Formerly known as the Nile Cat this magnificent creature will leave an indelible impression.ÿ This svelte cat strides with feral grace and captivates its audience with it?s tall legs and long, lean muscular body.ÿHistoryThe name Chausie was derived from the Latin name for its wild cat ancestor, the Jungle Cat, which is Felis Chaus. Since the objective of Chausie breeders is to develop a new breed of cat with a fully domestic temperament that retains the appearance and superior intelligence of the Jungle Cat, it helps to know something about the Jungle Cat.ÿJungle Cat is such a generic sounding term that many think it refers to any wild cat whose habitat is the jungle, such as a leopard, jaguar or ocelot, but the Jungle Cat is a distinct species and one of the largest among the smaller wild cats, weighing from 9 to 35 pounds. The Jungle Cat is the widest ranging and among the most populous species of all wild cats today. It can be found from North Africa across the Middle East into Southeast Asia. It ranges north into Soviet Asia and south into the Indian subcontinent. Contrary to its name, much of the Jungle Cat's habitat in these various regions is desert or arid mountain terrain. The Jungle Cat was found in ancient Egypt and was accorded sacred status in the time of the pharaohs, perhaps for helping keep rats from infesting grain supplies. It is the tall, slender, long-legged physique of the Jungle Cat that is immortalized in the Egyptian statues of cats which honor the goddess Bast. Jungle Cat remains have been found entombed with the pharaohs.ÿ Jungle Cat hybrids, which were the first Chausies, were bred as early as the late 60's and early 70's. They were and are a breeding between a Jungle Cat and a domestic shorthaired cat carefully chosen to have an appearance similar to the Jungle Cat. The current TICA Chausie Breed Group Chair, Sandra Cassalia, began her Chausie breeding program in 1990, calling them Nile Cats. Judy Bender was able to obtain foundation registry for the Chausie with TICA in 1995. Then, in February 2003, TICA Board members accepted the Chausie for Advanced New Breed Status thereby allowing breeders to exhibit their Chausies at TICA shows for evaluation by the judges. This is an important step in the journey toward the next step to the show hall. Championship status, nonetheless, is most likely two to three years away.DescriptionChausies like their Jungle Cat ancestors come in three colors brown ticked tabby, black, and silver tip. They are a large cat typically standing 12" -14" and sometimes reaching 18" at the shoulders. Male Chausies weigh from 14 -20 pounds with a few weighing as much as 25 pounds. The female can weigh from 9 -18 pounds. ÿIt is preferable for the ears to have lynx tips and for the tail to be 3/4 in length. The Chausie should look like a photo image of a Jungle Cat only somewhat smaller.TemperamentChausies are extremely intelligent, almost dog-like and highly active. If you are looking for a lazy, low-key, mellow pet - the chausie is NOT for you! Their muscular build and wild ancestry enable them to be quite athletic and fast. Chausies can be leery of strangers but are loyal and loving to their owners. They get along exceptionally well with other cats.ÿ The Chausie is the next best thing to owning a wild cat! The size, wild look and walk of the Chausie tells you this is no ordinary housecat.
This breed information has been assembled from a number of area which include "The Legacy of the Cat" by Gloria Stephens, "Eyewitness Handbooks - Cats" by David Alderton and the "TICA Breed Standards".ÿ As well, much information was obtained on the Internet. It was submitted to us by Southern Alberta Calgary Cat Fanciers