The chausie: domestic cat with the appearance of a savage

The website “” today gladly acquaints readers with the unusual cat breed the chausie. At the moment cats the chausie in the world, each kitten costs a lot of money – but it’s worth it! Why? Read on and find out!

The origin of the breed

The first glance at this animal gives a clue – not without a wild ancestor! And this is true – the chausie is derived from the crossing of domestic Shorthair cats and the wild jungle cat.

Jungle cat (or as it is sometimes called, swamp lynx) is an independent predatory way of life near water (that is where a lot of birds and animals are potential prey). This small predator is larger than the usual cat, has a muscular torso and strong legs and small ears with brushes.

Probably jungle cats with domestic cats has long been randomly bred in those regions where their population was large enough. For example, the Nile valley in Egypt.

If you look at the canonical images of cats in ancient Egyptian art, we can see the characteristic silhouette of the chausie is an angular, bony face, large strong body, muscular legs and typical for the chausie is a large, triangular ears with a hint of brushes!

But modern cats the chausie breed originated in the 60 years of the twentieth century, through the efforts of breeders.

Wild cats were bred (and still breed!) with the Shorthair cat breeds: the Abyssinian, and domestic Shorthair usual (Yes, that’s the one often mistakenly called “mongrel”!).

The breed is not yet established – in each litter meeting and normal kittens (they are rejected and not used for further breeding), and the chausie. Work on the breed is slow because, besides, some of the kittens-males are born sterile.

The ultimate goal, which put the breeders – bring out the animal, which apparently will be most like the wild cat, but it has a peaceful character and livable with people (despite the fact that these signs were stable and passed all the descendants of the chausie).

The chausie cat appearance

What is most surprising in the chausie cat has impressive size, it in half to two times longer than other breeds, and body mass reaches 14 pounds!

The body is muscular, with strong legs and neck, but elegant and graceful. The muzzle is not very long, but bony. The eyes are set close, their shape – almond-shaped, a characteristic dark “eyeliner” around the eyes. Large triangular ears with small tufts are situated close to each other and almost vertical.

Obligatory long tail – three-quarters of the body length.

The coloration of these cats is a silver ticked, ticked tabby or black. The structure of the fur is thick and soft, as is characteristic of predators, the hair shiny.

The more “wildness” in the exterior of the chausie, the better!

Breed the chausie: the nature and special habits

But on the exterior similarity with wild predators have the chausie ends. Nature is kind, very sociable creature! The chausie don’t like being alone – they love to be in the area of human attention, to fawn on me and purr!


These cats are playful and agile – they are great to climb, if possible, catch mice and even small birds, to old age spend a lot of time in traffic.

The website advises to walk the cat of this breed on a leash-harness or allow it to freely move around the open space (e.g., in the yard, in the countryside). The chausie is suitable for life in a country house – it is an active and powerful animal!

Characteristic of the breed is the chausie is not afraid of water. Many descendants of the jungle cats he kept the love for swimming and swimming!

Unfortunately, that one of the factors, not allowing many people to have the chausie. Because of its rarity, the small number of species and the complexity of breeding for one kitten can ask for 8-10 thousand dollars.

Russia is home to several dozen cats, mostly nurseries and the chausie breeders are in the USA.

Author – Dasha Blinova, site

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