Chausie (CHS)


To Shorthair breeds

The Chausie is a medium-sized to large cat. She is a "hybrid" cat (Felis Chaus x domestic cat) and should resemble the Felis Chaus in appearance.


The body is long, lean, rectangular, athletic and deep chested torso with a powerful but flat musculature. The large rectangular body is firm, but not broad or bulky.

The ribcage should not be rounded. The legs are long, with strong musculature and medium boning and the feet are medium in size (in proportion to the body) and oval in shape.

The neck is of medium length and thickness.



Slightly short  (to hock joint, max. 1/3 of the body length), medium width, with slight taper and sufficient joints and fully movable.


The head shape is a modified wedge, medium in width from frontal view. High, angular, broad and 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 (both in profile and frontal view) and of medium depth.

The profile is 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 and puffy nose leather.  The nose is medium to wide, slightly broader between the eyes.  Nose leather is convex and full.


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. Lynx tips are desired and are preferred.


Medium to slightly small in size, in proportion to the Head. 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 green is allowed.


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.

Short to medium length with enough length to accommodate at least two bands of ticking.

Colour varieties
  • Black ticked tabby:

Mouse gray color 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. Off-white 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 without white brindlings.


  • Black Grizzled ticked tabby:

A pattern acquired from the breed’s Jungle Cat (FelisChaus) 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 always solid black.

Paw pads may be solid black, black with rosy tones, pink or any combination of these.

Allow for minimal grizzling in kittens.


  • In tabbies, a lack of tabby markings on legs or tail

  •  Dark green eyes


Faults that exclude the certificate
  • Straight profile

  • Tail longer than 1/3 of the bodylength


  • Tail too short, resulting from a mutated gen (Manx/Pixiebob/American Bobtail)

  • Tail kinked or lacking flexibility

  • White lockets

Permitted outcrosses

Abyssinian, Domestic Shorthair

Scale of points
Body 35 points
Head 25 points
Ears 10 points
Eyes    5 points
Coat, texture and length 10 points
Colour 10 points
Condition    5 points
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