Cat breeds: the Chausie Cat, characteristics and personality

Cat breeds: the Chausie Cat , characteristics and personality

The Chausie Cat

A Chausie cat is a very active domestic cat. He is very playful with a great jumping and hunting ability. This cat is the result of crossing some nondomestic jungle cats (Felis chaus) with a large number of domestic cats. 


Back in the 1960s, in Egypt, Jungle Cats were bred with a number of domestic shorthair cats from the Far and the Middle East. Today, the breed is found in the Nile Delta. Ancient Egyptians worshiped Jungle Cats and kept them as pets.  

In 1995, The International Cat Association (TICA) granted foundation registry to the Chausie cat. They became TICA champions in 2003.

Physical characteristics

These cats are usually medium-sized. They are larger than a Siamese, for example. Typically, a Chausie adult male cat would weigh somewhere between 9 and 15 pounds. A female would weigh 7 to 10 pounds.  

In general, the cat has a wild look, they have slender bodies and tufted ears. TICA’s standards allow three coat colors: solid black, black grizzled tabby, and black. Other colors and different patterns usually arise in some Chausie cats, but this is due to the fact that this a relatively new breed. 


To develop these cats, breeders crossed the Jungle Cats with rather intelligent breeds such as the Abyssinian and Oriental Shorthair. This makes the Chausie an intelligent cat. They are also fun cats, but not domestic ones. These cats are pretty active and very athletic.  

Chausie cats do not like to be alone for a too long time. They will develop a strong bond with their human owners and follow them everywhere. As social as they are, they will do great around other dogs and especially if they are raised together. They form strong bonds with their humans and are very loyal.  

Caring for a Chausie Cat

In order for you to have a Chausie cat, you must be an intelligent cat owner who knows how to live with complicated and intelligent cats. Therefore, this breed is not recommended for first-time owners. Since they are active cats, you need to provide activities for them to engage into.  

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