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Chausie: Description Of The Breed, Character And Habits Of A Houseie Cat, Photo, Choice Of A Kitten, Reviews Of Cat Owners
Chausie: Description Of The Breed, Character And Habits Of A Houseie Cat, Photo, Choice Of A Kitten, Reviews Of Cat Owners

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Video: Chausie. Pros and Cons, Price, How to choose, Facts, Care, History 2022, December

Chausie is one of the most expensive cats in the world


A predatory look, a proud bearing and an affectionate character. This is all Chausie - an elite breed of cats that not everyone can afford. She is one of the five most expensive cat breeds.


  • 1 History of the origin of the Chausie cat breed
  • 2 Appearance

    • 2.1 Photo gallery: cat breeds for breeding chausie
    • 2.2 Photo Gallery: Acceptable Chausie Colors
  • 3 The character and behavior of Chausie
  • 4 Diseases of chausie
  • 5 How to choose a kitten
  • 6 How to take care of your pet

    6.1 Nutrition

  • 7 Breeding features

    7.1 Castration and sterilization of Chausie

  • 8 Video: about the cat chausie
  • 9 Owner reviews

The history of the origin of the Chausie cat breed

Chausie, or hausi (English Chausie), is a relatively young breed of cats, even though some scientists attribute the appearance of their ancestors to the times of Ancient Egypt.

Experts suggest that these cute creatures came from the crossing of a wild jungle cat and a domestic cat. The habitat of the wild ancestors of the Chausie was quite extensive: from South to Central Asia. A small number of them were distributed in Africa.

Egyptian fresco depicting a cat
Egyptian fresco depicting a cat

On the frescoes of Ancient Egypt, you can find images of cats that look very similar to Chausie

For a long time, no one knew about Chausie. Only in the late 60s of the XX century, one American tourist drew attention to the unusual cats walking the streets of Egypt. It took a very long time to learn Chausie and get healthy offspring. But attempts to breed a new breed were still crowned with success, and in 2003 the Chausie was recognized as an independent breed. The standard was developed 8 years earlier, in 1995, by the international feline association TICA.

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find such a cat on the territory of Russia. The largest number of Chausie is concentrated in the USA and France, but there are still very few of them.


The more a Chausie cat resembles its ancestor, the jungle cat, the better. But since artificial long-term selection involved crossing with other breeds, some external differences are allowed from what their wild progenitor looks like. Over the years of studying this breed, it has been determined that in order to obtain healthy kittens and the appearance characteristic of this breed, Chausie can only be crossed with Abyssinian or ordinary shorthair cats.

All kittens born are marked by the percentage of wild jungle cat's blood in them. Accordingly, the following generations of Chausie are distinguished:

  • F1 is a direct descendant of a male chausie and a cat, that is, 50% of wild blood flows in it and outwardly such cats are very similar to reed cats, they have the appropriate temperament and size;

    Chausie to Human Size Ratio
    Chausie to Human Size Ratio

    Chausie F1 contains 50% of the blood of a wild cat, so its character and appearance are closer to a predator than to a pet

  • F2 is a descendant of F1 Chausie, the share of the wild ancestor's blood is 25%, the average Chausie has a more loyal temperament, but its weight is 10 kilograms or more.
  • F3 is a descendant of Chausie F2, the wild jungle cat has 12.5% ​​of the blood, it is an animal with the temperament and size of a domestic cat, but with an appearance that is close to the jungle cat.
  • F4 and F5 - the proportion of feral blood less than 12.5%, cats are fully socialized, have a standard size and build.

Photo gallery: cat breeds for breeding chausie

Simple shorthair cat
Simple shorthair cat

Often, a simple shorthair cat is chosen as a Chausie partner.

Jungle cat
Jungle cat

Chausie inherited a strong physique and a predatory look from her wild ancestor

Abyssinian cat
Abyssinian cat

Most often, the Abyssinian cat is chosen as a partner for Chausie.

Chausie is a rather large cat, but its weight depends on which generation it belongs to. The body weight of an adult animal can vary from 4 to 15 kg. Accordingly, the closer an animal is to its wild ancestor, the more it weighs. Cats are larger than cats. The rest of the characteristics do not depend on the chausie class:

  • the head is elongated, wedge-shaped, of medium size, when compared with the proportions of the body it seems small, the frontal bone is wide, the cheeks are taut, the nose is straight and wide;
  • almond-shaped eyes, slightly slanting, the color can be yellow, amber or green;
  • the ears are wide and erect, set high, it is desirable to have tassels on the tips characteristic of many wild breeds, which must certainly be black; if the pet is classified as F1, then on the back of the ears there should be a pattern of spots, which are also called the "deceiving eye";
  • the neck is short, stocky;
  • the body is large, muscular, but at the same time the Chausie is very elegant and graceful, the chest is wide, the shoulders and the pelvic bone are narrow, the back is straight and rather wide, the height at the withers is about 40 cm;
  • paws strong, large, front paws are noticeably shorter than hind ones;
  • the tail is long, can reach 3/4 of the body length, there is a black tassel at the end;
  • the coat is short, close to the body, shiny;
  • color is allowed black, brown ticking and black tabby, new colors of kittens constantly appear, but only Chausie of these three colors can participate in exhibitions.

