Chausie cat
Federations: TICA

Despite its wild origins, the Chausie cat has all the features of a domestic cat. Very attached to its owner.
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Characteristics "Chausie cat"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Chausie cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.


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Según la leyenda, the Chausie cat it is a distant cousin of wild cats domesticated in honor of the goddess Bastet in ancient Egypt. In fact, the reality is quite different, despite the eerie similarities between the Chausie real y las representaciones artísticas de algunos gatos de la época.

Born at the end of the years 60 or early 70 in United States, the Chausie sería la primera raza híbrida resultante del cruce entre un gato de la selva (Felis chaus) que vivía esencialmente en Egipto, India, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, and domestic short-haired cats of various breeds, teniendo en común características físicas cercanas a las del Felis chaus.

La idea detrás de la creación de este híbrido era crear un “domesticated jungle cat” that looks like a Felis chaus but that he was as tame as a domestic cat. The Chausie cat pretendía atraer tanto a los atrevidos que intentaban domesticar a auténticos gatos salvajes como a los amantes de los gatos “exotic”. The bet paid off over the years 90: los criadores apasionados consiguieron estabilizar los rasgos característicos de la raza y consolidar el stock genético para facilitar la cría.

Thanks to the efforts of these breeders, the International Cat Association (the TICA, una organización que enumera y registra todos los pedigríes de gatos existentes en el mundo) recognized the breed in 1995. In 2003, gave the owners of the Chausie the opportunity to present your companion in the feline shows organized under your aegis, otorgándole el título de Raza Nueva. However, in the news, no pueden participar en las competiciones por sí mismos.

In France, el LEAF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines, an association with missions similar to the TICA) follow the position of the TICA and allow owners to participate in exhibitions, but not compete.
As for the other feline associations in the world, and in particular the FIFE (Fédération Internationale Féline), todavía no reconocen la raza.

Today, the breeders of Chausie cat siguen trabajando para obtener nuevas generaciones cada vez más cercanas físicamente a su primo salvaje, especially through crosses with the Abyssinian cat. The breed is found primarily in the United States and Europe, but it also has a following in South Asia and India, although its dissemination is more confidential.

Physical characteristics

Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Chausie it's a big cat (especially the males) with a long powerful guy and a long rectangular body. Has a sleek appearance and powerful musculature, but it is not very showy. The rib cage is wide, las patas son de longitud media con patas traseras más fuertes que la mayoría de las otras razas de gatos. The tail is shorter than that of other breeds and reaches the hock.

In the face, the Chausie has a broad, triangular head with prominent cheekbones, a rounded forehead and a long muzzle. The ears are wide at the base and wide open. Feathers are very popular with breeders of this breed. The eyes, oval in shape and slightly flattened on top, are generally golden yellow hazelnut in color. Light green tones are also accepted.

This cat's coat has a dense coat of short to medium length. The fur is reminiscent of its wild ancestor, the jungle cat Felis chaus, especially for its ticking. The more ticking (several colored stripes on the same coat), more appreciated will be the cat in the feline exhibitions.

Size and weight

Size: Of 40 a 50 cm.
Male weight: Of 6 a 11 kg
female weight: 6-9 kg

Varieties of "Chausie cat"

Currently, the standards TICA y LOOF they only recognize three colors. There may be a Chausie cat with other colors, but they cannot be registered in the LOOF and / or TICA.

Full black

The kitties Chausie negros may show slight brindle markings that disappear as the kitten grows older. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause your black to turn brown.

Gray-haired black tabby

The black tabby pattern is a direct descendant of the wild cat Felis chaus and is exclusive to Chausie. In fact, ningún otro gato doméstico tiene este patrón, unless you have a wild ancestor in your family tree. So, it is easy to understand why this variety is the most sought after, since it is the most similar to the fur of the jungle cat.

The kitties, originally black, show black brindle markings as they grow, while her fur becomes lighter. El pelaje del atigrado negro tiene un ticking que cambia según la parte del cuerpo, ranging from dark mouse gray with black tips to a three-striped ticking (mouse gray, black and white) in the finest specimens. Esta característica alcanza su plena y definitiva expresión cuando el gato tiene 3 years.

Some Chausies gray-haired blacks can be mistaken for a Chausie negro when silver ticking is scarce.

Brown tabby

The brown tabby has a black tabby marking on a brown background, with stripes on the inside of the legs and on the tip of the tail. The shade of brown can vary from cat to cat, as long as it doesn't get too close to the Abyssinian. As with the first two colors, the final color of the Chausie brown ticked tabby not fixed until 3 years of age.

Character and skills

Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Despite its wild origins, the Chausie cat has all the features of a domestic cat. Very attached to his master, even exclusive, it is a sociable cat that demands a lot of attention and barely supports loneliness. Very affectionate, You can enjoy both being indoors with their owners at home and playing with the other animals in the family. This cat also adapts very well to the presence of children, for whom it can be a good playmate, provided he is taught to control his claws from a young age.

