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A pleasant companion cat, the Chartreaux is a good match for single people as he plays in spurts and is comfortable by himself or with his owner.

     Chartreaux At a glance

Weight range:

Male: large: >12 lbs.
Female: large: >12 lbs.

Eye color:

Gold, Copper, Orange


Longevity Range: 8-13 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
Tendency to Shed: Moderate


Length: Medium
Characteristics: Wooly
Colors: Blue
Less Allergenic: No
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Club recognition:

Cat Association Recognition:

The Chartreaux Cat Breed

The Chartreaux requires daily brushing to avoid knots, especially when seasons are changing.

The Chartreaux is a medium-sized cat. The cat is heavily muscled and has heavy boning. He has a thick, rounded appearance. Males are larger than females.

As a powerful cat, all components should be well developed. He has a broad chest, a muscular neck, strong jaws, and a well developed muzzle. The legs are relatively thin but strong. The cat looks like what it originally was, a cat to keep rodents out of the barn and the house.

The coat of the Chartreaux is thick and dense. It becomes much longer and thicker during the winter. The texture of the coat is relatively hard as it is protection for the cat.


The Chartreaux is a pleasant cat to have as a companion. He is easy going and placid. The Chartreaux is a fiercely loyal, loving cat and will attach himself to every member of his family.

While the Chartreaux will play, he actually doesn't need hourly attention. If the cat is in the mood to play, he will bring a toy to someone. The Chartreaux also plays well by himself. He is a good companion for single people as he plays in spurts and is comfortable by himself or with his owner.

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The Chartreaux is a thick, muscular cat, so his nutrition must be carefully controlled. Despite the heavy boning and musculature of the cat, a proper weight must be kept and he should not get out of condition.

The Chartreaux will play when he wants to, and will find a toy or create one out of anything he finds if a cat toy is not available. Interactive play may be necessary to keep the cat in good shape and make certain that he gets adequate exercise. The Chartreaux likes hunting games where he can show his heritage.

A daily brushing is important for the Chartreaux, especially during the change of seasons when the coat is thickening or thinning. Even this shorthair cat can get knots in his coat if he isn't brushed regularly.


The Chartreaux has a religious background. This beautiful blue cat was probably brought to France from the mid-east in the 1500s. The Chartreaux were actively bred by Carthusian monks near Paris, and were probably working cats.

A methodical Chartreaux breeding program was started in France in the late 1920s, which resulted in a strong, healthy Shorthaired Blue cat with a lovely face and a powerful body. The Chartreaux was imported to Britain, not only to be bred as its own breed, but also to enhance the body, coat type and coat color of the British Shorthair.

During World War II, the Chartreaux was almost lost. Through the work of dedicated breeders, it has been brought back as a viable, healthy breed, although it is still relatively rare.