The Chartreux is a natural French breed of great
antiquity. It is known for its gray-blue color, wooly double coat,
powerful build, and mild temperament. Although it is a massive cat,
it has a sweet, smiling expression and a tiny voice. It is always
gray-blue in color, with gold to copper eyes. Authors through the
centuries have praised the Chartreux as a gentle cat, a quiet cat,
an excellent hunter, devoted to its master, easy to keep and a good
traveler. These characteristics were prized in a working breed,
and are still true of the Chartreux today.
The Chartreux is a sturdy French breed coveted since antiquity for
its hunting prowess and its dense, water repellent fur.
Broad, rounded head with powerful jaw and full cheeks. Straight
nose with a slight depression between the eyes. Comparatively small,
tapered muzzle. Sweet, smiling expression. Medium sized ears set
high on the head, with a very erect posture. Rounded, open, expressive
Robust, medium-long body with broad shoulders and deep chest. Solid
and dense. Females are medium in size, males are large. Tapering,
moderate length tail. Comparatively short and fine-boned legs. Feet
are round and appear almost dainty compared to body mass.