Chausie at a Glance
Curious and intelligent, Chausie (pronounced chow-see) cats like to explore cupboards and be in the middle of everything. Their playful demeanor often lasts well into adulthood making these domestic cats intriguing companions. They are easy to groom. Find out more about this breed and if the Chausie is right for you and your family.
Temperament: Loyal, Fearless, Loving
- Kitten is medium- 3 lbs. at 12 weeks.
- Medium-to-large size male adult cat 15 lbs., females are 15 percent smaller
Colors: Brown Ticked Tabby and Black Grizzled Tabby
Life Expectancy: 12-18+ years
About the Chausie
Affectionate, active, people-oriented cats, Chausies are all about pleasing their humans and giving out lots of love and attention. They are highly intelligent and very talkative. Chausies love to learn new tricks —playing fetch and walking on a leash are two of their most successful abilities. Constantly curious, their playful demeanor stays with them long into adulthood, making them seem forever young.
Active, playful, and outgoing, on the energy scale Chausie’s are an eleven. People considering this breed should be prepared for a cat that gets into everything… all the time. They love the challenge of getting into a cabinet and removing its contents. As a result, many owners have been known to install child proof latches. Chausie’s are active for long periods of the day and require a lot of interaction and playtime. They like to run and have been known to jump six feet straight up in the air.
Due to their high activity level, Chausies don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time and do well with a companion cat. They are best suited for adults and families without young children. Despite their high energetic traits, they are still affectionate and form strong and loving bonds with their families.
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The Chausie is a very low maintenance cat that only needs to be combed occasionally and doesn’t need to be bathed.
As with all cats, trim their nails once a month, clean their ears and brush their teeth regularly with a vet-approved pet toothpaste and provide a nice tall scratching pole to help their natural scratching instinct.
Chausie cats are very active so they don’t gain weight easily. They should be fed twice a day. They do best with high-quality canned food. Treats should be provided on demand.
As with all cats, it is important to give your cat fresh, clean water daily. Fresh, clean water is best, so cats don’t hesitate to drink. If you worry about your cat drinking enough water each day, here's a tip from cat behaviorists - place the water bowl at least three feet away from any food. Cats’ noses are sensitive and an overwhelming smell of food may cause them to drink less. Filtered drinking fountains can also be used in place of a water bowl.
The Chausie is considered an overall healthy breed. However, it is recommended that their vaccinations and parasite treatments are kept up to date.
The Jungle Cat has an extensive history dating back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. These cats were domesticated by the Egyptians because of their easy-going temperaments and adept hunting skills. Mummified Jungle Cats have been discovered in Egyptian tombs attesting to the high regard in which they were held. These magnificent cats were often mummified with their owners in formal funeral rights to accompany them in the afterlife. Some say the statues of the Goddess Bastet were modeled after the Jungle Cat and the resemblance is certainly seen in her long slender body, svelte appearance, and large ears.
Occasionally the Jungle Cat mated with domestic cats, and there have been numerous reports of hybrids from across North America to Southeast Asia, including India dating back centuries. However, the first recorded breeding of a Jungle Cat and a domestic cat was recorded in 1990.
After breeders began working together, TICA awarded the Chausie foundation registration status in 1995, and Championship status starting May 1, 2013.
Similar Breeds: Abyssinian
Opposite Breeds: Ragdoll and Persian
Did You Know?
- Although Jungle Cat hybrids have been around for centuries, the Chausie is the first domestic/Jungle Cat breeding to have been officially recorded.
- Mummified Jungle Cats have been discovered in Egyptian tombs attesting to the high regard in which they were held. Chausie cats were often mummified with their owners in formal funeral rights to accompany them in the afterlife.
- It is believed that the statues of the Goddess Bastet was modeled after the Jungle Cat.
- Chausie cats sit like an Egyptian Sphinx.
- Extremely athletic, Chausie cats can jump six feet straight up in the air.
The Breed Standard
The Chausie should resemble its non-domestic ancestor, Felis chaus. Accordingly, the Chausie is a tall, long-legged, lean and supple cat. It is built for running and jumping over water, reed beds, and other obstacle-filled terrain. Like a basketball player or an Olympic long jumper, the Chausie is ectomorphic, with musculature and lanky body low on bulk, built with the limberness and reach for a long stride and lightning pounce The breed has a deep chest for lung capacity, but flat sides for light weight and flexibility. Like Felis chaus, Chausies have large, upright, preferably tufted ears, a long forehead and muzzle, and a slightly short tail. The eyes are flattened above and rounded below, above exotically slanting high cheekbones. Temperament is predominantly domestic. Chausies are good-natured, loyal, highly intelligent and trainable. They are active, curious, playful cats that require stimulation and company.
Click here to read the full TICA Chausie Breed Standard.
Accepted For Championship in TICA in 2013
- Chausie at a Glance
- Breed Introduction
- Chausie Breeders
- Breed Standards
- Breed Committee
- Breed Seminar