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Chartreux Cats

A chartreux cat with a deep grey coat A happy chartreux cat with a curled tail A plush coated chartreux cat lying down The profile of a chartreux cat with amber eyes


The Chartreux cat goes way back to the 16th century, and is first mentioned by name in a French book published in 1558. It did, indeed, originate in France, where it is said to have been kept by Carthusian monks to protect their grain stores from mice. Whether that story is true or not, the Chartreux is certainly an ancient breed.

As with many other pedigree breeds, the Chartreux suffered during World War Two, with numbers tumbling drastically. After the war the remaining Chartreux were crossbred with blue British Shorthairs and Persians, to establish a solid bloodline and strengthen the gene pool. Some of the remaining ‘pure’ Chartreux were taken to the USA, and were used as the basis of breeding programs.

The Chartreux is now in fairly high demand in the US, but can be a tricky breed to source.


The Chartreux is very friendly, but tends to pour much of its affection on one particular person. They will cling to this member of the family, following them around the house eagerly. The breed is calm and quiet, and quite undemanding. Their vocalisations are gentle, and they quietly chirp and trill at anything they find interesting, or if they'e seeking your attention and affection.


Blue-grey only.

Breed Details

  • Status: Rare
  • Place of Origin: France
  • Rough date of Origin: Pre 18th Century
  • Hair length: Shorthair
  • Activity Level: Low
  • Vocalness: Medium
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Moderate
  • Grooming Requirements: Less than once per week
  • Weight: 3.0 - 7.5kg
  • Size: Large
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
  • Social Needs:

Chartreux Pictures

A grey mother cat with three kitten sleeping on a stripy bed
Lots of grey kittens sat in a cat bed

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