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Chausie Show Cats

Discussion in 'Non-Savannah Photos and Videos' started by admin, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    Cristy or Bobbie...can you show us some show quality Chausies, so we know what to look for in the rings? many of us have never seen a Chausie up close and personal, some of us would love to show but it would be great to see what you all consider show quality chausies.

    Maybe Sheryl can chime in as well? Thank you!
     
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  2. Pam Flachs

    Pam Flachs Savannah Super Cat

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    That's a great idea, Paige! I've not seen a Chausie either. I would love to see pics!
     
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  3. Bobbie

    Bobbie Savannah Kitten

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    I hate to admit it but I am the world's worst for taking photos! I don't even own a camera.....just my cell phone and the cats move much faster than the lens can catch so many of them wind up blurred.
     
  4. Bobbie

    Bobbie Savannah Kitten

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    I just posted a reply but I don't see it coming up....I said I hate to admit it but I am the world's worst at taking photos....I don't even own a camera so rely on my cell phone!
     
  5. Bobbie

    Bobbie Savannah Kitten

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    I think I would also like to say that I find it sort of difficult to talk about a "show" cat in a new breed that is not Championship yet. Many things define a show cat.....temperament is probably first on the list....if they don't like the show or act up while being judged they most likely are not going to do anything in the Championship Classes. After that you want a cat that conforms to the standard as closely as possible. Championship showing is much different than new breed showing and much stricter regarding what is a competitive cat.
    New breed class is about educating both the judges and the breeders....the breeders need to know their standards and be able to point out both the good things on the cat and also be able to see the things that they would like to change in the cat. There really is no "win or loose" to it....

    So, I guess to me there really is no such thing as a "show cat" in the new breeds class.......it is a work in progress for the developing breeds and a place to show what progress is being made.
     
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  6. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    Well...how about if you make believe the Chausie is already a Championship breed :roflmao:
     
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  7. Bobbie

    Bobbie Savannah Kitten

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    Then I would have to say that Tor that Cristy showed was the closest cat to the standard I've bred so far and he had a great show temperament.
    There are several nice kittens this year but it's hard to see the end result in a kitten....they change so much.
    I kept two of Fire's kittens....one has a great temperament and the other has great type....to get both on the same cat is the trick!
     
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  8. Bobbie

    Bobbie Savannah Kitten

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  9. Dr. Cris Bird

    Dr. Cris Bird Savannah Super Cat

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    I'd have to say that Tor was the best late generation Chausie ever bred. I have not seen better. And he also had an outstanding temperament. He was a large, gentle, goodnatured cat -- whether at home or in the show hall. I put a photo of him in a different part of this forum, but I'll put a closer view of his head here:

    Atorhd.jpg

    His head was just about perfect. About the only thing that could have been tweaked is the ear set. Would have moved the ears *slightly* higher -- just slightly. Chausies aren't supposed to have a vertical ear set. Should be about two fingers apart and just slightly offset from vertical. Oh -- I suppose his eyes could have been more yellow and that would have been better. The pale, greenish color is acceptable, but yellow or gold are preferred.

    Other than that, this photo shows most of what you want on the head of a good Chausie. The eye shape is perfect. It's distinctly flattened on top, but the bottom curve is fulller than you see on a Savannah.

    You see the long muzzle -- and the muzzle only tapers a tiny bit. It is fuller than you'd want in a Savannah. The chin is not deep, but it's not shallow either. The cheekbones are a distinctive feature, well illustrated on Tor's head. They are high, long, angular cheekbones.

    You see the eyes are set fairly wide apart. The nose gets a little bit narrower as you move from between the eyes to the tip of the muzzle.

    Going back to the ears, you see how wide they are -- wide all the way from base to tip. That's hard to get in a Chausie, and it's very desirable. You see how the tips are somewhat rounded, too. That's perfect.

    I'll look for some other photos to illustrate additional features.
     
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  10. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    Thanks Bobbie and Cristy! YOu know I love Tor and the picture of him here is stunning. Thanks Cristy for the detailed description of Tor, which helps us understand the Chausie standard much better.

    Tor was a beautiful, beautiful boy!
     

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