Felis chaus is the Latin name for Jungle Cat, they were revered a lot in the ancient Egyptian culture, their natural habitat was primarily the Nile Valley but they found their way into the Egyptian palaces due to their exotic good looks. The Egyptians preserved them through their artwork and mummified them along with the royalty, it has been said that the statue of Goddess Bastet was remodeled to immortalize the Jungle Cat.
The Chausie breed pronounced as chow-see get their royal wildcat looks and behavior from these Jungle Cats. This breed is not yet recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA), however it has been granted foundation registry status by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1995. It has also received Championship status due to the continuous efforts of the breeders. Let us take a look at the characteristics of this breed.
Female weight: 15-20 pounds
They are large-sized and can stand 17 to 18 inches, males are generally taller than the females and they can live up to 14 years.