About the Chantilly

About the Chantilly

Appearance –

Eyes: Their smoldering gold or green eyes “a pearly depth” intensify with age reaching their full splendor around two years of age, and sometimes have a green halo around the pupil. Eye color of a young Chantilly tends to be a very bright and clear yellow while the cat is young. As the cat becomes older, the color will become more pearl golden or green.

Body: A semi-foreign cat of striking appearance resulting from the combination of its rich color and full, silky semi-longhair coat, plumed tail, contrasting neck ruff, and ear furnishings. They usually weigh between 8 – 12 pounds.

Head: The head is described as a broad, modified wedge with gentle curves. It should have a medium length nose, and a broad nose bridge. The muzzle is strong, broad, short, and softly squared, with high cheek bones.

Chantilly Cat Fancy 1995 pt 3
Chantilly Fax O’ Life Featured in a Cats Magazine Article December 1995

Coat: The semi-long coat is silky, soft and smooth; with no undercoat. Making grooming simpler than that of cats with an undercoat. The Chantilly-Tiffany originated in a chocolate color, but now is accepted in a range of colors including chocolate, blue, cinnamon, lilac, and fawn…The most recent color being developed in the early 2000s by Tracy Oraas was black. A Chantilly breeder in Germany advertised, breeding Chantillys that came in red and cream coat colors. Accepted patterns are solid and tabby. The color is rich; shading in solids may occur toward the underside.


The Chantilly/Tiffany is a loyal, and affectionate dog-like companion that is not overly demanding or mischievous. They often will stay on the floor and not climb around much, preferring the company of human companionship over other amusements. They are a gentle breed, easily manageable, and not a territorial. They get along well with children of all ages and other pets. They usually develop a close bond to one or a few people in the home. If they see you as their person, they follow you constantly and respond their name when called. They are surprisingly friendly, but conservative around strangers. Chantilly’s do not do well in endless hours of solitude, and become quite lonely. Owners who are away from home a lot, might want to get a second companion to keep them company. Other characteristics of the Chantilly is conversing in quiet “chirps” or trills, and will occasionally treat their owner to a game of fetch.

Health and Grooming:

The Chantilly has great overall health. They do have some digestive issues which often can be fixed through a grain free diet. The Chantilly’s silky soft coat is easy to groom and not prone to matting. The Chantilly can have a bad habit of hair pulling. A lower stress environment and regular grooming can prevent this.


The Chantilly-Tiffany is slow to mature and usually does not come into its full stature until about two years old. Chantilly mothers are often not in a great hurry to ween their young.

Chantilly Cats and Travel-

These loving creatures can travel surprisingly well for long distances. Rather it be by vehicle or plane as long as their peoples are by their side they don’t complain or fuss much. If one ever gets a chance to take their Chantilly to town, they do travel well on a leash, and respond well to strangers. The best suggestion is whenever larger unfamiliar dogs are present is to keep a pet carry bag with you to keep them out of their reach.