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Longhair Burmilla - Australian Tiffanie - Tiffanie

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Longhair Burmilla Cat - Breed Profile

Also referred to as: Australian Tiffanie - Tiffanie

The Longhair Burmilla Breed profile submitted by Tina Teasdale of Shantinga Cattery

Breed Description and Pictures Submitted by: Unknown

Once upon a time in a far flung part of the world there was a handsome Chinchilla Prince and a lively Burmese Princess … in love but forever separated by a forbidding door.  One day the Queen left the door ajar … and the rest is history.  Soon little Burmillas spread all across the lands … beautiful little creatures with amazing temperaments, black mascara eye lining and lovely short manageable coats of silver - tipped with subtle shades of colour.  Lo and behold, there appeared a little semi-longhaired version … all fluffy and gorgeous … and the people rejoiced … a new breed was born … the Tiffanie. 

 Well, that's the story of how the Tiffanie (registered as Longhair Burmilla) came in to being in Australia.  Soon two Sydney Burmilla breeders (Colleen Walters and Tina Teasdale) decided that this new little creature was too precious to ignore - so they worked out a breeding program and applied for permission to develop a separate semi-longhair breed calling it the “Australian Tiffanie”. (This was later shortened to “Tiffanie” as a marketing name, but registered by Silvertails breeders with the Cat Fanciers Association Of NSW as “Longhair Burmillas”.)  Permission was granted and the fun and challenges began. 

Within a year many new breeders came on board and the Silvertails Cat Club was formed.  Today this Club has many registered breeders working together and united in their aims of providing kittens of the highest caliber in terms of health, temperament and beauty.  Please feel free to contact any of the breeders on our list to ask about the special qualities of this beautiful cat … they will be happy to speak with you about owning, or the fun of exhibiting at cat shows

The Longhair Burmilla (or Tiffanie)

For those who love the Chinchilla look (but don't want the high maintenance) … and for those who love the Burmese (but want a more mellow cat that's happy to live indoors) … the Tiffanie is perfect.

Their 'Look'

They probably resemble most the old style Chinchilla with a slightly longer nose but with the same sweet expression.  The eyes have it! With incredible apple green eyes and black mascara - type lining … they prompt the question "How long does it take for her to put on her makeup?" Their luxurious silver coat is tipped or shaded in an ethereal mantle of black, blue, brown, chocolate and lilac and this is complemented by a magnificent  plumed tail. 


In each litter we find kittens that express the temperament (more or less) from both sides of their ancestry … some are more laid back like the Chinchilla and some are more outgoing and demanding - like the Burmese.  Generally though they represent the middle ground.  It's wise to speak with the breeder and the right kitten will be selected for any given situation.

For families, apartment dwellers, young couples and single people … this is the ideal cat.  Like their Persian ancestors they are quite content to sit on a bed and contemplate their beauty in the mirror … but then their Burmese ancestry surfaces and they will bound around non-stop playing soccer with a ping pong ball. Highly intelligent, they seem to know when the children are coming home from school … or the imminent arrival of their carer … and it's quite usual to find them sitting at the door waiting for a cuddle or hoping for a play.  Tina Teasdale, breeder and President of the Silvertails, has found them incredibly easy to clicker train - and other members have succeeded in teaching them to  walk on a lead.

Their voice is soft and musical but they will always let you know what they want … but in a sweet way.  As with all kittens they will do the naughty things like trying to cover the house in toilet tissue … or using Mum's best leather lounge to sharpen their little claws.  This is where we need to discipline - saying firmly "NO" … but at the same time having a scratching post and lots of toys for distraction - especially whilst you're at work or the kids are at school. As adults they're quite happy at home alone but I always leave the TV running as a companion to a single cat. Sibling kittens are the ideal choice if you have the resources since they will be bonded for life, have constant companionship (ideal for working owners) and give you hours of enjoyment watching their antics - especially when they're little kittens.

Coat and Maintenance:

The coat of the kittens being produced from the first generation onwards  has shown itself to be low maintenance.  This means that they need to be groomed regularly - but not necessarily every day.  Grooming any kitten or cat builds up a close bond, saves loss of hair on the furniture - and helps prevent hair balls. Washing isn't necessary if you keep your cat indoors (highly desirable) and groom regularly.

With a comb through every three or four days the coat will stay beautiful and silky.  If not groomed it will build up with excess coat … but is unlikely to matt like the Persian coat.  Clipping the claws, wiping the eyes and ears completes the beauty treatment.  Exquisite!


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