Felis ISSN 2398-2950


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  • Chartreux

General information

  • One of the older cat breeds, the Chartreux is believed to have developed in France during the 18th century, in the Carthusian monastery of the monks who made the Chartreuse liqueur.
  • The Chartreux became almost extinct after World War II, saved only by breeding programs that outcrossed the Chartreux with Blue Longhairs.
  • The breed became best known for being the favored breed of French author Colette, as well as French President Charles de Gaulle.
  • Despite its French origins, the Chartreux is more popular in the US than in many European countries.
  • Despite the Chartreux's powerful appearance and its proven ability at hunting, the breed has a sweet, non-confrontational disposition.
  • Requires daily combing.

Biological data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information


  • Visit the Cat Fanciers' Association website to search for details of CFA Affiliated cat clubs -www.cfa.org.


  • Visit the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy website to search for details of GCCF Affiliated cat clubs - www.gccfcats.org.