GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Chausie
should resemble its non-domestic ancestor, Felis chaus. Accordingly,
the Chausie is a tall, long-legged, lean and
supple cat. It is built for running and
jumping over water, reed beds, and other
obstacle-filled terrain. Like a basketball
player or an Olympic long jumper, the
Chausie is ectomorphic, with musculature
and lanky body low on bulk, built with the
limberness and reach for a log stride and
lightning pounce The breed has a deep
chest for lung capacity, but flat sides for
light weight and flexibility. Like Felis
chaus, Chausies have large, upright,
preferably tufted ears, a long forehead and
muzzle, and a slightly short tail. The eyes
are flattened above and rounded below,
above exotically slanting high cheekbones.
Temperament is predominantly domestic.
Chausies are good-natured, loyal, highly
intelligent and trainable. They are active,
curious, playful cats that require stimulation and company.
HEAD: 40 points
Shape: Modified wedge, medium in
width from frontal view. High, angular, long cheekbones create
a change of direction at the muzzle. The long muzzle balances the
cheekbones and ends in smooth, full contours, a full chin and puffy
Eyes:Medium to slightly small in
size. Bottom is a half oval that slants toward the
outer base of the ear. Top is a markedly
flattened, horizontal half oval. Gold or
yellow eye color preferred, hazel to light
Profile: Long, sloping forehead
ends in a gradual, slight convex bend over the
eyebrows. Just above the eyes, the profile
descends in a gentle concave curve to
below the eyes. The nose rises near its end
to form a slight bump above the convex
Ears: Tall, large ears are set at
a slight outward angle on top of head, about two
fingers apart between the inside bases. The
ears are fairly wide all the way up with
rounded ear tips. Ear tufts preferred; lack
of tufts not a penalty.
Neck: The neck is of medium length and
Muzzle: Long to balance the
cheekbones, ending in full slightly rounded
contours, full chin and puffy nose leather.
Chin: Full, both in profile and frontal view, and of medium depth.
Nose: Medium to wide, slightly broader
between the eyes. Nose leather is convex and full.
BODY: 40 points
Torso: Long, lean, flat-sided,
chested. The large rectangular body is firm,
but not broad or bulky.
Legs: Long, with medium boning.
Feet: The feet are medium in size and
oval in shape.
Tail: Slightly short, medium width, with
slight taper and fully articulated.
Musculature: Long and lean rather
Boning: Long legs with medium boning
that complement a deep chested torso of medium width.
COAT/COLOR/PATTERN: 20 points
Length: Short to medium, with enough
length to accommodate at least two bands of ticking.
Texture: A dense, soft undercoat
with a somewhat resilient, slightly coarser outer
coat. Solid black may feel softer. Black
grizzled cats may feel coarser in proportion
to the amount of grizzling present.
Brown Ticked Tabby: Mouse gray
next to the skin with sandy gray to reddish
gold base coat. The coat will have two or
three bands of dark ticking. Tabby barring
is preferred on the tail, upper inside front
legs and to the hock on the back legs. The
neck may or may not have necklaces. The
backs of the ears will have thumbprint markings of a lighter color.
should outline the eyes and muzzle. The
underside will range in color from off-white
to sandy-gold. Some flecking or speckling
may occur on the stomach. The nose
leather is brick with a dark outline. Paw
pads may be black, black with rosy tones,
pink or any combination of these. Allow
for faint tabby markings on body of kittens
up to one year old.
Black: Solid black.
Black Grizzled Ticked Tabby: A pattern
acquired from the breed’s Jungle Cat
(Felis chaus) ancestors. The pattern is a
dominant trait that may possibly be caused by
a mutation at the agouti locus or extension locus. The hair shaft
is banded with lighter coloration at the skin (akin to
mouse coat) alternating dark and lighter
bands of ticking and ending with a dark tip.
Nose leather is aways solid black. Paw
pads may be solid black, black with rosy
tones, pink or any combination of these.
Allow for minimal grizzling in kittens
ALLOWANCES: The tail may range from
3/4 to full length, with slightly shorter than a
normal length tail being the preference.
Larger size and slightly heavier boning on
males. Jowls on males that pull the ears a
little lower than otherwise desirable.
PENALIZE: In tabbies, a lack of tabby
markings on legs or tail.
DISQUALIFY (DQ): Tail too short,
resulting from a mutated gene
(MX/PB/ABT-ABS). Tail kinked or lacking
flexibility. White lockets.