Chartreux Cat Breed

The Chartreux breed originated in France and was first brought to the United States in 1970. It is a large, muscular cat with wide-set eyes and a luxuriant, dense and woolly blue-gray coat. Chartreux Colors Recognized by CFA include Any shade of blue-gray from ash to slate. Tips may be lightly brushed with silver. Preferred tone is a bright, unblemished blue with an overall iridescent sheen. Nose leather is of slate gray; lips blue; paw pads rose-taupe. It is calm and well-disposed and is known as the smiling cat. These cats become attached to their owner and especially to its home. The Chartreux is prone to laziness; until a rodent appears. These cats make devoted pets and are friendly to everyone. They are very loyal to their owners and are wonderful playmates for children.

Chartreux Cat
Chartreux
Photo by Alessandra Zanetti, Cattery Myrddin Emrys (Italy)

The Chartreux is a sturdy French breed coveted since antiquity for its hunting prowess and dense, water-repellent fur. Its type is sometimes called primitive, being neither cobby nor classic domestic. Though large, the Chartreux is extremely supple, refined and agile. Males are much larger than females and slower to mature. Coat texture, coat color, and eye color are affected by sex, age, and other natural factors. The coat is medium-short, dense and slightly woolly. Silkier, thinner coat is permitted for females.