Called in the early days as Australian Tiffanie, it was first recognised by the GCCF in 1989. The Tiffanie is the outcome of the experimental breeding programme for the Burmilla in UK. The main aim of breeding Burmilla, which came from an unintended mating between a Chinchilla and a Burmese, is to have silver shaded Shorthairs. However, kittens having semi-longhaired type of Burmilla came out. As such, the Tiffanie Cat got its shape and coat texture (but not its coat colour, pattern or length) from the Burmese cat breed. As it did not meet the goal, it was not given enough attention, until certain breeders took interest in its luxurious coat. They decided to further develop this particular feline type as a separate breed. In 1999, the Australian Tiffanie was recognised in New South Wales. Years later, it gained its Championship status in 2003. Despite the only semi-longhaired cat belonging to Asian Group, the Tiffanie participated in the Foreign Shorthaired Section of a GCCF show.
The Tiffanie breed is a naturally occurring longhaired that was born through the shorthair programme of the Burmilla. A longhaired cat coming from a shorthaired cat is unsurprising considering the Burmilla’s parent breed, the Chinchilla, which is a strikingly white longhaired feline.