The Tiffanie first appeared in the mid-1980s and is the only semi-longhaired variety in a group of breeds called the Asian Group by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). This name is used for cats with Burmese shape and coat texture (but not Burmese coat colour, pattern, or length) descended from Burmese crossed with other pedigreed cats, and includes the Asian Self, Asian Smoke, Asian Tabby, Bombay (a black Asian Self), and the Burmilla (a Burmese x Chinchilla cross). The Burmilla, also known as Asian Shaded, originated in the UK in 1981 as the result of an "accidental" mating between a Persian Chinchilla and a Burmese and, although a breed in its own right, is also the founding breed of the Asian Group. The first Tiffanies were actually semi-long haired Burmillas with a shaded pattern, although they are now bred in the full range of Asian colours and coat patterns. Interestingly, the Asian Group was the first pedigree cat breed in the UK to include good temperament as part of their points standard. The Tiffanie is not to be confused with the very rare breed American Tiffany, also known as the Chantilly, which is a completely different breed.
Read our Tiffanie Buying Advice page for information on this cat breed.