Chausie Cat: appearance, character, care, breeding

A cat with the appearance of a wild feline, the Chausie seduces as much by its elegance, its proud appearance and its power as by its character. Hybrid cat, created only a few decades ago, it enjoys spending time with his owner as much as spending its energy in large spaces.

The Chausie is part of the category of “new breeds” of cats. This feline is a hybrid of domestic cats, primarily the Abyssinian, and Chaus, a wild cat living in an area stretching from Egypt to Southeast Asia. A cross aimed at obtaining a wild-type cat, but having the character of a domestic cat.
This hybrid cat first appeared in the United States in the 1970s.

The ideal cat

The Chausie is a large cat with a long body and very powerful hind legs. Its tail is smaller than that of other cats, but must have the same number of vertebrae.
Its head is triangular and angular. Its cheekbones are marked, its forehead is rounded, and there is a slight hollow at the base of his nose. Medium in size, its eyes are oval and slightly flattened. As for its ears, they must be large, rounded at the end, and equipped with plumes.

Hair color

Only three colors are recognized: black, brown ticked tabby and silver tipped.

The character

The Chausie is both affectionate and playful. Very active, extrovert and intelligent, it is close to their master and does not tolerate loneliness. Because of its size and power, it is more suited to living in large spaces.

The Chausie likes human contact and caresses between two sports activities.

Very active, this feline has a very strong need for play. Interactive play sessions during which it can expend their energy are strongly recommended.

Its physical abilities reveal a temperament in constant search of stimulation rather than periods of calm. 

Lively and very intelligent, it is a cat who understands quickly. It therefore represents the ideal candidate for training.

Fearful / Suspicious of Strangers:
Although this cat is prone to bond with a particular person, it can be sociable with strangers, as long as the encounter is smooth and gradual. 

The Chausie does not support loneliness if it does not have stimulating activities and needs companionship.


Meowing is not its preferred means of communication. It remains in the standard on this point. 

Greedy / gluttonous:
Its appetite is commensurate with their energy expenditure. Interactive food stations will regulate it and provide it with an additional source of stimulation.

Need for exercise:
This cat is a real athlete and has a constant need to expend their energy. Its morphology makes them an exemplary jumper and sprinter.

Curious and inclined to explore, it will be easily attracted to go on an adventure to the great outdoors.


The Chausie and the Dogs:
Sociable, curious and playful, it can get along very well with dogs as long as it has been socialized to the species being a kitten and that it has high spaces where it can be. take refuge in case of need.

The Chausie and the Other cats:
Cohabitation with other cats can be considered by making an introduction in the rules, but it is not desirable.

The Chausie and the Children:
Very active and playful, it will make an excellent playmate with children.  

The Chausie and the Elderly:
The Chausie can quickly be turbulent and unmanageable in a house that is too quiet where it cannot spend his energy sufficiently.  


On average, the purchase price of a Chausie kitten in breeding is between 1426.02 USD and 1782.53 USD , the price often varying according to the line, the breeding, the age or even the sex. For the monthly budget, it will take an average of 47.53 € / month to meet his needs, by offering them a quality diet and making sure to keep him in good health.


Its short coat requires only one weekly brushing and no other special care.  

Hair loss:
This cat is within the norm for hair loss, which is more severe during periods of melting. 


Good quality food should be favoured. Some people are gluten intolerant and cannot stand foods that contain it.


The Chausie is exposed to intestinal problems. Some can’t stand gluten, and junk food. 


expectancy : Life expectancy is between 12 and 14 years .

Resistant / robust: 
Its fairly dense coat, with an undercoat, means that it can adapt to cold and heat.

Tendency to gain weight:
Its voracious appetite implies a measure of its daily food intake which must be in line with their energy expenditure.

Common diseases:
Pyruvate kinase deficiency: disease that causes destruction of red blood cells leading to term anemia 

The progressive retinal atrophy causes blindness

In addition to the hereditary diseases mentioned above, males of generations F1 to F3, or even F4 are often sterile (F1 being the direct offspring of a hybridization between a Chaus cat and a domestic cat). Some people may experience intestinal problems related to gluten intolerance. It can develop the same pathologies as any other cat such as oral pathologies.

Marriages are authorized with the Chausie, the Abyssinian and the domestic cat not belonging to any breed. 

Crossbreeding is also authorized with Chaus provided that the legal requirements for the detention of wild cats imposed by CITES are respected.

Good to know 

The Chausie is the only breed that wears the black silver tipped coat.

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