Chausie: one of the main advantages of this breed is lack of genetical pathologies

Interview with owner of kennel Hannibal Cerber, which specializes on breeding Maine Coons and Chausies

Why have you decided to go into the breeding of the Chausie?

- I’ve just liked its kitten. At first we’ve bought a female cat as a hobby. And then we’ve simply fallen in love with the breed.

So you’ve already told a bit about your cat. It’s a hybrid breed, in fact it’s both a cat breed and a wild cat. What characterizes the hybrids of the first, second, third generations and what’s the difference between these generations? How many of them are showed?

- Actually today the hybrids up to the 7th generation are recognized. In Russia the hybrids up to the 5th generation can participate in shows.

Is there any significant difference between these generations or do the first generation differ from the rest minimally?

- Well, in this case the mating with various cats is permissible. The mating with Jungle Cats or Maine Coons is a common practice. That’s why it’s impossible to say clearly how they differ… they are all different. And you can’t tell even from the generations, it depends on which breeds featured in the pedigree.

Is there any list of allowable breeds with which wild cats are usually mated in order to produce a Chausie?

- Basically it’s acceptable to mate them with domestic cats. A phenotypic Chausie can be obtained from mating with Abyssinians and Maine Coons. In principle these two breeds are primary ones.

Are there any requirements for their colouring?

- By now 5 coat patterns have been accepted, namely black, blotched tabby, blotched and spotted.

Have they been allowed by the WCF to participate in rings?

- We’ve been permitted there on an exceptional basis since it’s an interesting breed. But it’s mainly showed in the class of hybrid breeds.

Do you mean that it’s a stabilizing breed?

- Actually it’s interesting because it’s a hybrid animal, hybrid with a wild animal which is now in just several steps from becoming an official cat breed.

I know that there is an equivalent of the Chausie among dogs as well. It’s the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog which is initially with a touch of wolf’s blood. Is there any limit on the amount of wild blood, in addition to the concept of generations?

- No. I own a female, which has entered the ring, it was born to the F1’s mother which in turn was born to such a female cat and a Jungle male cat so the mother has 75% of wild blood. And there is more than 40% of such blood in the female.

Do you mean that it’s possible to get a Chausie from mixing the Jungle Cat with the Swamp Lynx?

- No, the Jungle Cat and the Swamp Lynx is the same thing.

I’ve came across the definition which isn’t scientific, but it says that the coat of the Jungle Cat has spots and the Swamp Lynx has more monochromatic colouring. Is this classification wrong?

- But they are all initially born with spotted coats; this is a characteristic of wild cats. Here, for example, is this cat. Initially it’s been a spotted kitten but with age its colouring has become more blurred.

Does it change much with age?

- The colouring of tabby cats changes not too much but noticeably.

But that’s quite normal for wild cats that all kittens are born with spots, and then…

- Yes.

Does the breed have any special features as far as it concerns its character? Does it need any particular care?

- There are no any special requirements. The only thing that’s worth mentioning is that it’s a hyper active breed. They literally fly up the wall.

That’s what people also say about Norwegian Forest Cats, that they fly across walls.

- Well, that’s right, on the ensemble it leaps up in one single bound. Actually the great upside of this breed is that it doesn’t have any inherited pathologies.



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