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Chartreux Breed Information
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Chartreux
Description  
 
The Charteux Cats have a coat that is medium short. soft. and dense. The texture is slightly woolly with a resilient undercoat. The eyes are large. open. and round. The colors can vary from copper to gold. but orange is ideal. The head is rounded and large with full cheeks. short nose. and a narrow muzzle on a short neck. The ears are medium in size and set high and straight. The body is well muscled with broad shoulders and straight. sturdy legs. The tail is heavy at its base and tapers to the end. The Charteux females are medium size and the males are larger.
Color  
 
The Charteux Cats are can be a blueish-grayish shade ranging from ash to slate with the tips of the coat lightly silver.
History  
 
The Chartreux Cat has a long history that legend says dates back to the Middle Ages. The Carthusian monks of France bred these cats at the Monastery of La Grande Chartreuse where the cat was named. Recently it is said that the Charteux Cats are named because of their woolly coat of fur and was given this name after the Spanish wool (pile de Chartreux) of the 18th century. There is definite documentation of their existence dating back to the 16th century in which these cats were noted for their unusual coat color and texture. The French breeders crossbred to Persians and British Shorthairs to try to save the breed from extinction during World War II. Before the War some Chartreux were imported to the United States and a pure breeding program was started. Many of these cats being born today in America today are being returned to French breeders to help purify the breed in France. This exportation to France reduces the availability of the breed in the United States.
Features  
 
The Charteux Cats are considered to be a shorthaired cat. The Charteux is an affectionate. calm. rather quiet breed and instead of meowing sometimes it will chirp. This cat is very smart and can be taught to fetch. come when their name is called. and follow their masters around. The may be fascinated by the television and phone. The kittens of the Charteux Cats reach maturity at three years of age. This Charteux Cats can be often confused with the British Blue Shorthair.
Grooming  
 
The Charteux Cat coat is relatively simple with regular brushing.
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