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An Exotic Domestic Cat that Looks Like a Cougar But Acts Like a Very Smart Dog

Chausie Kittens For Sale

A long, lean, majestic cat partially derived from jungle origins many centuries ago, the Chausie (pronounced "chow-see") is a domestic breed that has the stunning looks of a wild cougar. Aside from this cat’s ability to leap like a gazelle, hunt like a lion and dazzle like a goddess, the exotic Chausie is an affectionate, highly intelligent feline with the loyalty of man’s best friend. While content to live indoors with you as its main focus of attention, this cat is a handful but well worth the effort if you’re up to it.

The Chausie name represents its ancestor – the Jungle Cat, Felis chaus. In Egypt more than three thousand years ago, two species of wild cat found their ways into Egyptian consciousness. One was Felis lybica, and the other was Felis chaus. Felis chaus was relatively tame in temperament from the start, with more than the usual potential for domestication; so also was Felis lybica. Whether by chance or for other reasons, the Egyptians ultimately developed their prevalent domesticated cat from Felis lybica.

Nonetheless, the Egyptians loved their Jungle Cats, the Felis chaus, enough to honor them with formal funeral rites, such as mummification – and enough to take them hunting, and to paint them into scene after scene in murals and on ceramic vessels. Some say that the representations of the goddess "Bastet"—the Goddess of Joy – were modeled after Jungle Cats, and we can certainly see the resemblance in her long, slender body; large, cat-like ears; and long, pointed nose.

From North Africa to India to Southeast Asia, reports date back to many centuries of cats that seem to have been hybrids of the Felis chaus. Jungle Cats are very common in Thailand. A rather bold, selfsufficient species, Felis chaus is notorious for surviving in the wild with natural resources its only refuge.

In the late 20th century, cat fanciers in the U.S. set out to gain experience in developing purely domestic breeds from selected species of wild cats. The process involves mating a few members of one carefully chosen small wild cat species to a large number of domestic cats. In the late 1990s, a group of breeders decided to apply this new expertise to developing a breed that would be a hybrid of Felis chaus. Because Chausies are mostly descended from domestic cats, by about the fourth generation, they are fully fertile and completely domestic in temperament. Yet, they are stunningly wild in looks.

The main purpose behind creating early Chausie hybrids was the same as the reason for developing early Bengals, Savannahs, and other wild cat hybrids. For centuries, humans had been trying to domesticate wild cats (and other wild animals) by simply confining them to their households. Such attempts were not only inhumane, but often produced tragic results. Thus, Chausie hybrids were created to offer those interested in "possessing" exotic cats a more reasonable alternative: a wildlooking cat with domestic behaviors, temperaments and needs.

T.I.C.A. states that cats must be four generations removed from their Jungle Cat ancestors and have three generations of registered Chausie ancestors in order to participate in competition. As a result, a variety of breeds – albeit usually lively, outgoing species – were used to develop the Chausie lineage and continue to be used occasionally as outcrosses. This has given the breed a broad, diverse, and genetically healthy foundation.

The Chausie was given foundation registry status by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1995. Having moved appropriately through the ranks, it now competes in the Advanced new breed rings in TICA shows. The breed has also begun the new breed recognition process in the World Cat Federation (W.C.F.). Within the domestic breeds, the Chausie is categorized as a "nondomestic hybrid source breed." Other domestic breeds in this category include the Bengal (bred from the Asian Leopard Cat) and the Savannah (bred from the wild Serval cat).

Chausies require intellectual challenge and physical activity. When in motion, like the Jungle Cat which the Chausie closely resembles, it displays the prowess of a world-class athlete! The Chausie is graceful, lithe and limber, like a stealthy ballerina stalking its prey. While they have very long legs, and seem to be rather large cats, they weigh surprisingly less than expected.

