A slender and slinky cat, this charismatic breed is energetic and needs an owner who can give it plenty of attention.
Although the wild jungle cat and the domestic cat could, and probably did, interbreed naturally in the past, the Chausie originated from hybrids created during the 1990s.
Initially, the jungle cat was crossed with a variety of cats, but today, to maintain consistency of the Chausie’s shape and coat color, only the Abyssinian and certain domestic shorthairs are used.
Like other hybrid cats, the Chausie is very active and enjoys exploring. It is intelligent and insatiably curious—a Chausie quickly becomes adept at opening doors to pry into cupboards. This cat requires an experienced owner who is able to spend plenty of time at home to provide companionship.
The breed’s name is derived from the latin name for the Jungle Cat, Felis Chaus.
Origin: US, 1990s
Breed registries: TICA
Weight range: 12–22 lb (5.5–10 kg)
Colors and patterns: Black solid and ticked tabby pattern in brown and grizzled black.