In effect, even if it is a good domestic cat, the Chausie also has a strong character, is often stubborn and may have aggressive reactions, heredadas de sus orígenes salvajes. Your fearlessness can also play tricks on you, especially when it goes outside. In any case, he needs a teacher capable of having authority and patience to reveal all his qualities and temper his predatory side.

True athlete, has a reputation for being a tireless gamer and spending without sparing expense. In fact, se desenvuelven mejor en una casa con jardín o en un piso muy grande, that provides them with enough space and plenty of opportunities to play and run around in the absence of their owner.

Last, the Chausie cat distinguished by high intelligence and hunting instincts superior to those of other domestic breeds. It is one of those cats that likes to learn tricks, look for the ball, walk with harness… but also open taps and doors in the absence of supervision. Therefore, it is recommended to use cat toys and stimulate their attention as much as possible, both for your well-being and for the living room furniture.

Care and grooming of the "Chausie cat"

The coat of the Chausie is slightly longer than that of normal domestic cats, but still easy to care. Regular brushing and removal of dead hairs ensure a shiny coat.

Indoor or outdoor cat?

Due to his offspring from a kind of wild cat, the Chausie cat he is very fond of freedom. This athletic cat also has a strong drive to move and can easily jump six feet from a standing position.. Therefore, keeping them indoors is only possible under special conditions. If you cannot provide access to the outside, the cat must have a large outdoor enclosure. You must be able to live your natural instincts, ideally hunting mice and birds, to be happy. If you have your cat in an outdoor enclosure, you must be prepared to receive regularly “gifts” of your cat in the form of prey.

How much activity does he need? "Chausie cat"?

This affectionate cat likes to be around his owners and is reluctant to stay home alone. If you are a person who works, it is better to have two cats so that the animals do not get bored. A large, sturdy scratching post and several cat toys will keep them busy and provide variety around the home.. They love to play catch and chase mice and balls. You can also give your cat, water lover, a special treat with a soak in the tub or a bubbly drinking fountain. Some cats like water so much that they will even follow you into the shower.

Health and nutrition

Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Chausie es un híbrido relativamente reciente. Therefore, existe muy poca literatura científica sobre los problemas de salud específicos de esta raza.

However, los análisis de animales nacidos de dos especies diferentes dibujan un cuadro de patologías que los Chausies, como híbridos, can present: male infertility prevalence, desarrollo físico fluctuante (very large or very small individuals), digestive problems, behavioral instability (this cat is still more aggressive than a real house cat) and, in rare cases, problemas cardíacos debidos a malformaciones del miocardio.

Generations of Chausies se clasifican según sucercanía” to its wild ancestor on a scale from F1 to F4 and above, F1 being the generation born directly from hybridization between a domestic cat (Felis sylvestris catus) and a wild cat (Felis chaus). Males of generations F1 to F3, or even F4, are generally sterile, which considerably complicates the work of breeders of Chausie to develop this breed.

Last, debido a sus orígenes salvajes, this cat has inherited a shorter digestive tract than other breeds. This makes them more susceptible to certain intestinal problems., including inflammation from food allergies, and predisposes them to gluten intolerance.

Life expectancy

12 a 14 years


As their direct ancestors are wild animals, una dieta rica en proteínas es aún más importante para la raza que para otros gatos. Ideally, feed them their own BARF food. In this way, su gato tendrá todos los componentes importantes de una dieta saludable que obtendría en la naturaleza.

For sale "Chausie cat"

Before buying a Chausie cat, debe estar absolutamente seguro de que el gato híbrido le conviene. If you can't offer enough exercise, you don't even have to think about getting a cat that likes to move. In any case, en Europa te será difícil encontrar un criador. La raza no es muy común fuera de su país de origen. If you find a breeder, debes comprobar primero si es responsable y cuida la salud de sus animales de cría. Due to its rarity, the kitties Chausie they naturally have their price. Depending on the breeder, you can spend up to 10.000 euros for a purebred F1 kitten.

Interesting Facts and Things to Know

jungle cat
jungle cat in Sofia Zoo – Български: Мария-Тереза Кортес Гарсия, Учебен център към Софийски зоопаркEnglish: Maria-Teresa Cortes Garcia, EERC Sofia Zoo, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

To understand the Chausie cat, it is also important to know the jungle cat (Felis chaus).

The jungle cat found in nine subspecies in Asia, Middle East and Egypt.

With his black plumes in his ears, resembles a lynx, which also earned him the name of “swamp fox”.

In nature, the jungle cats they are solitary animals and they hunt at sunset.

Its habitat is mainly near water bodies or wetlands in inaccessible reed thickets or swampy riparian forests. So, they are not afraid of water and can swim excellently.
In captivity, the jungle cats they become very tame and it is said that the ancient Egyptians even trained them to hunt.

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