The Semi-Longhaired variety of the Asian group first made an appearance in the mid-1980s, as a consequence of the experimental breeding programme for the Burmilla in the UK. When Burmillas carrying the longhair gene were bred together, some of the resulting kittens were semi-longhaired, with silky medium length coats that did not tangle and had none of the potential grooming problems of their parent breed, the Chinchilla. At first, these kittens were not taken seriously and were more or less disregarded as an offshoot of the main aim of breeding silver shaded Shorthairs. However, a small group was determined to achieve recognition for these most attractive cats, and very slowly the Tiffanies gained more admirers despite their much slower progress in comparison with the Burmilla and other Asian Shorthairs. The Tiffanie was given Preliminary GCCF recognition along with the other 4 Asian varieties in 1991, and was the final variety to gain Championship status in 2003. A number of dedicated breeders are still working hard to improve the type further, but progress still tends to be slow.