There exists an old legend that the Chartreux lived with, and were named for, the Carthusian monks of France. But recent research shows that because of the wooly quality of their fur, they were given the same name as a type of Spanish wool. This natural breed of cat was written about in documents as early as the 16th century, and was noted for its unique coat texture and color.
The original Chartreux cats that were imported to the United States came from the French countryside. Today, many American-bred Chartreux are being returned to French breeders, so they are becoming more rare in America.
Unlike any other cat, the Chartreux's blue fur is medium in length and wooly. A dense undercoat gives it a feeling of sheep's wool. You should not brush their double coat, but instead just run your fingers through the fur on a daily basis. This is enough grooming and will also improve your cat's social behavior.
The Chartreux has a solid body, broad shoulders and a deep chest, which are balanced by medium-short, finely boned legs. The Chartreux is also muscular, which allows the cat to be an excellent mouser (as it is portrayed in French literature). Males are much larger than females and slower to mature. The eyes are rounded and color ranges from gold to copper. Click here for photos of the beautiful Chartreux cat.
Chartreux quickly become attached to their family and frequently follow their owners from room to room. Known for their dog-like behavior, these cats can be taught to fetch a ball, and most will respond to their names.
The Chartreux is a quiet breed, chirping rather than meowing at things it finds interesting. This intelligent cat is fascinated by television and likes playing with string and cord.
By tradition, all kittens born in a given year are named beginning with a specific letter of the alphabet for that particular year. Breeders use only 20 letters, omitting K, Q, W, X, Y and Z.