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Chausie Breed Profile

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The Chausie’s body is large, with heavy boning, full broad chest and strong musculature, with moderately long legs. Colors include black, black smoke to shade of silver, black with silver ticking, ticked golden to reddish fawn with darker markings on ears, legs and tail. Otherwise the body is virtually free of markings. Note:The Chausie is not recognized by the CFA, but is accepted by the TICA for registry, and have advanced to Evaluation status with that organization.

Like the Bengal, the Chausie is a selectively bred cat using “wild” stock. While the Bengal comes from the Asian Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis), the Chausie is the result of breeding a domestic cat with a Jungle Cat (Felis chaus). The first generation breeding (F1) is 50% each of domestic and “wild blood.” Of particular interest is the fact that all F1 male Chausies are sterile, as well as most males from the second generation (F2).

The Chausie, pronounced “Chow-see” is a fully domestic breed derived from the Jungle Cat. It is a statuesque cat: tall, upright, medium- to large-framed, and regal in stance with the musculature of an agile hunter. Males are proportionately larger than females. The breed retains a strong resemblance to its wild ancestor, but is good-natured, loyal, intelligent and affectionate, as you would expect in a domestic cat. It is a highly active breed, and loves to play with toys or other cats. It retains this quality into adulthood.

Chausies come in three colors: brown ticked tabby, solid black and silver-tip, which are a color unique to this breed. The coat is short to medium, dense and relatively coarse. The tail is 3/4 to full length, and the ears are large, mobile, and can be lynx-tipped. The body is long and slender, and the legs are long, with small feet.

When people get their first glimpse of a Chausie, especially one striding along in slinky, liquid motion, they tend to be immediately struck with its elegant grace and agility. This breed is built for hunting, running and jumping, and exudes the essence of “catness” which makes felines such intriguing companions.

The first Chausies were Jungle Cat hybrids, and were bred in the late 60’s and early 70’s. These early hybrids were created to offer those interested in exotic cats a more reasonable alternative to the often ill-fated attempts to make pets out of wild animals. Many different domestic cats were used in the beginning, but at the current time, the only permissible outcrosses are the Abyssinian and the domestic shorthair.

The Chausie was given foundation registry status in The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1995. In February 2001 the breed was advanced to Evaluation status (effective May 1, 2002). In May 2003, the Chausie achieved ‘Advanced New Breed’ status and now competes in the Advanced new Breed (ANB) rings in TICA shows. ‘ANB’ is the level prior to a new breed becoming a Championship Breed and requires several additional yars of Breed development before advancing.