Asian Semi Longhair: The Shy yet Surprisingly Affectionate and Possessive Bundle of Fur

Image showing Asian Semi Longhair cat
Jeremy Vaughn
Written by Jeremy Vaughn

If you are considering adopting an Asian Semi Longhair cat breed and welcoming them as a new member in your family, then you will be glad to know that you’re in for a lot of joyful times. This cat breed is known for their shy yet sometimes energetic demeanor and their craving for their parent’s attention. Perhaps now you’re wondering: “How much attention are we talking about here? Can I give it to them? Is this the perfect cat for my lifestyle?” Don’t worry; we’ll cover everything about this cat breed, so you’ll know whether the two of you will really click or not.

It might take some time to get an Asian Semi Longhair to open up to you, but once they have, they will follow you everywhere. If you’re looking for a cat that loves to cuddle with you and appreciates your attention so much that they can’t tolerate the presence of other cats, this is the one for you. We all secretly love it when others get all jealous and possessive of us, don’t we? This cat breed is also relatively low-maintenance. As long as you keep them exercised, you will be able to enjoy a good many years in their company.

Image showing Asian Semi Longhair cat sitting in the yard

We’ve compiled all available information on the Asian Semi Longhair into this one-stop-solution article. Owning a pet is a huge investment. There are medical bills to pay, cat food to buy, and then there is the time that you have to dedicate to your pet. That is why you have to select the cat breed that you want to bring home carefully. Without further ado, here’s what to expect from living with an Asian Semi Longhair.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: High
  • Grooming: Moderate
  • Health: Moderate
  • All Around Friendliness: Moderate
  • Exercise Needs: Very active
Cat Breed GroupSemi Long-Haired, Crossbreed
WeightMales: 8 – 15 pounds

Females: 7 – 13 pounds
Life Span12 – 15 years

The Asian Semi Longhair is very similar to the Asian Short Hair breed. The only difference, naturally, lies in the length of their hair, as their name suggests. Asian Semi Longhair is also commonly known to people as Tiffany or Tiffanie. This cat breed is fully recognized by The GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy).

One thing to note is that this cat breed originated from the United Kingdom and not from Asia as their name suggests. This breed is classified under the Asian cat group because it is a crossbreed between cats that originally came from Asia.

A black Asian Semi Longhair cat lying down

Asian Semi Longhair is a curious, active, and gentle breed. This cat is very friendly to adult owners. Tiffanie does not mind playing with your kids, but we do not recommend them for families that have kids younger than six years old because they are quiet cats that would shy away from rambunctious plays. This cat breed usually acts reserved around new faces.

Although these cats are normally calm and collected, they are quite active around the people they know and love. Owners will need to dedicate quite a lot of time to exercise the cat to keep them healthy. Tiffany is also very vocal, which makes them not a good fit for small apartments.

Asian Semi Longhair kitten looking at the camera

You can reduce these cats’ moderate shedding by grooming them regularly. Grooming them regularly offers benefits that include the removal of debris and loose hair as well as the stimulation of blood circulation. Other ways to reduce shedding include offering proper nutrition and containing the shedding to a small area like his or her own pet bed.

There are a variety of diseases that are known to affect this cat breed. People who intend to adopt this cat need to prepare on how they can handle various health conditions—for example, through ensuring their cat or by setting aside some money in their budget to cater for the cat’s health needs.

Main Highlights

  • This is a new breed, and thus there is still a lot left to learn about it. It was developed in the 1980s in the United Kingdom.
  • Since this cat is very curious, it is easy for you to teach them new tricks.
  • Asian Semi Longhair cats are usually calm, but they can get highly energetic around people they are familiar with. You will need to dedicate a few hours every day to exercise them.
  • This breed is compatible with dogs although they usually won’t thrive if there are other cats in the same house.
  • This cat breed is very vocal. They are not ideal for small apartments as their meowing can bother the neighbors.
  • With this cat breed, you should expect moderate shedding.
  • They are friendly especially around people that they know. They are also very affectionate.
  • They have the ability to adapt very easily to new environments. This is attributed to the fact that they usually bond with their owners quickly.

Breed History

Asian Semi Longhair is a breed that originated in an experimental breeding program conducted in the mid-1980s in the United Kingdom. The breeding program was initially aimed at breeding Burmilla—which as the name suggests, is a result of a crossbreeding between Burmese and Chinchilla.

Majestic Asian Semi-longhair looking at the camera

Although the Burmilla do not possess long hair, they do carry the gene. The researchers were startled by the fact that a few of the resulting kittens had semi-long hair instead of short hair. The kittens had a silky coat that was resistant to matting. Due to these great qualities, the researchers decided to create a new cat breed out of those kittens.

Over the years, Asian Semi Longhair cats gained popularity in different cat shows. In 2003, this breed was awarded championship status by the GCCF. In 2013, the GCCF of the United Kingdom recognized this cat as an independent breed.


Asian Semi Longhair cats to stand at a medium height compared to other cat breeds. As long you manage to keep this cat breed fed well, males will have a weight that ranges from 8 to 15 pounds while females will weigh between 7 and 13 pounds.

Black Chantilly Cat Breed lying down

They usually have a compact body, with their legs being slender but well-muscled. Also, this cat breed has hind legs that are slightly longer than the forelegs. They have a broad chest. Their face is round and small with round eyes, a short muzzle, and erect triangular ears. They have a very long and attractive tail.

Personality and Character

This cat breed is very loyal, loving, and at times dependent. These cats can keep themselves entertained through exploration when you’re not around, but when you’re around, they will be demanding a lot of attention from you.

Asian Semi Longhair getting close to the camera

Since this breed bonds very well with their owner, they are therefore very adaptable to any environment that you put them in. It is that very same attachment to their owners that makes them very jealous of other cats in the same household although they enjoy the company of dogs. They are known to be moderately friendly to people they are not used to, but won’t approach strangers on their own because they are a shy cat breed.

