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Asian Longhair Breed Summary

Active, Curious, Gentle

The Asian Longhair is a cat breed similar to the Asian Shorthair, except for long, silky hair! This kitty is also known by the name Tiffanie and they’re recognised in all of the Asian Shorthair and Burmese colours and patterns.

The Asian Longhair is a furr-iendly cat that’s very lovable and affectionate, much like their relative, the Burmese. These kitties enjoy being in the company of their humans and they’re likely to follow them around the house. Be careful to provide your Asian Longhair with plenty of attention, otherwise they may become rather chatty and demand it from you!

A sociable cat, the Asian Longhair isn’t shy around guests and they like to interact and play with other feline friends and cat-friendly dogs, especially if it provides them with company while their family are out and about.

Lifespan 12 – 15 years
Height (at the withers) Males: Up to 30cm, females are just a little bit shorter
Weight Males: 3.6kg – 6.8kg, Females: 3.2kg – 5.9kg
Coat Silky and smooth fur that’s medium to long in length
Colour Black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, caramel, apricot, cinnamon, fawn, black, tortie, silver
Eye colour Green, yellow
Common health issues Heart, renal and periodontal diseases
Other Names Tiffanie, Tiffany
Inheriting a sense of mischievousness from their Burmese ancestry and the kind, gentle nature of their Chinchilla Persian parentage, the Asian Longhair is a fur-bulous, entertaining and affectionate addition to the family.

It doesn’t take much to spark this kitty’s curiosity and they can often be found venturing around the home, especially to out of bound areas! Puzzle toys, interactive play and a scratching post or two will help to satisfy this spirited cat’s playful nature. Because of their intelligence, these cats are also quick to learn new tricks and practices in the home.

A chatty cat, the Asian Longhair is quick to let you know their opinion on most matters, especially when it comes to how much attention they’re receiving. Highly demanding in personal attention, Asian Longhairs usually stick close to their owner and may get jealous of other pets who share their human’s attention. When they do have the full attention of their family, these kitty’s love to be cuddled and adored.

It may come as a surprise that despite the Asian Longhair’s name, they actually originated in Britain. Being bred from cats of Asian background, the Asian Longhair is the result of an unplanned mating between a Burmese and Chinchilla Persian that occurred in Britain in the 1980s, led by a breeding programme run by Baroness Miranda von Kirchberg. The resultant kittens attracted breeders who wanted to develop this new breed in their own right. They also wanted to further develop their range of colours, patterns and coats through more selective breeding experiments.

The Asian Group Cat Society (AGCS) was set up in 1985 to develop a group of cats, which the Asian Longhair is a part of. The advancement to fully recognise the Asian Longhair was undesirably slow and it’s been difficult to trace the progression of this breed due to the lack of data. While the breed has yet to be recognised by any United States registries, they are gaining more and more admirers. In 2003, the Asian Longhair was awarded the championship status by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and they also received full recognition by the council.