of 20 – 25 cm.
Male weight: 5 – 7 kg
female weight: 3,5 – 5 kg


The "Asian Semi-longhair cat (Tiffanie)" is available in a wide range of colors. Allowable coat patterns are identical to Burmese and Asian: solid, striped, silver, ticked and smoked.

None of these traits are favored or more sought after than another in feline shows..

Character and skills

At first sight, the Tiffanie is defined by its owners as a cat “aristocratic”: refined, sociable, quiet, often with an air of dignity. But, Beneath his calm demeanor lies an energy and curiosity inherited from his eastern ancestors..

A white male Tiffanie (Asian Semi-longhair) cat presented at TUROK cat show Turku 2008 – Finland: Heikki Siltala, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Moderately active, but mischievous enough to liven up any home, the Tiffanys they are very close to their owners. He does not hesitate to ask for his share of pampering and attention with many purrs and meows, in addition to chatting with the different people in the family for no particular reason. But, he also knows how to be discreet when his master wants to go about his affairs in peace.

They are not very aggressive and adapt easily to new environments, They are also kind to other animals in the house and to strangers, as long as they respect your quiet time. But, some cats are jealous of other cats if they get too close to their favorite master.
Beware of possible fights!

Apart from these rare cases of jealousy, the affectionate temperament of Tiffanie and its general characteristics make it a suitable cat breed for children, but also in a breed of cat recommended for lonely older people.

The Tiffanie, a house cat, she is a tireless player once the game is on. Beware of fragile objects that can get in the way during your gaming sessions. To channel your excess energy, a cat tree and cat toys are essential. His intelligence and attachment to his owner also allow him to try to teach his cat tricks and commands., such as looking for a toy.


Thanks to its multiple crosses, the "Asian Semi-longhair cat (Tiffanie)" it has a diversified gene pool that makes it quite resistant to diseases that its ancestors could suffer from. Its average life expectancy is estimated to be about 17 years, like his cousin the Burmilla, as long as, of course, is properly fed and cared for.

But, if you want to raise your cat, it is important to be tested for polycystic kidney disease, especially if you have a Persian ancestor. Before any possible acquisition from a breeder of Tiffanie, It is possible to – if not spontaneously, as it should be normally – ask you to provide the kitten and parent screening test results. Cat tests cost between 45 and 75 EUR.

It also, kittens of some lines may have significant umbilical hernias, whose correction requires a small surgical intervention.

Life expectancy

16 years.


The Tiffanie (or Asian Semi-longhair cat) should be brushed daily to avoid the development of tangles in the hindquarters. But, unlike some long-haired breeds, they lose very little hair, even during the move, which makes them a hypoallergenic breed of cats. The frequency of brushing the cat's hair does not have to increase at this time.

But, it is necessary to check the ears regularly. Cats produce slightly more earwax than the average cat, but they are not more efficient in cleaning. Thus, it is important to help you in this task, to avoid infections such as cat otitis.


Being the Tiffanie a gluttonous cat, it is recommended to pay attention to the quantity and quality of your food, to avoid any problem of overweight or even obesity of the cat. Vigilance is all the more necessary since its semi-long coat can easily camouflage its curves..

For sale "Asian Semi-longhair cat (Tiffanie)"

A kitten Tiffanie male without castrar sells himself between 400 and 1.500 EUR, according to his lineage. The price of a kitten Tifanny is slightly higher, but it does not exceed 1.600 EUR.

Characteristics "Asian Semi-longhair cat (Tiffanie)"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Asian Semi-longhair cat (Tiffanie)" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.


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