Though now many generations removed from their wild heritage, the Chausie traces its origin to the crossing of a domestic cat with the wild Jungle Cat of Asia and the Middle East. The resulting hybrid is a stunning combination of wild looks and a domestic temperament. With a long, lean, and muscular body, an unusual coat, and the face of the wild cat, you might be surprised by just how social and people-loving this breed is. In fact, the Chausie should only be considered by someone willing to put lots of time and energy into their cat. Active, intelligent, and highly loyal, this breed will not be content to watch life from a quiet window perch.
If you have the time and patience, you will find the Chausie a fun-loving, devoted, and sometimes even silly companion. Be warned: if you can’t put in the effort to meet the Chausie’s needs, not only will you have an unhappy Chausie, but you’ll have a relatively large, bored, and potentially destructive housemate!
Appearance / health:
The Chausie has inherited many features from its wild ancestor, the Jungle Cat. They’re medium to large in size with a lithe, athletic build and long legs ideal for running and jumping. The body is long and muscular with flat sides and a deep chest, perfect for flexibility and lung capacity. This is a cat built to move! The head is somewhat wedge-shaped, with high, strong cheekbones and a long muzzle, narrowing gradually to a strong chin. The nose is somewhat broad, particularly at eye level, with a slightly concave curve. The eyes are medium, maybe even a little on the smallish size, curved at the bottom and flattened on top, with a slight slant towards the ear base. The large ears are both tall and broad with rounded tips, and may be tuftetd. Though most of the cat is long and lean, the Chausie’s tail is slightly shorter than average.
The Chausie’s coat is another distinguishing feature. It’s short to medium in length with a dense, soft undercoat. The outer coat is somewhat course, with solid black coats being somewhat softer than the black grizzled coloration. Though the Chausie may come in a wider variety of colors, most breed organizations have decided on three standard colors: solid black, black grizzled tabby, and brown ticked tabby. The black grizzled coat is one inherited from its wild ancestors. At the skin-level, the fur is a light grey, followed by alternating light and dark bands of ticking, ending with dark tips. The result is quite striking. The Chausie’s eyes may be gold, yellow, hazel, or light green.
The Chausie is generally a healthy breed because of its diverse genetic foundation. However, similar to other wild hybrids, the Chausie may have a shorter intestinal tract than the modern domestic cat. This can create issues with the digestion of plant-based ingredients common in many commercial pet foods. For this reason, Chausies should be put on a high-quality, grain free diet with as little plant-derived ingredients as possible. Many breeders will recommend raw diets for their Chausies. A Chausie on an inappropriate diet can develop food allergies and may even develop chronic inflammatory bowel disease
Behavior / temperament:
Though fully domesticated, the Chausie is not your average housecat. First and foremost anyone considering this breed should be prepared for a very active, very athletic, and very agile cat. The Chausie will not be content with the quiet life. For their safety and the safety of local wild life, the Chausie should not be left outside unsupervised, but many Chausie owners build outdoor enclosures and fill it with opportunities to jump and climb. Even so, the Chausie will probably explore even the highest reaches of your house.
The Chausie is also a breed of great intelligence, curiosity, and playfulness. It won’t be enough to simply provide this breed with opportunities to stretch its legs. They thrive on interaction and stimulation. New toys, especially those designed to be puzzles, will help keep the Chausie happy. Don’t expect the Chausie to be content to play by himself, however. The Chausie loves to spend time with his owners, so also choose games and toys that are interactive. They also have a reputation for being easily trainable, so try a few tricks. Remember that a bored and lonely Chausie is a Chausie that goes looking for trouble!
Chausies form close bonds to the people in their lives. They may not be lap cats, but they are very social and affectionate. They prefer to be with you, and will eagerly follow you about the house, “helping” with chores. They shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time, though having an animal companion like another cat or even a dog can help. This is not a cat for the casual cat owner, but rather for someone who truly wants to spend time their pet, and who is willing and patient enough to meet the Chausie’s needs.
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From Megan S 57 days ago