Chausie Cat

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Temperament          Energetic, intelligent, friendly, family-oriented
Origin                      Egypt, South Asia
Other Names           Jungle Curl, Mountwain Cougar, Stone Cougar, Jungle Cat, Nile Cat, Miniature Cougar Cat
Group                      Large short-haired
Height                     14″-18″
Body Length            16″-22″
Weight                     12-25 pounds
Life Expectancy       10-15 years
Price                         $500-$2500

About the Chausie Cat

If the Chausie cat reminds you of an extra-large Abyssinian, you’re on the right track! These incredible felines were developed by crossing jungle cats – also known as swamp cats or reed cats – from Southeast Asia with domesticated Abyssinians.

Weighing in at up to 30 pounds, Chausies are among the largest domesticated cats in existence. As a hybrid, every Chausie cat is a unique individual, with a big personality to matChausie it’s size. Chausie cats develop strong bonds with their families and do not like to be left alone.

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The Chausie requires an all meat diet. Many Chausie cats are incapable of breaking down plant matter, so it’s important to avoid foods that contain vegetables or grains.
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Chausie cats have short coats that require very little attention. A weekly brushing gives you an opportunity to bond with your cat while reducing shedding.

Because Chausie cats are so energetic and playful (and so large!), it’s a very good idea to keep their claws clipped short. They don’t mean to damage their families’ belongings, but it can happen easily.

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Chausie cats require plenty of exercise. Their wild nature demands access to a tall cat tower, multiple scratching posts, and plenty of toys. A Chausie cat happily engages in exercise on its own, but appreciates interaction from human family members.
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Chausie cats are generally healthy, but can suffer from malnutrition without a diet that consists of animal products alone.


It is believed that Chausie cats share some Characteristics with early domesticated hybrid cats from Egypt and the surrounding area. These cats share similarities with some of the mummified cat remains found in Egyptian tombs.

Even though hybrid cats have been in existence since ancient times, the Chausie cat stands out for its fairly modern roots. Breeders began to experiment with crossing jungle cats (Felis Chaus) with Abyssinians in the 1990s. The result was the Chausie, a robust hybrid cat with wild looks and an independent personality.

The Chausie cat breed was formally recognized by The International Cat Association in 1995.

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Did You Know?

The Chausie is capable of making incredible leaps, easily jumping 6 feet straight in the air from a standing position. These cats love to jump and experienced pet parents keep surfaces clear to prevent delicate items from being broken.

Chausie cats enjoy walking on leashes, and appreciate the ability to explore the outdoors along with their human companions.

While Chausies are sociable and friendly, they are not ideal for families with small children or little prey-type pets. They tend to do very well with other cats, particularly other Chausies.

The Breed Standard

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Chausie cats have striking eyes with an intense gaze, usually in shades of green or gold.


The legs are muscular, with a powerful appearance. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs.


The tail is short in comparison with the body; it is thick and muscular, without much of a taper.


The body should be long and slender, with well-defined musculature. Females typically weigh 15 to 20 pounds, while males average 25 pounds.


The Chausie cat has a rounded head with pronounced features and prominent whisker pads.


The ears are large and well proportioned, with wide bases that taper to rounded tips.


The coat is short with a plush undercoat and a coarser upper layer.


Chausie cats have grizzled coat colors, typically in shades of tan, black, and brown. Often, there is cream to white shading at the muzzle. TICA recognizes three patterns: solid black, grizzled tabby, and brown ticked tabby. Chausies appear in three pretty patterns — brown-ticked tabby, solid black and grizzled tabby. The brown-ticked tabby pattern displays barring on the inner legs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Chausie cat cost?

Chausie cats cost between $500-$2500.

How big do Chausie cats get?

Chausie cats tend to be large in size. A fully grown Chausie cat might weigh between 12-25 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 14″-18″ inches tall.

How long do Chausie cats live?

The Average lifespan for Chausie is 10-15 years.

Do Chausie cats shed?

Chausie are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.