Chausies are bred to be medium to large in size, as compared to traditional domestic breeds. Most Chausies are a little smaller than a male Maine Coon, for example, but larger than a Siamese. Adult Chausie males typically weigh 9 to 15 pounds. Adult females are usually 7 to 10 pounds. However, because Chausies are built for running and jumping, they tend to be built like basketball players. They are long-bodied and leggy. They often appear quite large, but they weigh less than one would expect. The TICA Chausie breed standard allows three colors: solid black, black grizzled tabby, and black (a.k.a. brown) ticked tabby. Because the Chausie breed is relatively new, Chausies are still frequently born that have a variety of other colors and patterns, and they make wonderful pets. However, only the three permissible colors are considered ideal. Only cats in the three permissible colors can be entered in new breed classes at cat shows, and only the three colors will be eligible eventually for championship classes.
Although a descendant of a wild cat, the Chausies are very active, interactive and assertive by nature. They love people and their company. They are known to be excellent jumpers and for their hunting skills. They need your time and attention, especially for some interactive play sessions. They would jump, run and leap into the air while playing. They need cat toys to play with and a separate area dedicatedly for their adventure moments. The fearless character of this breed tends to land them into trouble if these cats are allowed to go outside. These curious felines would learn to open doors and go out, often ending in some mischief. But they are intelligent and alert, and would easily pick up commands from their owners. These cats are ready to please their owners, and are similar to dogs in loyalty. They are mostly one-man cats, and would prefer to spend every moment with his most-loved person in the household. Although, they are affectionate with other members as well.