Chartreux cat<<<< Back to cat breeds
- Country: France
- Origin: Natural
- Weight: 3 - 6.8 kg
- Colors: Gray-blue
- Coat: Short
- Temperament: affectionate, very intelligent, sociable
- Health: generally healthy
- Litter size: 4 - 5 puppies
- Lifespan: 11 - 15 years
- Other names: Chartreux cat
- Price: 600 - 1000 Euro
Chartreux is a cat with short hair, gray-blue, plush fur shiny and with a smile like the Mona Lisa. With a nice personality and cute, Chartreux cat smiley known as the French had ups and downs along secular existence. Due to its nature, Chartreux cat managed to pass safely over them with a simple smile. Chartreux will always mesmerize her eyes brassy.
As legend breed Chartreux developed near Paris, in the French Alps, Le Grand Chartreux even monastery. Here, the order of Carthusian monks of Chartreux cat Convent leisure time between prayer, manufacture liqueurs and forging weapons. At the monastery, although founded in 1084 by St. Bruno, cats have appeared only after the Crusades were over the XIII century, when the Knights Crusaders have left their homes and withdrew in monastic life.
They have brought with them goods they conquered during the Crusades, it includes blue cats, which apparently they had taken as booty in Syria. According to legend, the monks selectively bred these cats to create copies quiet, less talkative, so the cats can not intrude during meditation. Another legend claims that Chartreux site would pull the cat Syrian described in the sixteenth century as a cat stocky coat woolly blue-gray eyes brassy, which was first brought to Europe during the Crusades.
After WWI, French cat breeders became interested in the Chartreux keep that unique breed. In 1920, two sisters, Christine and Suzanne Leger found a colony of blue cats on a small island in the French province of Brittany, Belle-Ile, far from the coast of France. These stray cats living around a hospital in the town of Le Palais and to a description Chartreux.
Leger sisters have decided to deal with race, they designed a breed standard and in 1931 exhibited for the first time Chartreux. Unfortunately, the World War II decimated the race and after the war could not be found freedom Chartreux cat colonies. The few remaining Chartreux cats were bred specimens of blue British Shorthair, Russian Blue and Blue Persian to prevent extinction breed.
Chartreux first came to the United States in 1970 when a Californian heard of these cats and decided to make a trip to France, where he made three copies of the Chartreux breed. Chartreux site today looks very much like stray cats robustness French in the 1700s.
Chartreux site was officially recognized only in 1987.
Aspect Chartreux cat
Chartreux has a robust body, strong, short limbs and a fine bone. However, Chartreux is agile and elegant as any other cat. Her body is medium length, robust, broad back, a deep chest, muscles and bones strong resistance. The legs are short, with fine bones, but resistance ends with large paws and round.
The tail is of medium length and conical with rounded tip. Males are larger and more evident muscles compared to females; they were often compared to some fortress ambulances. Females are smaller ones, but that does not mean they are not thick.
Chartreux's head is round and wide, is equipped with powerful jaws and cheeks full. The muzzle is relatively small and conical, and her smile mysterious part of the breed standard. The nose is straight between the eyes and a slight negative pressure may act.
Medium-sized ears are located on top of the head and have a very upright position. The eyes are round, large and expressive, adding expression smiling, cute. Eye color is from copper to gold, orange, shiny preferred.
One of the characteristic features of this breed is its woolly coat as extra. Gray-blue is the only color united and the only model accepted. The average coat is short and has a woolly texture and a solid down. It's thick, soft to the touch and waterproof, perfectly structured to ensure the survival cat in cold and humid climate of the French Alps. Always pads and nose must be blue-gray.
Male Chartreux is larger than the female visible. Mature males tend to achieve a body weight up to 9 kg, while females weigh around 3.5-6 kg. Both males and females seem a little older than they really are quite bulky due to their coat.
Chartreux's cat is a race with a late maturing, reaching adult size until around the age of 3-4 years
Behavior Chartreux cat
Friendly, loyal Chartreux cat is affectionate and sociable. When you sit next to it, inevitably you will end up with a big blue cat in her arms.
Chartreux cats are calm and quiet, so it will be amazing to hear screeching short and weak and strong coming from these bodies will be rare to hear them whining. Even if not too talkative, they toil with enthusiasm.
Not as active as other breeds of cats, Chartreux is calm and confident. However, these cats have a playful side that keep well hidden in adult life.
Because of their strong hunting instinct, these cats tend to prefer toys that move. Feather toys that you can twist in the air are especially appreciated.
Chartreux cats are friendly with strangers, small children and other pets. Cats are very intelligent and learns quickly that name and come promptly when called. Chartreux cat-is a peaceful, preferring to avoid a fight than a challenge, but that does not mean you know how to defend their rights and interests.
Also, it is a cat that easily accommodates any circumstances, traveling well nederanjand her to be left alone for long periods of time. Their presence reassuring and friendly make it a good choice for older people or those who live alone.
Features Chartreux cat
Eye color and coat chicken is a little different than that of adults. Thus, the kittens tiger marks may frequently be blurred at around 6-12 months. Similarly, eye color is defined by the age of 3-4 years and is noticeable blur intensity to its old cat.
Chartreux site has a deep puff, although that makes the fur to remove the body and therefore require extra care than other breeds with short hair.
The coat has a tendency to tangle, however it is good to brush once or twice a week with a good quality steel comb to remove dead hair.
During moulting seasons, spring and fall, you need to brush more often, namely every two days. To the contrary, your sympathetic companion will leave many a blue-gray hair blanket wherever you sit.
Diseases Chartreux cat
Chartreux site is, in general, a robust race and healthy, but some strains are known to possess the gene causes the patellar dislocation (dislocation of the patella). If it worsens, it induces pain and lameness. Since the condition is genetic, many breeders test their breeding specimens, excluding cats suspected of programs installed.
Also some copies of Chartreux are prone gingivitis, if their teeth is not cleaned regularly. Chartreux-sensitive food is very consistent, which is why most cats are passed to the adult diet by the age of five months. To prevent obesity, it may be necessary for adult cats be fed with diets light.
Males, as with any other breeds, are not safe from feline urologic syndrome (formation of stones in the kidney or bladder), which is why special attention should be taken on the appearance of possible food and difficulty urinating.
Ideally, after the age of 6-8 years, even if you have a healthy copy, let's do a routine check some investigations (ultrasound, x-ray, blood and urine) to detect early any sensitivities and to try to remedy them by means of a proper diet or by means of an appropriate treatment.
The average life expectancy of Chartreux's is about 9-15 years.