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Chartreux

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Chartreux

The Chartreux is a medium-sized sturdy, shorthaired French breed. The head is round and broad with powerful jaws and full cheeks. Mature males in this breed have larger jowls. The nose is straight and is medium in length and width. The eyes are round, open, alert and expressive. Color ranges from copper to gold. A clear, deep, brilliant orange is preferred. The body is robust with broad shoulders and a deep chest. The legs of this breed are comparatively short and fine-boned. The coat is short and is slightly wooly in texture. It has a dense and resilient undercoat. Coat colors include any shade of blue-gray from ash to slate with lightly brushed silver tips. A visible tail kink or green eyes will be disqualified.

Temperament The Chartreux is known for their dog-like behavior. These cats can be taught to fetch a ball and most will respond to their names. They quickly become attached to their family and can often be found following their owners from room to room. Many Chartreux are completely mute. They tend to purr but do not meow. Some have a quiet, high-pitched chirp that they use when they find interesting things. They are fascinated by television and like to participate in telephone conversations by chewing on the cord.
Weight Male 12-16 lbs. ; Female 7-10 lbs.
Health Problems This breed can occasionally suffer from patellar luxation, which can cause lameness. Talk to the breeder about this condition before you purchase.
Living Conditions This breed does not mind being left alone for long periods of time. Their supportive and cheerful presence can be wonderful for elderly people and people living alone.
Exercise This breed is active indoors.
Life Expectancy Up to 15 years
Grooming Their short, thick coats do not require much attention. During shedding season, you may want to brush out dead hairs so that they do not cover your clothes and furniture. During the non-shedding season, simply run your fingers through the fur on a daily basis. The Chartreux is not recommended for people with allergies or for people who frequently have house guests who hare allergies.
Origin One legend states that the Chartreux live with and were named for the Carthusian monks of France and perhaps even sharing a tipple or two of their famous Chartreuse liqueur. Recent research indicates that because of the woolly character of their fur, they were given the same name as the well known Spanish wool of the early 18th century.