Chartreux Breeeders and other related Links


    Stories of the "blue cats of France" began during the sixteenth century. It is thought that these cats descend from the "Cat of Syria," described in the 16th century as a stocky cat with a wooly ash-gray coat and copper eyes, which was first brought to Europe during the Crusades.

    People probably began to use the name "Chartreux" for these cats during the 17th century. By the beginning of the 18th century, trade dictionaries and encyclopedias listed "Chartreux" as the common name of a type of blue cat whose pelt was prized by furriers. The naturalists, Linnaeus and Buffon, wrote of the Chartreux as the cat of France and gave it a Latin name (Felis Catus Coeruleus, "blue cat") to distinguish it from the domestic cat (Felis Catus Domesticus).

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    Legends says that the  Chartreux is named after the Charthusian monks in France, but also indications lately suggest that the cat was named after the Spanish known wool because of their wooly fur.

    Chartreux breeders protested, and in 1977, FIFe overturned its earlier decision and returned to separate registries and standards for the two breeds. However, since the 1970s, a few "independent" (non-FIFe) European cat clubs have continued to use the name "Chartreux" for the blue British Shorthair, or for the blue European Shorthair, or for hybrids between these breeds and the Chartreux. This practice is more common in those countries like Germany where there are fewer genuine Chartreux available.

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    Type and characteristics

    Body, legs and feet
    The body is of robust and strong boning with a deep chest, medium length, broad shoulders. Legs are short and straight, sturdy and fine boned.. Feet are of medium size.

    is rounded and  broad with powerful jaws and full cheeks. The cat's head raises high with a  slightly contoured forehead.  The nose is straight and of medium size. The muzzle is small, narrow.  The neck is short and heavy  set.

    are rounded and alert with color ranging from golden to copper, an orange color is preferred.

    are of medium height and width; set high on the head.

     is of moderate length and heavy at the base and an oval tip. Vivad and Lively.

    is medium short and a woolly in texture depending on age, sex and living space. Resilient undercoat, longer topcoat.


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    Genetic Concerns

    Patellar luxation (displacement of the kneecap) is sometimes seen in Chartreux. This condition, when mild, does not usually cause any symptoms in the cat, but if it is severe, it can cause lameness. Because this condition is hereditary, most reputable breeders screen their breeding animals for it and do not use questionable animals for breeding. You may want to ask questions about patellar luxation when you talk to breeders

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    Chartreux Breeeders and other related Links

    More Breed Descriptions on the Net

    CFA Breed Profile: Chartreux

    CFA Chartreux Breed Council Homepage

    TICA Standards

    Chartreux Breed Standard - CFA Breed Standard

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