There are numerous cat fanciers and adventurous cat owners who are looking for breeds of extraordinary domesticated cats. Because of this endeavour, many have developed from cross-breeding small wild cats with domestic breeds. Today, there are now a number of hybridized cats, namely Bengals, Toygers and Chausies.
Chausies, similar to numerous hybrids, have many endearing characteristics that make them distinctive to other “average” domestic relatives. These characteristics are, they are highly intelligent and trainable, extremely active, adventurous, water-loving and very social.
These affectionate cats are all about pleasing their human companion by giving out lots of attention and love. They are very talkative too. You can expect to have very entertaining moments whenever you interact with this cat. And because they are highly intelligent, you can train your Chausie to play fetch and walk on a leash. They also remain playful even until adulthood. The cat breed name, Chausie, is derived from its Latin name, felis chaus. The Jungle Cat is a unique cat breed that lived from the Nile Valley to the Caspian Sea. The Jungle Cat also is generally found in South Asia as far as Vietnam.
Chausies are a tall, long-legged, statuesque cat that is made for jumping and running. Similar to the Jungle Cat, Chausies have a body type like that of an athlete. With a slender body type, Chausies are built with an agility that projects a sense of elegance and balance. Chausies have a deep chest that allows them to breathe deeply, so they seem to have an infinite source of energy. Like the Jungle Cat, these cats have upright, large, preferably tufted ears. They also have a long oblique forehead and muzzle with a tad shortened tail. Their eyes are flattened with a little rounded bottom. Their cheekbones are exotically oblique.
Chausies are wonderful feline companions. They get along very well with other pets in the household. However, due to their high energy and constantly in motion, this cat may not be suitable for families with small children.
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: Low 2/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Activity Level: High 10/10
- Playfulness: High 10/10
- Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
- Friendliness to children: Low 2/10
- Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
- Vocality: High 10/10
- Intelligence: High 10/10
- Independence: Medium 6/10
The Jungle Cat has a broad history dating back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. Chausies were domesticated by the Egyptians due to their laidback temperaments and proficiency in hunting skills. There were mummified Jungle Cats discovered in Egyptian tombs proving to the high regard they were held. These glorious cats were frequently mummified with their owners in formal funeral rights to join them in the afterlife. There are people who say that the statues of the Goddess Bastet were modelled after the Chausie cat, and the resemblance is definitely seen in her long slender body, graceful appearance, and large ears.
Occasionally, the Jungle Cat mated with domestic cats, and there have been several reports of hybrids from across North America to Southeast Asia, which include India dating back centuries. The first-ever recorded breeding of a Jungle Cat and a domestic cat was documented in 1990. After cat breeders started working together, Chausies were awarded foundation registration status in 1995 with The International Cat Association (TICA). Because of cat breeders' effort and their work, Chausie was given Championship status on May 1, 2013.
Being highly agile and energetic, Chausie cats are practically always in motion while interacting with their human companion. These domestic cats are good-natured and loving. They often develop strong bonds with their human companion and family. Friendly and outgoing in nature, Chausie cat will regularly walk on a leash and loves to play fetch. This playful behaviour frequently lasts well into their adulthood, making them fascinating and amusing feline companions. Because of their intelligence, Chausie cats require interaction and stimulation with their human companion, or else, they may not do well if left unaccompanied for long periods of time.
Bred to keep their appearance to the Jungle Cat, this cat breed is a shorthaired medium to a large-sized cat that is tall and have an elongated body. Chausie cats have a deep chest, rectangular torso, and flat sides. Moreover, they have angular, long, and high set cheekbones balanced out by their long muzzle. Their large ears are tall and set at a little outward angle on top of their head. Sometimes the top of their ears have tufts that enhance the cat's somewhat cougarish appearance.
There are three colour patterns that this cat breed displays. They are solid black, grizzled tabby, and brown-ticked tabby. Cats with brown-ticked tabby have barring on the inside of their front legs and down to the hock on their hind legs. Exclusive to this domestic cat, the grizzled tabby pattern is developed from the cat breed's ancestor, the Jungle Cat. Their hair shaft is lined with a lighter colouration at their skin, similar to a mouse coat, which has a black base coat and alternating light bands with a black tip.
Below is depth description of the colour varieties that TICA recognizes:
- Solid black – This type of coat in kittens, lighter tabby areas may appear. As they grow and mature, their coat becomes black. If the cat spends a lot of time under the sun, they may have a lighter, somewhat brownish coat.
- Black grizzled tabby – Inherited from the jungle cat, this colour is considered a characteristic colouration for the cat breed. This colour never appeared in domestic cats unless they are related to jungle cats. In this colour, kittens are born completely black with elements of a different colour on their chin and neck. As they mature, they look similar to tabbies more and more. The coat changes as the bottom part of the hair are mousie grey, while the end part is black.
