Sarsenstone Chausies and Thai (Old Style Siamese)

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The Chausie

This domestic breed of cat was derived from other domestic cats and a few individuals from a nondomestic species, Felis chaus (also known as the Jungle Cat or Reed Cat). The ideal Chausie is a tall, long-bodied, long-legged cat, with big ears set high. It has a deep chest, but flat sides. The Chausie looks big, but weighs less than you'd expect. A large Chausie, for example, might look like 20 pounds, but actually weigh 14. These cats are built for running and jumping, not for weightlifting.

Chausies come in three patterns: black ticked tabby, solid black, and black grizzled tabby. The black ticked tabbies can in background color be slightly reddish; sandy; or a cool, grayish, stone-like color. The solid black cats remind one of black panthers. The black grizzled Chausies are black with a faint tabby pattern showing through and random specks of silvery white strewn across the coat. The grizzled pattern is unique to the Chausie breed.

Sarsenstone Cattery breeds primarily 5th generation or later Chausies. These are comparable in personality and energy level to the Asian breeds of domestic cat, such as the Thai or Siamese. That means they are active, playful, inquisitive, intelligent, and stay that way long past kittenhood. They don't like being alone and do like having a close relationship with the humans they live with. They have a style of movement that is beautiful to watch, looselimbed and fluid.

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The Thai
 
This is one of the oldest breeds of cat on Earth. Known as the Wichienmaat in Thailand and in some places as the Old-Style Siamese, this breed appeared at least 700 years ago in the kingdom of Ayudhia. Long after Ayudhia fell and was replaced by the kingdom of Siam, the British arrived and were enthralled with the breed. They brought many cats back to England in the late 1800s and early 1900s. From them, they established a breed they called the "Siamese" because they found the cats in the kingdom of Siam.
 
The Siamese evolved during the twentieth century to a much more stylized, more extreme looking cat than the cats found in Thailand. Some people liked the changes in the breed, but some did not. By the 1950s, the breed began to diverge in North America and Europe. Most breeders bred the typier, more extreme breed the Siamese had become. A few preserved the look of the early twentieth century cats, but the old-style Siamese were no longer recognized in the show halls. In 2001, breeders began to import Wichienmaats from Thailand to expand the gene pool of the old type of Siamese. In the 1990s the breed had become known as the Thai in Europe. In 2006, "Thai" became the official name of the breed internationally, in TICA. Nowadays, Thais (Old-Style Siamese) and Siamese can be shown in separate classes.
 
The Thai is the native pointed cat of Thailand. Pointed cats have dark color on the extremities ("points"), blue eyes, and pale color on the body. The most common point color is seal, which is a dark brown, but other point colors are possible. This is the breed famous the world over for its personality: extremely communicative, interactive with people, keenly intelligent, active, playful, inventive, and great practical jokers. They need companionship and stimulation in their daily lives. These are not cats that can be ignored or left alone for days at a time.  But they are cats that let you know they are people in their own right. They get to know you--and you them--and the relationship gets better and better with each passing year.
   
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