Chausies can be good-natured pickpockets and thieves with one reportedly stealing a pork chop from a frying pan while cooking on the stove! Like Bengals and Savannahs, Chausies can learn to open cupboards and door latches, and love to get into things—often by pulling them all out for inspection. They love to play around keyboards, and they covet their designated role as "supervisor," as they want to be in the middle of – and in charge of – everything that goes on, thanks to their curiosity and high intelligence. If you are looking for a couch potato, the Chausie breed is not the right breed for you. In general, Chausies accept other cats, and dogs as well, but they aren't an ideal choice for people with very small children, lots of precious breakables, or a low tolerance for mischief.

A feline of moderately large size, it is tall with a long slender body, and a deep chest that facilitates efficient breathing while performing its impressive moves. It has short hair and large ears which stand at attention, some with tufts on the tips.

The Chausie breed standard allows three colors: solid black, black grizzled tabby, and brown-ticked tabby. Because the Chausie breed is relatively new, Chausies are still frequently born with a variety of other colors and patterns. These qualify as wonderful pets—however, only cats in the three permissible colors can be entered in new breed classes at cat shows, and only the three colors are eligible for championship classes.

The grizzled tabby pattern came originally from Felis chaus and is unique to the Chausie breed. No other domestic breed of cat displays this pattern. Imagine a tabby with a very dark background to its black markings. It is so dark you almost can't see the markings because they are all nearly the same shade of black. Then imagine a sprinkling of white bands scattered randomly across the coat. It's a bit like the Milky Way on the coat of a black cat, but with hints of tabby pattern visible here and there. The tips of the hairs are black. The white occurs only as bands in the middle of the black hairs. That's the grizzled pattern. Gold or yellow eye color is preferred – though yellower and lighter shades of green are also permitted—making for a striking combination of coat and eye color!

Although Felis chaus by nature is a gregarious, fun-loving, nondomestic species, breeders outcrossed this Jungle Cat with mostly very intelligent, outgoing breeds such as the Abyssinian and the Oriental Shorthair, with a somewhat predictable result: Chausies are smart, agile, energetic cats. Rather frenzied as kittens, the adult cat is typically more serene but retains a playful kitten-like demeanor and avid curiosity through its life to keep things interesting for you.

One thing to bear in mind: Chausies do not like to be left alone. They need to have other cats as companions or have human company most of the time. Chausies get along well with dogs, too, and will do fine if raised with a canine buddy. Chausies form very deep bonds with their people. They are extremely loyal, and may have difficulty adjusting if rehomed as adults. They need intelligent people who like living with complicated, intelligent cats.

Do you hunger for a touch of the wild in your cat? The Chausie may be just the breed for you. Picture a cat of the grace, size, and exotic aura of a wild jungle cat, combined with the temperament of a domestic cat, and you have just imagined a cat resembling the Chausie. And, while the Chausie was not bred primarily with the idea in mind of creating a "sofa ornament" for your living room, Chausies are very beautiful and decorative cats.

The ideal Chausie has been described as "fearless, but not aggressive."

However, if you do not have the time to devote yourself to the attention and care of a large, active cat, or if you prefer fine delicate porcelain tea cups to earthenware, you might want to look elsewhere for a cat. As with any other cat, your interest in a Chausie should be a carefully-considered, lifetime commitment, so it is important that you understand their nature and tendencies before making your choice.

Before you purchase a Chausie, check your state and local ordinances, as the cat is still considered a wild-cat hybrid for the first three generations, and some municipalities may ban wild-cat crosses altogether. Also, choose your breeder very carefully. Most cat breeders are honest, committed people who keep their catteries scrupulously clean and are truly concerned about the health and well-being of their cats and kittens —but a few are not, particularly among those who are involved in raising and selling the "wild thangs" for profit.

Try to visit prospective catteries, but if that is not possible for you, then collect some referrals from breeders to former customers who have purchased kittens from them, and then actually consult with those customers. This kind of conscientious and informed shopping becomes particularly important when buying a wild cat hybrid or domestic kitten, which you expect will become a dominant and pleasurable part of your life for many years to come. Obviously, you want to find the happiest, healthiest, most energetic kitten you can—and one which has been bred to the highest of standards!