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Chausie Cat

Chausie Cat | Chausie Breed Profile | Chausie Breed Description

A Chausie is a hybrid of the domestic cat Felis catus and Felis chaus, the Jungle Cat. Generations are identified by F1, F2 etc, with F1 being the offspring of the original cat and jungle cat mating. Males in the F1 to F4 generations are usually sterile. A Chausie (aka Jungle Curl &/or Stone Cougar, Mountain Cougar) is a hybrid of the domestic cat Felis silvestris catus and Felis chaus, the Jungle Cat. Generations are identified by F1, F2 etc, with F1 being the offspring of the original cat and jungle cat mating. Males in the F1 to F3 generations are usually sterile; F4 can go either way.

The domestic cat breed most widely used for Chausies is the Abyssinian (cat), because they have the same look and active habits as a Jungle Cat but are very much smaller. A Chausie, due to the various sizes of the parents, can weigh between 15 and 30 pounds (when full grown the males are larger than the females).

 

They were first bred in the late ’60s or ’70s to provide a safer alternative to keeping full jungle cats as pets. The breed was granted registration status with the TICA in March 1995. In February 2001, the breed’s status was changed to allow only animals four generations removed (F4) from the wild cat into show halls. It was changed to Advanced New Breed (ANB) status as of May 2003.

Chausie males typically weigh about 25 pounds, while females tend to be smaller. Individuals considering keeping Chausies should be aware of the cats’ much larger requirement for space and activity. Digestive tract problems have been occasionally associated with this breed; some cats may be gluten-intolerant, and have trouble digesting commercial cat food which contains wheat or other gluten grains. Similar to other large cats, Chausies can take up to 2 or 3 years to reach full size.

The Chausie is a tall, statuesque cat, upright in stance, medium to large in size, and retains a strong resemblance to its ancestor the Jungle Cat.  The Chausie is a hybrid breed using the Jungle Cat as its wild ancestor. It is a large, muscular, graceful cat with a three-quarters-length tail and a wild look, though not a wild temperament. The well-bred Chausie is a sweet-natured cat, though extremely active, intelligent, and curious; they need plenty of playtime and toys to keep their active minds and paws busy. They have long legs, large mobile tufted ears and often inherit a 3/4 length tail from the wild Jungle Cat. The Chausie is good natured, loyal and intelligent.

The domestic cat breed most widely used for Chausies is the Abyssinian (cat), because they have the same look and active habits as a Jungle Cat but are very much smaller. A Chausie, due to the various sizes of the parents, can weigh between 15 and 30 pounds (when full grown, depending on gender).

The Chausie is currently accepted in black, brown ticked tabby, and silver tipped colors. Ear tufts are highly desirable. They should be long and lean, not cobby or thick-bodied, with boning sufficient to carry the cat without making them seem chunky. Chuasies are an accepted breed in The International Cat Association (TICA). Cats that are 3 generations from their African jungle cat heritage (F3’s) are allowed in the show hall.