Last Updated on August 4, 2023 by Pets Feed
Exclusive cats are every person’s dream. After all, these cats not only look beautiful and have an unusual pedigree, but also differ in character favorably from ordinary cats. So, meet – the exclusive majestic Chausie cat.
Radically beautiful based on its wild aspect, which is logical considering its origins, the chausie is a hybrid cat born from the mixture between wild cats and domestic cats. A wonderful cat but not suitable for all audiences.
Chausie cat photos
The appearance of representatives of the breed is worthy of rave odes from cat lovers around the world. Chausie – moderately muscular animals with a proportionally bent body – are very similar to their distant ancestors. Despite incest with the Abyssinians, these cats managed to maintain impressive dimensions: a mass of 14-15 kg and a height at the withers of up to 40 cm. Females weigh 10-15 kg.
- The cat’s head is medium in size, the main differences are a strong chin and cheekbones.
- The ears are straight and wide. On their tips there are necessarily small brushes.
- The cat’s slanted eyes complement its predatory look. Color: yellowish green or amber yellow.
- Elongated straight nose. In profile, thanks to the nose, Chausie looks like a wild cat.
- The strong neck of the animal is quite short and low.
- The body of the cat is powerful and long. This is not a standard sized pet. Chausies are very large cats.
- The chest is strong.
- The legs are long and powerful, the length of the tail of the animal is more than half of the total length of the body.
- An adult can easily gain 15 kg, if it is a male. Females are a little more compact, but also more energetic than males.
Chausie cat breed branches
The behavior and appearance of a Chausie cat is influenced by the generation to which the cat belongs. The generation is designated by the letter F (branch) and a number. Shows the percentage of Felis chaus blood in the cat’s blood.
- F1. First generation. Wild blood content not less than 50%. Direct descendant of Felis Chaus.
- F2. Second generation. At least 25% of the blood of Felis chaus. Direct descendant of Chausie F1.
- F3. In the third generation, there should be at least 12.5% of the blood of a jungle cat. Direct descendant of Chausie F2.
- F4. In this generation of Chausie, the percentage of Felis Chaus blood is at least 6.25%. Direct descendant of Chausie F3.
- F5,6, … Subsequent generations of chausie contain less than 3.12% wild blood.
The most similar to the jungle cat is the Chausie cat of 1 and 2 generations. Chausie F1 by nature the “wildest”, but still are pets. The higher the generation index, the more unlike a wild cat the Chausie becomes. Also, the size depends on the generation. Some F1 cats reach 18 kg. The less wild blood in the Chausie’s blood, the smaller the cat will be.
Cats and cats 3,4,5 etc. generations are already very little like the Chausie cat, therefore they do not represent such value as cats of 1 and 2 generations.
Character and behavior
When analyzing the character of a chausie cat, we must always bear in mind the fact that it descends almost directly from a breed of wild cat. This is why there are characteristics typical of wild cats in these wonderful domestic cats. One of these traits is his restlessness and extremely active character, being a feline with high activity and exercise needs. For this reason, it is not a good option to live in enclosed spaces.
The chausie is a very independent cat, sometimes very complicated to train, because he is quite stubborn. However, this does not deceive us, because it is a very alert and intelligent feline, because it learns to open doors and windows with incredible ease. In this sense, it is important to be careful and watch over the cat that is chausie, because it is not scary, exposing itself to dangers whatever the risk it runs.
On the other hand, he is a very loyal and affectionate cat, taking a lot of love from his human companions, whom he loves and is very loyal. Of course, it does not adapt particularly well to children and other animals, which we will have to take into account when adopting it.
The Chausie cat has a strong immune system. However, certain genetic conditions are also characteristic of this breed. To know :
- A cat’s sensitive digestive system requires care from the owner when developing a diet for a pet;
- Obesity ;
- Males do not have offspring until the 3rd generation;
The beautiful coat of the Chausie breed needs periodic combing, however, as they are short-haired cats, it often makes no sense to do so. Also, be sure to brush his teeth at least three times a week, bathe him once a month or as needed, and keep his ears clean. Remember that you should trim the claws, preferably at least once a month or as needed.
History of the breed
Chausie is a hybrid breed of cats that descended from the domestic short-haired cat and the swamp lynx, or, as it is also called, the jungle cat.
The history of the breed began long before the launch of targeted Chausie breeding. It is not known for certain which breed of cat became one of the first Chausie, but breeders have definitely established that the second parent of the cat is a swamp lynx. From her, the Hausi, as the breed is also called, received an amazing ability to adapt to absolutely any conditions.
The name of the breed – Chausie – comes from the Latin name of its wild parent – Felis Chaus.
In Egypt, jungle cats and their hybrids from ancient times lived next to people and were used as virtuoso mouse-catchers and hunters. Cats, very similar to Felis Chaus, are also depicted in ancient Egyptian frescoes. In the days before felinology, people promoted the breeding of Chausie hybrids, which were strong and resilient like jungle cats, but much less wild.
The first people to become interested in Chausie were American tourists. During a trip to Egypt, they were surprised that real wild cats live in houses next to people. Felinologists from the USA also became interested in this. In the early 1970s, they came to grips with breeding unusual cats.
Breeders have faced many challenges, such as male infertility and incompatibility with most domestic cat breeds. It turned out by experience that the most suitable partner for Felis Chaus is the Abyssinian cat. Cats were also crossed with ordinary short-haired “noblewomen”, but this, like imbreeding (closely related crossbreeding), contributed to the degeneration of the breed.
Hard work with the Chausie cat was not immediately, but it was rewarded. In 1995 the breed was introduced to the TICA organization and received a standard. And in 2003 the Chausie cat became a full-fledged breed.