One of the internationally recognized breed of domestic cats, Chartreux have originated from France. It is known for its smiling face, blue water-resistant short hair double-coats and gold or copper colored eyes. Chartreux is structured in a way that its round face with long, tapered muzzle gives an impression that the cat is smiling all the time. It has extremely quick reflexes and has an athletic build. Chartreux loves traveling and exploring new places. To know more about the history, appearance and personality of Chartreux cats, read through the following lines.
According to the legend, Chartreux have descended from cats brought by
Carthusian monks. The felines were carried to France to live in the
order's head monastery, as a companion, in the Grande Chartreuse,
positioned in the Chartreuse Mountains, north of the city of Grenoble.
However, in 1972, the Prior of the Grande Chartreuse refuted any such
record of the ancestral monks' using any breed of cat, resembling the
Chartreux. Nonetheless, the fable also states that feral mountain cats
were the ancestors of Chartreux and were brought back to France by
returning Crusaders in the 13th century.
In the 18th century, Chartreux was acknowledged for the first time by
the French naturalist, Buffon. However, after the two World Wars, the
breed had greatly lessened. It was a group of European breeders that
kept away the breed from extinction, by breeding it with the Persians
and British shorthairs. In 1971, the first Chartreux were brought to the
U.S. by Helen and John Gammon of La Jolla, California. Later, American
breeders worked hard to improve this breed. North American Chartreux,
today, is regarded as the purest bloodline in the world. However, it was
in 1987, that the Chartreux breed received a championship status, by the
Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA).
The Chartreux is characterized by large, sturdy, and muscular physique.
It has a robust body structure, which is neither cobby nor classic. The
Chartreux has large eyes that are copper to gold with deep, brilliant
orange as the preferred eye color. The feline is known for its round
head and a grey-blue color, woolly double coat, which resembles the
Russian Blue. The woolly double coat is very soft and lush to touch.
While the male Chartreux takes about four to five years to fully mature
to its full size of 12-16 lbs, the females mature in three years to
their full size of 7-10 lbs.
Chartreux cat is calm, attentive, gentle, and adaptable. It enjoys the
company of people as well as other pets. It has a mild temperament and
rarely makes noises, such as mewing or crying. Chatreux cats are known
for quiet voice, and smiling expression. They are extremely agile as per
their size and are natural hunters. Chatreux are highly intelligent and
are quick learners. This can be proved from the fact that the feline can
be taught to operate a radio or open screen door latch or fetch small
objects like a dog. Overall, Chatreux are non-aggressive, affectionate,
good travelers and generally have a good health.