Chausie cats are a combination of a domestic cat and a wild marsh cat. Chausie are extremely intelligent animals, in addition, they are very active. They have to explore every nook and cranny in the house, enter every cupboard, they are very curious individuals. In addition, they are very attached to their owners and give them unprecedented love.
The history of chausie dates back to ancient Egypt. When mud cats living in Egypt attracted the interest of the local population. They were distinguished by their agility, intelligence, and natural hunting skills. Also, they were very gentle, so domestication of these individuals was not difficult. Interestingly, cats of this breed could be found in the tombs of the pharaohs. They were mummified with their owners.
The first attempts at breeding a chausie, i.e. a mix of a mud cat and a domestic cat, date back to the 1960s and 1970s. Officially, the breed was recognized by the TICA organization in 1995, and since 2010, cats of this breed can be found at exhibitions organized by the said organization.
Chausie are medium-sized individuals, they are classified as short-haired cats. They live about 12-18 years, from time to time there are individuals that live even more than 20 years.
The head of the Chausie cats is in the form of a modified wedge, with long and angular cheeks. In addition, the head is distinguished by a long muzzle, which gives a characteristic expression to the face. The muzzle perfectly balances with the pronounced cheekbones. The eyes are medium in size and have an interesting shape – slightly oval, and at the same time slanted at the edges from the side of the ears. The eyes are beautifully outlined with a black halo.
The ears are long and large, wide at the base and tapering towards the tips, forming slightly pointed tips. The nose is of medium size. It is slightly wider between the eyes.
The entire silhouette of the Chausie cat is long, slender. In motion, she is agile and flexible. The chest should be deep. The whole structure of the body is accompanied by long legs, the bones of which are of medium thickness. The silhouette should be elegant, agile and slim. Cats of this breed look unfavorable with excess body fat.
Chausie cats have a short coat in most cases. Sometimes you can meet representatives of this breed with medium-length hair. In addition to the fur, individuals have an undercoat that protects against adverse weather conditions. This type of coat is somewhat springy, yet soft and dense.
Chausie cats can be found in three color varieties: black, or Solid Black, brown – Brown Tocked Tabby, and silver – Black Grizzled Ticked Tabby.
Representatives of this breed are extremely intelligent animals. Chausie is distinguished by a strong attachment to the guardian. In addition, they are very curious and active cats that are constantly looking for new hiding places and opportunities to play. The desire to constantly play is related to their wild nature, which they inherited from their ancestors from the side of the mud cat.
Chausie cats do not need special care. Considering the fact that their coat is, in most individuals, short, their care is not difficult. It is enough to take the time once or twice a week to brush out the dead coat. In addition, it is worth taking care of regular care of their claws.
The price range is very diverse. Considering the fact that cats of this breed are rare in Poland, their price is much higher. Pedigree individuals can be purchased from 4,000 to even 15,000 PLN.