Its name comes from the Monastery “La Grande Chartreuse.” The legend of the monastery says that in the Middle Ages, two notable contributions came to the world from their development in this monastery: One was the green liqueur and the other, the Chartreux cat.
These cats were used to control the plague of rats in the monasteries and hospitals. During World War II, the breed almost went extinct, but it was reestablished by crossing Persians with British Blue.
The Chartreux is a big cat with big and muscular shoulders and a well developed chest. It has big paws. The head is wide and angled, with a short and straight nose, slightly elevated. It has a narrow nose with a smiling expression. The ears are small to medium with a high root, lightly rounded. The copper color of the eyes is one of the main characteristics of this placid and calm cat.
These are very docile cats, easy to have in the house. They adapt well to all types of situations. They are very smooth, agile and refined cats. They possess many qualities, like strength, intelligence and friendliness. It is a very affectionate cat.
Nutrition is very important for this breed. The diet should be balanced and small as they have the tendency for obesity (especially sterilized cats).
Breed classification: semi-long haired cats
Life expectancy:13-16 years.
Average kitten birth: 4 kittens.
Average Weight: 7-11 pounds for females and 11-15 pounds for males (3.5-5 kg for females and 5-7 kg to males)
Feeding: Chartreux cat is not picky about food, but can be sensitive to changes in diet or fatty foods.
Health: Patellar luxation is sometimes seen in the Chartreux cat breed. If the luxation is moderate, it causes no symptoms to the cat, but if it is severe is causes limping
Compatibility with other cats: Medium
Compatibility with other animals: Medium
Compatible with children: Average