The Chausie’s history dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who prized these cats for their laidback demeanor and natural hunting ability. In fact, the Chausie’s name was derived from the Latin name “felis chaus,” which translates to “jungle cat.” The Chausie typically resides from the Nile Valley to the Caspian Sea, as well as in South Asia as far as Vietnam. The breed was so highly regarded that mummified Chausies were discovered in Egyptian tombs where they were buried with their owners to serve as companions in the afterlife. Chausie hybrids began to appear from North America to Southeast Asia when the breed mated with domestic cats, such as the Abyssinian, and while this occurred centuries ago, the first recorded hybrid breeding was in 1990. Since then, breeders have worked to further develop the Chausie, one of the largest domestic cat breeds, which was registered with The International Cat Association in 1995 and fully accepted in 2013.