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A French Cat Famous With Celebrities
Features a Thick Wooly Coat and a Smile on Its Face

Chartreux

Highly regarded as an excellent hunter, wonderful companion and object of tactile pleasure, the Chartreux originates in France but has captured the hearts of some of the world’s most famous celebrities, which may be why it appears to be smiling.

Large and powerful with quick reflexes, the Chartreux is sometimes ridiculed for its rather disproportionate appearance as a fat cat on skinny legs. Nonetheless, it enjoys recognition by many major feline registries throughout the world. Clothed in a sheepskin coat of blue-grey which is water-resistant and double in thickness, the cat feels wooly like a well-known Spanish textile for which it may have acquired its name in the 18th century. It is also admired for it stunning orange or copper-colored, roundly-shaped eyes which resemble those of a Persian cat. A calm, dog-like temperament with exceptional intelligence also distinguishes the Chartreux as a championship-quality feline.

Legend has it that this cat occupied a position of honor among an order of monks responsible for the well-known Chartreuse liqueurs produced at Le Grand Chartreux monastery near Paris. The story discloses that the cats arrived there from Africa after the Crusades and were specifically bred to be quiet during holy meditations.

While that may be merely a romantic fairytale, documentation during the 1700s included cat breeds prevalent during that era, one of which was the Chartreux.

A more contemporary version of this cat’s history in the 1920s describes the work of the Leger sisters who decided to refine a breed of blue cats they found on a small island near France. In 1931, their work culminated in the first exhibit of Chartreux cats in France.

After World War II which rendered many animals almost extinct, the few remaining Chartreux cats were outcrossed with blue British Shorthairs, Russian Blues, and Persians, which was a boon to the gene pool. While European shows organize the Chartreux within the same category as the British Shorthair, because of similarities in appearance and color, shows in the United States feature a much purer line of these cats, where the lineage has been kept true.

In 1970, Helen Gamon of La Jolla, California, introduced to the United States a lovely male Chartreux from France, the cat which went on to father the North American Chartreux breed. Through Gamon’s efforts and perseverance, the breed eventually earned acceptance in a number of major feline organizations including the coveted CFA Championship status in 1987.

Known for its wise, silent composure, the Chartreux seldom vocalizes. Shrewd enough to figure out how to turn off the radio, eavesdrop on phone messages, and unlock doors, these cats will monopolize a favorite TV program and possibly send some emails or compose a concerto on the keyboard, if not restrained. Also able to recognize and respond to their names when called (that is...if in the mood!), the good-natured Chartreux will enjoy playing with your children and other pets. Primarily, however, it will yearn for the attention of the one chosen person in the household it cherishes most... (probably the one who prepares its dinner!)

Maintaining the behavior of a kitten for most of its life, this cat won’t physically mature until about the age of three, following a period when the “rough” appearance of a typical pubescent will provoke your disillusionment much more than your approval. Luckily, once mature, the cat will gain the cosmetic supremacy which has swept the world off its feet.

Since this cat imitates a dog in many respects, keep in mind that your training will be necessary to refine its adult manners. Refrain from brushing its double coat, using your fingers to groom its irresistibly alluring fluff which will also satisfy the cat’s quest for the pleasure of your attention. However, typical of cats with double coats, this cat will be a liberal shedder.

A more conservative demeanor is to be expected of this cat, unlike many who fly through the air with the greatest of ease! A fascination with climbing is still present, but to a much lesser degree.

Of its famous owners throughout history, the Chartreux has been the subject of recognition as the feline darling to famous French poet Charles Baudelaire, French novelist Collette, the writer of Gigi, and notoriously accomplished French military and political figure, president Charles de Gaulle.

References
www.wikipedia.org
www.tica.org
www.cfa.org
http://www.mypets.net.au
Barron’s Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds, J. Anne Holgren