The Chartreux is an old natural breed which originated in France. An old Legend surrounds the origins of the Chartreux history and it is said to have been raised as a companion by the Carthusian monks. What is more likely is that because of the woolly character of their fur, Chartreux were given the same name as a well known Spanish wool of the early 18th century.
Whatever its origins, the presence of this natural breed of cat was noted in documents as early as the 16th century, and was acknowledged for unique coat texture and colour. Today the handsome Chartreux is known as the French cat because of its native land, France.
The Chartreux is a large, sturdy, muscular, statuesque cat with a husky, robust body structure neither cobby nor classic. Male Chartreux in particular achieve a hefty bone and substance with females structured on a smaller, finer scale. The breed is slow maturing with males reaching full size between 12-16 lbs or more in four to five years. . Female Chartreux take about three years to reach their full size of 7-10 lbs.
The Chartreux is also known for its beautiful grey-blue colour, woolly double coat, quiet voice, and smiling expression. The dense, woolly double coat requires very little grooming and is as soft and lush as shearling especially thick on the adult male. Although it is a massive cat, the Chartreux is a very quiet cat having a tiny voice and sweet smiling expression. Many Chartreux are completely mute; they purr, but cannot meow. Others have a quiet, high pitched meow or chirp although infrequently.
Chartreux are attentive, gentle, and adaptable cats who enjoy being nearby their favourite people. They are extraordinarily dedicated to family life and are very dog-like in devotion and behaviour. They are tolerant and gentle with strangers, small children, and other animals. Highly intelligent, the Chartreux quickly learn its name and comes on call. These cats are also extremely agile for their size and being natural hunters love to play games. Owners of the breed enjoy the supportive, cheerful presence of the handsome, blue Chartreux.
The Chartreux is always blue-grey in colour ranging from ash to slate. The beautiful blue coat is complemented by large eyes that are copper to gold with deep, brilliant orange as the preferred eye colour.
Chartreux East Cat Club CFA affiliated club devoted to the Chartreux.
Chartreux Cat by Jean Simonnet
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