Chartreux | Cat Breed Guide

Chartreux | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

A Chartreux cat is the type of cat that will be on your lap whenever she gets the chance. As an affectionate cat, you can’t go wrong with this breed – unless of course you like your alone time, because the Chartreux loves to follow her human from room to room.

Weight - Female: 6-9 pounds; Male: 10-14 pounds

Life Expectancy: 8-13 years

Temperament: affectionate, loyal, and adaptable

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History and Personality

The Chartreux cat is a French breed that dates back to the 18th century. One of the several tales of their origin is that these cats were bred by Carthusian monks to keep monasteries free of rats and mice. Chartreux cats paved their way into cat society in 1931 at a European cat show. The first Chartreux were imported to the United States in 1970. It wasn’t until 1987 that the Cat Fanciers’ Association gave this breed full recognition.

This cat breed is gentle, quiet, and sweet. She loves to be by her owner; if she can’t sit on your lap, she will likely follow you from room to room. Some people have said this breed resembles a potato atop toothpicks. A Chartreux has eyes that range from copper to gold, a medium-length double coat, and a chunky body.

These cats are perfect for someone who would enjoy a cat with dog-like behavior. They follow you into rooms, love to play fetch, and usually respond to their name when called. A gentle Chartreux will get along just fine with children. This is the type of cat to usually walk away, rather than scratch, if she doesn’t like the way she is being held or played with. As long as they are introduced slowly, this cat gets along with cat-friendly dogs and cats.

The Chartreux doesn’t require a lot of play time. In fact, she is pretty easygoing. You will find out when she is in the mood to play as she will bring a toy to someone. Though each cat is different, Chartreux typically play well by themselves.


The Chartreux doesn’t require brushing, but she will need combing to keep her blue coat beautiful. The undercoat of this breed will shed a couple times per year. Combing daily during those times is beneficial to keep flying fur to a minimum.

Other basic grooming necessities include trimming nails, scheduling regular veterinary dental cleanings, and brushing your cat’s teeth at home with a cat-friendly toothpaste.

Health Concerns

  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Struvite Stones (in the urinary tract)

All cats have the potential to develop health conditions. This breed is generally healthy, but it’s important to keep in mind that anything can occur. Aside from making sure you source your cat from a reputable breeder with a written health guarantee, having pet insurance can significantly help keep costs to a minimum should any health conditions develop. Bringing your Chartreux to the vet for regular checkups is recommended to keep an eye on your cat’s health.