Photo gallery: permissible chausie colors

Chausie tabby
Chausie tabby

An interesting pattern on tabby cats attracts lovers of these animals very much

Chausie color brown ticking
Chausie color brown ticking

Chausie with brown ticking color are very similar to Abyssinian cats

Black chausie
Black chausie

Chausie hair should not be monochromatic

Chausie character and behavior

Chausie, despite their wild roots, have a friendly character. They are very sociable and strongly attached to the owner. At the same time, they will not bother with constant meowing and sitting on their knees. Chausie are very smart and delicate.

Girl with chausie in her arms
Girl with chausie in her arms

Chausie is very attached to his master.

Chausie get along very well with children. They are very active and love outdoor games that children play with them. The attitude towards outsiders is indifferent. They are not afraid to go out to see who has visited their home, but they will not show their favor. It is important to note that Chausie behavior largely depends on his upbringing. From early childhood, the pet needs to be taught that a person's hands and feet are not a toy, then the animal in adulthood will not scratch and bite.

Wild roots have left their mark on the activity of Chausie - they are very mobile and curious animals. When buying this cat, you need to remember that it is unacceptable to keep representatives of class F1 and F2 in an apartment. It is vitally important for them to have a large space that can be explored without restraining their desire to run. Living in a private home is ideal for these cats.

Representatives of generations F3 and below can be kept in apartment conditions, but the owner must find time every day to communicate and play with the pet, as well as regularly walk it on a leash. These cats are well trained and are able to carry out some simple commands.

Chausie walks
Chausie walks

Chausie is best kept in a private house with access to the courtyard

The chausie's cleanliness is also excellent. They often and for a long time lick themselves, which saves the owner from endless cleaning of the room from animal hair.

Chausie disease

In general, Chausie are in good health, but they have a shorter gastrointestinal tract than most domestic cats, so they should not be included in the diet of plant foods.

Also, Chausie have an excellent appetite, which is more like gluttony, so the lack of control of the owner over the size of the pet's portion can lead to its obesity.

The rest of the Chausie health recommendations are the same as for other cat breeds:

  • timely vaccination;
  • measures aimed at preventing and getting rid of parasites;
  • annual preventive examination by a veterinarian.

    Veterinarian examines a cat's ears
    Veterinarian examines a cat's ears

    It is recommended to visit a veterinarian for a preventive examination at least once a year

Chausie live quite long: their lifespan is about 15-20 years

How to choose a kitten

Since the Chausie is a very rare breed, the cost of kittens is very high: it can start from 100 thousand rubles. There is no ceiling for the price. There is information on the Internet that very wealthy people paid 1 million rubles for one Chausie kitten.

While preparing this material, I found an advertisement for the sale of a Chausie kitten for 30 thousand rubles. But all the same, I very much doubt that a kitten of this breed can cost so little. The peculiarities of breeding are unlikely to allow the price to be reduced so much. Most likely, a completely different breed is issued for the Chausie.

Buying a Chausie kitten is a very difficult undertaking. Since this breed is very small in number, then nurseries with these beauties can be counted on one hand. Breeding Chausie is very difficult, so buying kittens from private breeders is very risky. Better to contact proven nurseries.

Outwardly, a small Chausie has the same characteristics as adults: color, wedge-shaped muzzle, wide high-set ears, black tip of the tail. The F1 kitten will be very large, its characteristic features are "deceiving eyes" (characteristic stripes and spots on the back of the ears) and the character of a predator. The F4 kitten has the character and size of a domestic cat.

Chausie kitten
Chausie kitten

Chausie kittens immediately have the color of an adult animal

When buying a kitten, you need to examine it:

  • the baby's belly should not be swollen;
  • the skin, ears and eyes must be clean;
  • the coat is uniform, without bald spots;
  • the kitten must be active and curious.

When buying a kitten, breeders must provide the following documents:

  • contract of sale;
  • kitten's metric or pedigree;
  • veterinary passport with marks on vaccinations and deworming.

