The history of the Chartreux is the subject of much speculation. Stories of their origin vary from being the cats of Carthusian monks in the French Alps to descending from the feral cats of Syria. Whatever their true heritage, the Chartreux arrived in France in the 16th century, and that became their home. It was not until 1971 that they ventured upon American soil, however.
The Chartreux presents a striking appearance. His large, stocky body is held up by short, fine legs and its water resistant double coat is blue in color, with a wooly texture similar to sheep. His narrowed muzzle makes him look like he is perpetually smiling, and his visage is completed by beautiful copper-colored eyes. Once you’ve met and handled a Chartreux, you’ll not forget the experience.
The Chartreux is quiet, yet extremely intelligent and playful. They easily learn tricks, such as fetch, and enjoy solving puzzles, which may include opening doors and cabinets! They tend to bond with one particular person in a family, though they remain friendly with all family members.
The Chartreux is generally a very healthy breed, but like all cat breeds, Chartreaux are prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Chartreux are prone to include knee problems such as patellar luxation; heart disorders such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye problems such as glaucoma; chronic disease such as diabetes; and thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Chartreaux has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a love of attention, you’re covered.