Chausies are very active, assertive cats. They are excellent jumpers and hunters. They need time and attention, especially interactive play.
- 15 – 25 pounds | male
15 – 20 pounds | female
Ideal Human Companions
- Experienced cat owners
- Families with older children
- Singles with other pets
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- Has wildcat breeding
- Highly active
- Elegant appearance
What They Are Like to Live With
Despite their wild ancestry, Chausies are affectionate and very people oriented. They tend to be fearless, which can get them into trouble if they are allowed outdoors.
Things You Should Know
The breed name is pronounced “chow-see.”
Male Chausies are not usually fertile until after four or five generations away from Jungle Cat breeding.
Chausies are very active cats.
The Chausie originated in the 1960s when Jungle Cats (Felis chaus), a wild species found in parts of the Far and Middle East, were bred to Domestic Shorthairs to create a hybrid cat. Jungle Cats were revered in ancient Egypt and have been found mummified in Egyptian tombs.
The Chausie breed was granted foundation registry status by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1995. The breed advanced to Evaluation status in 2002, and one year later, achieved Advanced New Breed. Chausie breeders are currently working toward Championship status.
The Look of a Chausie
The Chausie has a wild look, with a long, slender body and large, tufted ears. They are elegant in appearance and statuesque, with a large to medium body. Males are considerably larger than females.
Chausies come in three acceptable colors: brown-ticked tabby, solid black, and silver tipped.
Talk About Chausies
A word of caution
The Chausie is an exotic hybrid. They are unusual and unpredictable and heartbreakingly gorgeous. They are dangerous if mishandled and destructive if bored. You will never sleep an entire night again. If you fail to focus for one second and leave a door or window open, your cat will run away and you will never see it again. This hasn't happened to me, but it is a nightmare that continually plagues and depresses me.
Note: You should not have human children near Chausies without close supervision. If you are not an expert at caring for wild animals, do not get involved with this breed. Go visit dopes like me who have them!
~Crazy Cat Lady, owner of a Chausie
Know what you're getting into...
I got my two F2 Chausies (brothers) almost 10 years ago. Even now, they are still hyper and destructive. I don't really care, though, because they are so loving and sweet with me.
They have managed to get out of the house a few times, but they never ran away; just staked out their territory, boxed a few of the feral alphas, and then ran back inside. They have learned words since then.
If you're going to get a Chausie or a Jungle Cat, you need to train them like you would a dog. My guys know when I say "CAGE" that means they have to go into their cage and lay down.
I agree with the Crazy Cat Lady above. If you have kids, cannot supervise these cats closely, or have no experience with wild animals, then don't get one.
On the other hand, if you have no hang-ups and want to learn about wild cats, Chausies are an adventure to live with every day. Oh, and they live about twice the time as a domestic cat, if kept indoors and get regular vet checks. So, 20+ years on average.
~Crazy Cat Man, owner of two Chausies