Chartreux Cat Breed Information

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Chartreux Cat Breed Introduction

Chartreux Cat

The Chartreux breed is one of the oldest European cat breed: the ancestors of the breed, all French, are said to go back to the 13th century.

Chartreux Behavior/Personality

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

Chartreux-breed cats are generally thought to be quiet, not mewing or crying as much as other cats; some make no sound at all. They are also generally considered to be good-natured and playful even well into maturity.

Chartreux Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Chartreux breed based on information in Wikipedia, March 2006.

Chartreux cats are known for being large and muscular. Their legs are short but strong and finish off with large paws. They have blue (gray) double coats. Their eyes are the color of gold or copper. Their distinctive faces are said to be in a smile: their heads are long and their muzzles tapered, forming this shape.

Chartreux History

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

The Chartreux cat breed is an old breed of cats from France. There's quite a story behind this breed. As the story goes, the cats were breed by monks of the Carthusian Order, or the Order of St. Bruno, at the monastery in Grenoble. The monks bred the cats to be excellent mice-catchers, as the mice were destroying the monks' stores of food. According to legend, the ancestors of these cats included feral mountain cats from Syria. According to the legend, returning Crusaders brought the cats back with them in 13th century. However, the first writing to mention the breed only dates from the 1600s. The first Chartreux cats were brought to the US in the 1970s.

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