Members of the Chartreux cat breed are intelligent, love attention from people, and can even learn some tricks. If you are looking for a cat breed that is as wonderful as a good French wine, you may want to consider this cat.
Legend tells us that this breed was named for the Chartreuse liquor that Carthusian monks were so famous for.
Then again, perhaps not. This cat is mentioned in Carthusian records as early as the fifteen hundreds, but it is thought more likely that this breed was named because of its coat. Its coat looks similar to the wool of the Chartreux sheep.
Regardless of the origin of the name, this breed has a thick, wooly coat in a rich gray blue color. They have an intermediate coat, being neither a true longhair nor a shorthair. That is, the outer coat is longer than that of a shorthair, but not as long as that of most longhairs.
The body of this particular feline is very solid and muscular, while its legs are on the short side and slender. Some breeders say this breed looks like a potato with toothpick legs.
Despite its build, however, the Chartreux moves quickly and gracefully and has a reputation for being an excellent mouser.
One of the most eye catching characteristics of this breed is the way their mouths curve in a perpetual, sweet smile. These cats weigh in at anywhere from seven to seventeen pounds, with cats at the heavier end of this weight range being the ideal.
If you enjoy interacting with your pets and teaching them tricks, then this breed is an ideal choice for you. This breed loves to hang out with family members and thrives on attention.
In addition, these intelligent cats have a reputation for being quick learners. Most of them learn to come when they are called and will fetch toys.
People who do not spend much time at home should consider looking for a different breed, since this dog-like cat loves people and is really unhappy spending a lot of time alone.
Since these cats do not seek out other cats for company, getting another kitten to keep your cat from feeling so lonely when you are working may not make much of a difference.
This breed is on the quiet side, but when they do talk, it's a high pitched meow. They occasionally offer a soft chirp instead.
Before you name your kitten, you may want to talk to your breeder. This cat breed has an interesting naming tradition. All kittens born in a certain year are given names that start with the same letter. Names that start with the letters K, Q, W, X, Y, and Z are never used.
This breed's wool like coat does need frequent grooming to avoid matting. You should be prepared to comb your cat's hair at least once a week to keep him looking beautiful, and you may actually need to groom him more often.
If you want a sweet natured and intelligent cat that is on the quiet side, then the Chartreux may be the ideal breed for you.