The Chartreux Cat is ideal for those who spend a lot of time indoors. He is a couch cat, but very playful, certainly very attached to his human.
He is a cat that is very fond of his human, he bears well even house changes, he just needs to be with his family, who will have to devote time and play to his Carthusian. A cat who loves cuddles and is physically close to his human, he is a cat with great empathy.
Origins of the breed
The Chartreux cat seems to have been imported from the East, probably from Syria, in France in ancient times, perhaps from the Templars, around 1100.
Famous as mouse hunters, they were kept for this purpose. Since the 1970s it has also been present in America.
Legend has it that the Crusaders, returning from the expeditions to the Holy Land, had been hosted by the monks in the Charterhouses.
To repay them, they gave them a pair of blue-cloaked cats, able to hunt mice, and for this they were raised by the monks later.
In the 1700s it was unfortunately also bred for food, and for its precious blue-colored fur. In fact it was initially called “gray French cat”, but then it was coined for him the term “Carthusian”, from the term “Chartreux”, which indicated among the furriers of the time its similarity with a wool coming from Spain, the “wool of Carthusian”.
The breed was then always selected in France in the ‘700, becoming almost a symbol of the French nation, it is said that the Chartreux cats were the favorite animal of Charles de Gaulle.
Even the famous writer Colette loved him very much, so much to dedicate the novel “La gatta” of 1933, to her Chartreux cat.
Character of the Chartreux cat
The Carthusian is also called “cat-dog”, because he is faithful and attached to his master, his character is very sweet and affectionate, and is also very well suited to apartment life.
The character of the Chartreux cat is not intrusive and manages to tolerate even the loneliness, like a good Chartreux cat. Patient character, but also lively, if left to go out, he will appreciate the thing, despite being fairly homey, so be careful if you let him go out into the garden, he will probably appreciate the strolls outside.
His almost in love look will make you melt with sweetness, he is always a faithful and inseparable friend.
He is a proud cat and wants to be respected, not treated like a teddy bear! Therefore he is very inclined to cuddle, but not when he is ill disposed.
Little meows, and so sweet and not insistent.
The Chartreux cat is suitable for the elderly and the lonely, because with its sweet and affectionate presence it makes so much company.
Usually the male is more tolerant of humans, while the female is more reserved.
He is very empathetic, he knows the moods of the master, if he is in tune with him.
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Chartreux cat: appearance and characteristics
The body of the Carthusian is robust, unlike the Blue of Russia, which has a similar color.
The peculiar characteristic of the Carthusian cat is the gray-blue coat and the orange eyes, this color tending to blue, can be particularly appreciated when the cat is in the sun, in fact it will assume beautiful blue-violet shades, typical of the Chartreux cat. Very soft and thick hairy cat, and its bluish color contrasts with the coppery color of the eyes.
The chest is broad, the shoulders broad and muscular, the head large. The nose is straight and the eyes are large.
Weight: reaches 4-6 kg. The male is larger than the female and can reach up to 10kg.
Puppies are born with a striped coat, then develop a uniform blue color. The color of the coat can have shades ranging from ash-colored to slate-colored.
If observed under the sun, the hair takes on blue-violet reflections.
Useful books on the Chartreux cat
Here are some useful books and manuals to learn, understand and better treat the Carthusian breed:
- Harvey Hendisson
- Publisher: IMB Publishing
- Paperback: 140 pages
- Harvey Hendisson
- IMB Publishing
- Kindle Edition
- Alma Hammond
- Publisher: Sweetbeet Books
- Hardcover: 48 pages
Breed standard of the Chartreux cat (CHA):
Category III: Short-haired cats
EMS Code: CHA
Associations that recognize the breed: AACE, ACF, ACFA, CCA, CFA, FIFe, LOOF, TICA, WCF.
A clear distinction must be drawn between the Chartreux, the Blue of Russia and the British Blue.
Crosses of these breeds with the Chartreux are not welcome.
Size Medium to large.
Wide shape at the base, well developed skull, not protruding, with a narrow and flat space between the ears.
The jaws give the head the shape of a trapezoid, broad at the base and narrow at the top.
Nose Wide and straight, not snub.
Muzzle The end of the muzzle should protrude from the jaws.
Shape Of medium size
Placement They are placed on the head and give the cat a careful expression
Slightly spread apart.
Form Large and open, not too round; the outside corner is slightly turned upwards.
From intense yellow to dark copper; no trace of green and no washout (eg faded color tones).
The color must be pure; preference will be given to the most intense color.
Strong, solid and muscular structure.
Wide and well developed chest.
The Carthusian, especially the males, must always appear massive in relation to their size.
Medium length, in proportion with the body.
Strong muscles, not too high.
Medium length, in proportion with the body.
The tail can be tapered, but the tip must be rounded.
Same color as the body.
Bright, dense structure.
Slightly woolly at the base, sumptuous in its fullness.
Double, so as to be raised to the base.
Color All shades of blue-gray are permitted, starting from the pale blue to a darker blue-gray. A lighter color is preferred.
A uniform color tone is essential.
Bearings and truffles
Well developed jaws in adult males; much less evident in females
There is an important difference between males and females: the females are considerably smaller, have a less ample chest and less developed cheeks than the males. However, they must be robust and muscular.
Chartreux cat prices
The Carthusian cat, like all purebred cats, is bought by specialized breeders, who define its cost based on its physical and aesthetic characteristics. Generally it has a price ranging from € 900 to € 1400, it is very valuable, especially if bought by exhibition, or if it has won many best at exhibitions, and is therefore a Chartreux cat champion. Cost that decreases if purchased as an adult, perhaps a former breeder.
The Chartreux cat does not require particular and demanding care: it should be brushed more often during the period of fur shedding, but otherwise a brushing is enough once a week. It should be brushed against the grain.
His nature as a hunter must be vented, if at home by providing him with movable toys, if kept outdoors he will hunt mice and other animals, so it will be necessary to keep pests and worms under control.