- Black ticked tabby – Black stripes appear on the side of their upper legs. These are less visible on the outer part of their legs. While the tip of their tail is black, there are also black rings along its length. Moreover, you can see markings around their eyes. Occasionally, their undercoat is brown, golden, beige, reddish and light grey.
The Chausie cat is relatively a young breed. They may have numerous colourations and patterns that have not been accepted in The International Cat Association.
Note that there is no getting around the fact that the Chausie holds many wild cat characters and behaviours. This cat breed will be vigorous and energetic for extended times of the day and choose to act in an agile manner rather than a subtle and graceful one. Chausies are the type of cat that tends to be clingy and can make many demands on their human companion. Thus, they require a high degree of playtime and interaction. In many cases, the cat breed has displayed a willingness to play fetch with their toys.
This gorgeous cat is also characterized to be very intelligent, so you will need to continually keep their bright minds challenged with several smart and interactive toys that you must rotate regularly. Despite their active traits, they are also a feline companion who can form solid and devoted bonds with the human companion in their life, and there's absolutely a warm side to this feline.
The energy of this cat breed is scaled as an eleven. They are very active, playful and sociable. If you are considering this breed, you should be prepared for this high-spirited cat all the time. They love the challenge of opening cabinets and cupboards and removing their contents. Because of this, cat owners have known to install child-proof locks to prevent these smart cats from opening cabinets and doors. Moreover, Chausies are active for long periods during the day and may need to have a lot of playtime and interaction. With their athletic built, they are fond of running and jumping. They are known to leap six feet up. So, expect to see them in high places in your home, like atop your doors and furniture.
Because of their high activity level, these athletic cats do not like being left alone for long periods of time. So, it is advisable if you’ll be leaving your home to work during the day to have a companion cat to interact it. Even being a ball of high energy, they are very loving and form a deep bond with their families. Chausies are ideal for adults and families without young children.
Chausies are highly intelligent and highly trainable cats, thanks to their wild cat lineage. Combined with their high energy, stimulate their minds by teaching them tricks, obey commands and play puzzle and interactive toys. As they love human interaction and attention, take advantage of this trait to train them not to open cupboards and cabinets and follow commands should they misbehave. Don’t forget to give them small rewards whenever they follow and behave well during the training session.
Start training your Chausie at a very young age. When they are properly trained and socialized during kittenhood, they will blossom into a well-mannered and well-rounded feline companion.
Chausies are a very low maintenance cat breed when it comes to grooming. Brush or comb their coat once a week, which will help lessen the formation of hairballs or mats. All in all, this is not a cat that sheds much or needs a lot of hands-on grooming from their human companion.
As you train this cat breed at a young age, you can start incorporating a grooming routine so they can get used to being brushed or combed to maintain a healthy and shiny coat. You can start by using a very soft bristle brush as to not pull their fine hair or damage their delicate skin. Each grooming session, prepare a small reward to give them for behaving well during the session. When their regular coat care did not cause any problem, you can upgrade to a better, more age-appropriate brush or comb for their coat needs. Everyday dental brushing is ideal, but not every Chausie owner may agree that this is an easy task. So weekly brushing is already sufficient to prevent your cat from having any tooth and gum diseases. For their nails, you can trim them twice a month or when needed.
To keep their eyes healthy and clean, you can wipe using a clean, soft, damp cloth to remove any eye discharge. Just make sure to use different parts of the clean cloth to avoid any risk of infection. For their ears, check for dirt, wax or debris every week to keep them healthy and clean. You can use a vet-approved cleanser and a clean cotton ball or soft cloth to wipe it out. Should you notice any foul smell coming out of their ears, contact your vet immediately for care and treatment.
Chausies are generally a healthy cat breed. Their life expectancy is between twelve to eighteen years with proper care, exercise and provided with a high-quality ad age-appropriate diet. Still, it is recommended by a veterinarian that their vaccinations and parasite treatments are up to date.
If you think that because Chausies are playful and energetic, they are suitable for the equally energetic toddlers of the family. Unfortunately, they are not a match. This cat breed is suitable for families without young children because of their constant movement; they may accidentally knock down young kids and cause accidents. They are perfect, though, with adults who can spend quality time with this highly intelligent and highly energetic cat breed. They will love all the love, attention and interaction, and they will giddily give it back to you.
Chausies love company, and they can live in harmony with other cats, especially their kind and other cat-friendly dogs in the same household. But make sure to introduce pets gradually and in controlled environments to make sure that they learn to get along well together.