With Fabio-like locks and the voice of a songbird, the Chantilly was born to be a star. Surprisingly, the breed has very un-diva-like origins: the breeding pair responsible for today’s Chantilly were yard-sale finds. In 1967 a pair of luxuriously long-hared, chocolate-colored cats, Thomas and Shirley, were purchased from an estate sale in New York. Nobody knows quite where Thomas and Shirley came from, or what breeds might be their foundation, but their striking good looks and easy-going temperament made them appealing candidates for a breeding program, and in 1969, Thomas and Shirley became proud parents.
Chocolate-“coated” and “sweet” tempered, the Chantilly has been described as the “Chocoholics Delight”. Despite such an appealing moniker, the Chantilly is an incredibly rare breed. Early breeders hypothesized that the Chantilly might be in some way descended from another chocolate-coated breed, the Burmese; that proved not to be the case.
Unfortunately, the Chantilly has more aliases than a secret agent. The breed was originally registered under the name “Foreign-Longhairs” until it was decided, and rightly so, that this was a generic and bland name. “Tiffany” was proposed, a name associated with elegance and class. Unfortunately, “Tiffanie” was already being used by another breed in development, and so breeders (mostly) settled on Chantilly. Also unfortunately, because the ACA dropped the breed from the registry for being too rare, some breeders began listing their cats as long-haired Burmese (which they definitely were not)! It’s possible the true identity of some of Thomas’ and Shirley’s decedents were lost in the naming shuffle.
Appearance / health:
Though the Chantilly has a medium-sized build, their considerable coat makes them appear much bigger. They are described as having a “semi-foreign” type build, which describes a medium bone structure with long lines and a body slightly thicker than the slender “foreign type”. Their coat is silky-textured and full, semi-long over the body with full neck ruff, plumed tail, and long ear tufts. Despite its length and apparent fullness, the Chantilly does not have a double-coat, and thus does not require the extensive grooming of other long haired breeds. Though the Chantilly is less prone to mats and tangles, they should still be brushed regularly to remove loose hair and prevent hair balls.
High cheekbones, a gently sloped nose, and a short, broad muzzle give the Chantilly a well-proportioned and attractive face. Their large, expressive eyes are oval-shaped, and come in shades of yellow, gold, or amber.
Though chocolate is the original color for which the Chantilly is most famous, they may also be cinnamon, fawn, lilac, or blue in either solid or tabby patterns.
Behavior / temperament:
Though describing the chocolate-colored Chantilly as “sweet” is a fun play on words, it’s also a very accurate description of the breed. The Chantilly is devoted to their owners. They’re not demanding, but given the opportunity, they love to be lavished with attention, and to show their owners great affection in return. They may be more inclined to attach themselves very closely to a single person in the household, though they remain friendly with everyone. They don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time, and an anxious Chantilly may be prone to over-grooming, or hair pulling. The Chantilly gets along well with other pets, and having another cat whom they can befriend may help with any separation anxiety. Easy-going and mild, they also do well in families with children. They may be reserved around strangers, but become very friendly once they’ve gotten to know someone.
They are moderately actively, and though they can playful, they are not particularly mischievous. They’re not much for climbing, jumping, and exploring, so your fine China is probably safe around the Chantilly.
The Chantilly is not an overly vocal cat, but when they do communicate, they do so through a series of soft, musical chirps and trilling sounds.
beautiful cat, incredible sensitivity, singing voice
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