The Chartreux is a recognized breed of cat that originated, as one might guess by the name, in France. It is a large and muscular cat that is both powerful and agile. Recognisable by their short-haired blue (grey) coats and orange or copper-gold eyes, the Chartreux neared extinction as a breed during the first World War and were not seen in great numbers until well after the Second World War. The coat of the Chartreux is double layered and is water-resistant. It is believed that the Chartreux can trace its history back until the 18th Century.
The Chartreux is, like many cats, both intelligent and observant. This breed likes to sit and watch the world as it goes by. However, the Chartreux is also know as being very playful, a trait that stays with them well into their adult years. They can even be taught to fetch objects just like a dog. These cats are affectionate and loving towards their family, but tend to bond particularly well with one person in their household. They prefer to be around this person over anyone else. The breed is a healthy one, rarely suffering from ailments and they are very quiet also, rarely making any noises. They are adaptable cats and perfect for any family.
Build (Male / Female)
Male: 12 pounds (5-6kg)
Female: 12 pounds (5-6kg)
On average, the Chartreux will like between 8 and 13 years.
4-5 kittens is the average litter size.
The Chartreux, despite its short hair, does need to be brushed or combed every day. This is especially true during the change of the seasons when the coat is thickening or thinning. Brushing will keep the fur clear of knots and will discourage any hairballs.