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The Jungle Cat has an extensive history dating back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. These cats were domesticated by the Egyptians because of their easy going temperaments and adept hunting skills. Mummified Jungle Cats have been discovered in Egyptian tombs attesting to the high regard in which they were held. These magnificent cats were often mummified with their owners in formal funeral rights to accompany them in the afterlife. Some say the statues of the Goddess Bastet were modeled after the Jungle Cat and the resemblance is certainly seen in her long slender body, svelte appearance, and large ears.
Occasionally the Jungle Cat mated with domestic cats, and there have been numerous reports of hybrids from across North America to Southeast Asia, including India dating back centuries. However, the first recorded breeding of a Jungle Cat and a domestic cat was recorded in 1990. After breeders began working together, the Chausie was awarded foundation registration status in 1995 with The International Cat Association (TICA). Due to the effort of breeders and their work, the Chausie was given Championship status starting May 1, 2013.
Chausies are bred to be medium to large in size, as compared to traditional domestic breeds. Most Chausies are a little smaller than a male Maine Coon, for example, but larger than a Siamese.
Shape: Modified wedge, medium in width from frontal view. High, angular, long cheekbones create a change of direction at the muzzle. The long muzzle balances the cheekbones and ends in smooth, full contours, a full chin and puffy nose leather.
Eyes: Medium to slightly small in size. Bottom is a half oval that slants toward the outer base of the ear. Top is a markedly flattened, horizontal half oval. Gold or yellow eye color preferred, hazel to light green allowed.
Profile: Long, sloping forehead ends in a gradual, slight convex bend over the eyebrows. Just above the eyes, the profile descends in a gentle concave curve to below the eyes. The nose rises near its end to form a slight bump above the convex nose leather.
Ears: Tall, large ears are set at a slight outward angle on top of head, about two fingers apart between the inside bases. The ears are fairly wide all the way up with rounded ear tips. Ear tufts preferred; lack of tufts not a penalty.
Muzzle: Long to balance the cheekbones, ending in full slightly rounded contours, full chin and puffy nose leather.
Chin: Full, both in profile and frontal view, and of medium depth.
Nose: Medium to wide, slightly broader between the eyes. Nose leather is convex and full.
Neck: The neck is of medium length and thickness
Torso: Long, lean, flat-sided and deep chested. The large rectangular body is firm, but not broad or bulky.
Musculature: Long and lean rather than bulky.
Boning: Long legs with medium boning that complement a deep chested torso of medium width.
Legs: Long, with medium boning.
Feet: The feet are medium in size and oval in shape.
Tail: Slightly short, medium width, with slight taper and fully articulated.
Length: Short to medium, with enough length to accommodate at least two bands of ticking.
Texture: A dense, soft undercoat with a somewhat resilient, slightly coarser outer coat. Solid black may feel softer. Black grizzled cats may feel coarser in proportion to the amount of grizzling present.
Weight — 4.5-10 kg.
Being highly athletic and active, the Chausie is almost constantly in motion while interacting with their humans. These domestic cats are good natured and affectionate that love to play. They often develop deep bonds with their owners. Sociable in nature, Chausies love to play fetch and will often walk on a leash. This playful demeanor often lasts well into adulthood making these domestic cats intriguing companions. Due to their intelligence, Chausies need stimulation and interaction with their owners, otherwise they may not do well if left alone for long periods of time.
Brush your cat weekly to ensure that its hair retains the usual gloss and smoothness. The more you brush, more will it massage the skin and stimulate circulation, and, of course, remove the everyday debris and loose hair.
Also, be aware of cleaning their teeth from time to time, and keep an eye on their large ears for possible mite infestation. Get them vaccinated annually and take them to the vet for routine checkups.
Lifespan — 15-20 years.
Best with older children , good with household cats and dogs , medium shedding , medium sociability with strangers.
Due to their intelligence, Chausies need stimulation and interaction with their owners, otherwise they may not do well if left alone for long periods of time.
These cats are best for such owners who do not want to be worried about persisting medical expenses. Generally, the Chausie is healthy and has no known breed-specific illnesses like many other breeds.
However, these cats are gluten-intolerant, and would often suffer from digestive tract issues if the owner is not careful while feeding.