The Chartreux's Appearance

This breed has a rich undercoat that feels like sheep's wool and a medium-length woolly coat with blue tones. The Russian Blue is comparable to the blue coat.

The round, Mona Lisa-smiling head of the Chartreux is renowned for having soulful, gold- or copper-colored eyes.

A minimum of twice weekly brushing is required throughout the spring and fall shedding seasons.

Males typically weigh between 10 and 14 pounds, while females range between 6 and 9 pounds.

Traits incredibly nice and loving with their owners exceptionally athletic and quick reflexes

Waterproof top coats

Ideal Human Companion: Enjoys Traveling

Families with kids Singles with additional pets brand-new cat owners

What It's Like to Live With The Constantly Pleasant, Funny Chartreux never declines a request to play fetch or do canine-like behaviors.

This large, docile cat meows softly to interact with you. It is a gentle giant. Except for their consistent purrs, some appear to be mutes.

Children, other cats, and dogs are all no problem for this species. This cat is also well-behaved and tolerates travel well.

The Chartreux is renowned for its adeptness with a mouse and enjoys playing for brief periods before taking a cat nap. Definitely a cat who like regular schedules.

This breed typically gets along with everyone, but they can develop a close attachment with one person in the house and express their love and loyalty to them by giving them gentle head butts.

Things to Be Aware Of

The Chartreux enjoys attention, but would rather have all four feet on the ground than be carried up and put on your lap.

Due to its extreme sensitivity, this cat responds better to praise than to reprimands or harsh punishment.

The Chartreux is genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.

History of Chartres

Some have proposed that the Chartreux breed began as a mountain cat in what is now Syria in the 13th century. According to historical accounts, several Crusaders transported these cats back to France and joined the Carthusian monastic order after fleeing the war.

The breed was a beloved cat and esteemed mouser among French Carthusian monks. Some people assert that the breed was named after the monks who produced the well-known Chartreuse liqueurs.

Between World Wars I and II, this breed was on the verge of extinction, yet committed European breeders collaborated. In 1971, the first of this breed arrived in the country. The North American Chartreux bloodline is now thought to be the purest in the world thanks to American breeders' tireless efforts to advance this breed.

The Chartreux was given championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1987, and it is currently the 26th most popular breed on their list.

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