Health and Potential Problems

This cat breed is relatively healthy, but their genetic predisposition does make them vulnerable to certain diseases that are commonly found in Asian cats.

  • Infestations: This cat breed is very curious. Their love for exploration frequently exposes them to pests like fleas, ticks, ear mites, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworm, and roundworms.
  • Common Diseases: Asian Semi Longhair is a very sensitive breed, and hence they can easily pick up common cat diseases such as Feline Lower Urinary Tract diseases (FLUTD), diarrhea, and eye problems. To keep your cat safe, give him vaccines for common feline issues. Examples of diseases with readily available vaccines include feline enteritis and calicivirus.
  • Genetic Diseases: Being an Asian cat, one genetic problem that they might develop is Hypokalemic polymyopathy. This is a metabolic muscle weakness disorder. To avoid this health disorder, it is important that you only get your Asian Semi Longhair cat from reputable breeders who have proof of their genetic status.

Make sure that you check your cat regularly. In case you notice anything strange with them, you should take them to the vet immediately.

Care Features

Tiffany craves attention from you even though they can keep themselves entertained. They will become stressed out and lonely if you don’t spare some time each day just to cuddle with them and keep them company. Tiffany loves to be the only cat in the house. The presence of other cats around you makes this breed feel like they are not receiving enough care.

This cat breed has a lot of energy so also make sure to dedicate some of your time to fulfilling their daily quota of exercise. Exercise will help keep your cat healthy. It also improves the bond between you and your pet.

Close-up image of a tiffanie cat

Tiffany cats also have a high ability to learn since they are very curious. You can teach them tricks, but for your cat to understand, it is important to start the lessons while they are still very young.

It is often easy to satisfy this cat’s playful instincts through interactive games, scratching posts, and toy sets. They have the ability to quickly pick up new stunts and tricks which makes it easy for you to introduce new games to them.

Feeding Schedule

Leaving out food for this breed is something that you should avoid. This could cause unpleasant results like too much weight gain which may lead to obesity and other health problems. It is essential to give them high-quality food which contains all the necessary major nutrients and make sure that it contains animal-based protein, not plant-based. Make sure to give Tiffany wet food more frequently to keep them hydrated.

Chantilly-Tiffany Cat with his open mouth

Examples of foods that you should offer your cat include meat and fish-based general cat food. You can use the instructions provided on the food package as a guide to know how much you should feed your cat at a time.

In case you find that your cat is having issues with the food that you are giving them, this could be a sign of allergy, and you should take them to the vet immediately. The vet should give you further instructions on how to deal with this situation.

Coat, Color, and Grooming

Asian Semi Longhair cats have a shiny, luxurious, and silky coat. The color of their coat can be blue, black, chocolate, brown, or lilac. They have a bi-colored and stripped tabby color pattern. Their undercoat is usually white.


As for grooming, they are fairly easy to groom. They only need moderate grooming which involves brushing their hair at least once per week because their hair is not too long. You can bathe them once they begin to get stinky—which usually translates to one or two times a month. You should trim their nails when they grow too long.

While grooming, check their bodies for any rashes or sores. Also check their mouth, ears, and eyes for anything abnormal. If you do find anything abnormal, make sure that you immediately take him or her to the vet.

Children and Other Pets Compatibility

Asian Semi Longhair cats are usually compatible with kids as long as these children are above the age of six years. Any younger and the cat may not enjoy their excessive attention or possible hair-pulling and manhandling.

Beautiful Asian Semi Longhair cat

This cat breed is usually compatible with dogs. If you have a dog in your home and you still can afford to dedicate some amount of time to a cat, then Asian Semi Longhair is a perfect breed for you. We don’t recommend keeping them with other cats, though, because they usually see other cats as competition that inhibit their right to get all of your attention.

Wrap Up

The Asian Semi Longhair is a great cat breed. They are very friendly, smart, energetic, and active. They can quickly learn from you especially when they are kittens still. Teach this cat a trick, and in no time at all, he or she will have grasped it.

Satisfying their playful nature is very easy. They have a love of exploring, so buying or building a cat condo for them is recommended. Also, unlike other long-haired cats, Asian Semi Longhair does not need a lot of grooming. If you can just set aside a few minutes to brush them once a week, it will be enough to keep their coat looking good.

Close-up image of a Tiffany kitten

Tiffany is an attention seeker, and you should get this cat if you’re looking for someone to keep you company. Also, make sure that you do not own another cat before you purchase a Tiffanie because this cat breed is highly possessive. They won’t be happy to see other cats around their owner.

There are two negatives about this cat breed. The first one is that they are sensitive and hence may get infected with diseases easily if you don’t monitor their health closely. The second one is that they are very vocal.

Black Chantilly-Tiffany Cat lying down

The first one makes this cat breed a little bit expensive to own because you will need to set some money aside in your budget to care for him or her whenever they get sick. The second one makes them not an ideal choice if you live in an apartment. They are best-suited for people who:

  • Can dedicate a lot of time to their cats.
  • Are not living in small apartments.
  • Active and can dedicate some time to playing with their pet. The cat breed is usually very active.
  • Are prepared to handle a jealous and possessive cat.
  • Are fond of cats that love to explore.

Do you think this is the right cat breed for you? Or maybe you are already living with an Asian Semi Longhair cat? If yes, please share your knowledge and experience with us in the comments section below!

About the author
Jeremy Vaughn
Jeremy Vaughn

Jeremy Vaughn is a member of Canadian Professional Pet Stylists, who lives in Winnipeg. Creating new looks for cats and other pets is his passion. Jeremy shares his house with the wife and wonderful Siamese cat.