When choosing a pet, you should also decide on its gender. Cats are more active, playful, but at a certain period they begin to mark their territory, which, of course, cannot please the owner. Cats are more affectionate, but several times a year during estrus they begin to ask to fulfill their mission: to become a mother. And since these cats are not easy to breed, this fact must be taken into account when buying an animal. It is also worth considering that some breeders note this feature in female Chausie: they often mark territory along with cats.

How to take care of your pet

Taking care of a Chausie is a snap. Since this cute kitty is very clean, it is enough to comb her hair once a week with a massage brush more in order to improve blood circulation, rather than to remove dead hairs.

There are no restrictions on bathing - Chausie love to swim. It is not uncommon for them to come to their owner's bathroom during his bathing and happily jump into the water with him.

Chausie in the bathroom
Chausie in the bathroom

Chausie love to swim

Despite the fact that most sources lack information on how often you can bathe a chausie, I still do not recommend doing it more than once every 3 months. As with any cat, the skin of this breed is covered with a special oil, which, if washed off, can lead to skin problems.

You need to clean your pet's eyes and ears as needed. Teeth also need periodic inspection and cleaning. It is enough to brush Chausie teeth once a week in order to prevent the appearance of tartar. Caring for the claws is not required if you have a scratching post, about which a fluffy handsome man will regularly sharpen his claws.

Chausie near the scratching post
Chausie near the scratching post

With a scratching post, Chausie will be able to take care of the claws himself

When it comes to toilet training with Chausie, it's not that simple. The closer the kitten's generation is to the wild ancestor, the more difficult it is to teach him to relieve his needs in a specially designated place, but still this question is not insoluble. With a certain patience and perseverance, the owner of the chausie after a while begins to go to the tray, which should be quite spacious, since this kitty is quite large. You can choose any filler.

In my opinion, clumping litters for cat litters are the best. They perfectly absorb odors, leave the cat's paws dry, you can replace only part of the used filler, and not completely empty out the entire contents of the tray.


As mentioned above, the chausie's gastrointestinal tract has a peculiarity: it is not able to digest plant foods. The diet of these cats should consist of the following foods:

  • raw meat of beef, rabbit, poultry;

    Chausie kitten eating meat
    Chausie kitten eating meat

    Chausie diet should be meat

  • raw fish;
  • raw quail eggs.

The Chausie diet is also different from how other cats are fed. If the usual recommendation for feeding kittens is 6 meals a day until they reach 3 months, 4 meals at the age of six months and 2 meals at 9 months, then it is not recommended to feed Chausie even at a young age more than twice a day. And when the animals reach the age of one year, the number of meals should be generally reduced to 1 time per day. At the same age, you need to start practicing a fasting day once a week. The amount of food that must enter the animal's body should not exceed 5% of its body weight.

Breeders recommend feeding your pet super premium commercial food. The food must be suitable for cats with sensitive digestion.

Breeding features

If you are going to start breeding Chausie, you need to be prepared for many difficulties. Firstly, to get kittens with the appearance of a true Chausie, you need to organize mating with a jungle cat, which is not so easy to find. Even the second generation of kittens will already be deprived of their unique appearance, let alone F3 generations and beyond.

Chausie cat feeds kittens
Chausie cat feeds kittens

Breeding Chausie is very difficult

Secondly, if, nevertheless, the offspring, possessing all the characteristics of the breed, can be obtained, then most of the males will be incapable of procreation. It is these features that determine such a high price of these cats in the first place.

If pregnancy does occur, then it passes without any peculiarities and lasts from 63 to 70 days from the moment of conception. Signs of pregnancy are:

  • poor appetite that appears within 10 days after mating;
  • lethargy;
  • increase and increase in nipple pigmentation;
  • an enlarged belly for 6 weeks.

Mating is planned not earlier than the end of the first or second estrus in animals not younger than 1 year old

Chausie castration and sterilization

Often, when buying an animal, breeders immediately discuss the issue of procreation with buyers. If a kitten is bought not for breeding, then usually it is prescribed in the contract that the owners are obliged to castrate or neuter the animal. Such individuals are cheaper than those that are allowed to mate.

If further continuation of the genus is not planned, then the animal must be castrated. Even if the cat is sterile from birth, this will not be an obstacle for him to mark the territory and loudly ask for a girlfriend. Castration is carried out when the milk teeth change, that is, at about 8 months. It is best to neuter your cat between 9 and 12 months of age.

Specialists do not note any peculiarities in carrying out these operations.

Video: about the chausie cat

Owner reviews

Of course, not everyone can afford to have a cat like the Chausie. But exotic lovers will not remain indifferent to this unusual beauty. For its appearance, habits and character, it deserves such a high price.

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