Meet the Beautiful Blue Chartreux What Makes This French Breed Unique

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X-Small Breed Patella Luxation Gingivitis Chartreux

Is The Chartreux Cat Good For You?

  • 1 Chartreux cats are most known for their dog-like demeanor including the ability to play fetch and respond to their name.
  • 2 This intelligent breed is often captivated by observing outdoor wildlife.
  • 3 The Chartreux cat loves interacting with humans and quickly become attached to his or her owner.


Thought to have originally hailed from Syria in the 16th Century, the Chartreux cat was brought to France by Carthusian monks, where they derived their name. Also known as the "blue cat," the Chartreux became popular around Europe during the 18th Century for their luscious, velvety blue fur. Today, however, they are a relatively rare breed.

Quick Facts

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    Medium, Large

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    12 - 16 years or more

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    Hair Length


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    Litter Size

    4 - 5 kittens

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    Male Weight

    12 - 16 pounds or more

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    Female Weight

    7 - 10 pounds


The Chartreux are a very smart, friendly, loving, adaptable breed. They are capable of learning how to open door latches and other simple tricks. The Chartreux is fairly comfortable in any setting, not taking long to adjust to a new location or living with new people. Generally a silent cat, they do not meow or whine like other breeds. They get along well with kids and other pets, and show ample affection towards the entire family, but still tend to play favorites with one member of the household. The Chartreux is more than capable of staying home alone for extended periods of time and are in general a well behaved breed..


The Chartreux is only ever seen in their trademark smokey blue, wooly coat.

Health Concerns

Common hereditary problems noticed in Chartreux are:

  • patellar luxation (displacement of the kneecap)
  • gingivitis

Often called a โ€œpotato on toothpicks,โ€ the Chartreux is a large, well-built, breed with skinny, little legs, and large paws. Despite their proportions, these cats are surprisingly quick. They have a waterproof coat, brilliant, copper eyes, and a round head with a rapidly tapering muzzle, making them appear to be smiling.

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