The chausie cat size is medium to large and can weigh as much as 15 to 30 pounds. It is one of the largest domestic cat breeds, considering that they are bred to retain the physical appearance of a jungle cat. Its body structure is long and lean, with deep chest and a slightly short, adequately wide tail.
It has large ears complementing the wild appearance. Its head is shaped into a modified wedge with an elongated cougar-like snout. The eyes are small to medium in size, with half-oval top part and the bottom nicely half oval, slanting to the ears’ outer base. The eye colours are mostly gold or yellow, but can also be hazel to light green.
As to the chausie’s coat, it is a short to medium in length. It should be long enough to have two bands of ticking visible in its coat. It has a soft undercoat and has a somewhat coarser outercoat. The chausie, having the solid black colour, may be softer, whilst the black grizzled cats may be coarser. Accepted variety of colours are the following:
- Brown ticked tabby has the mouse grey colour close to the skin, whilst the base colour should be sandy grey or reddish gold. The eyes and muzzle should have outlined with an off-white colour. The coat may have two or three bands of dark ticking. The neck can either have or not have necklaces. At the back of the ears show thumbprint markings with a lighter colour.
- Black coated the cat in a solid colour.
- Black grizzled ticked tabby is a striking trait acquired from the jungle cat ancestor. It may follow an alternate band of dark and lighter colour that ends with a darker tip.
Grooming is minimal as it sheds lightly and only sheds the most during spring. A weekly brushing and wiping with chamois leather would suffice. Further, follow basic grooming such as regular nail trimming, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning. The earlier these grooming routine is introduced, the better.