The origin of the Chartreux cats is traced to the hilly areas of France called ‘Grand Chartreuse’. The monks belonging to the ‘Order of the Kartuizer monks’ which was established in this region are believed to have bred this cat in order to keep many rodents at bay. Soon, these cats were brought to Paris and by the eighteenth century the short haired blue colored cats came to be called ‘Chartreux’ in most books and articles . This breed found popularity in most parts of France and Belgium. But over time, these felines have gained popularity in many parts of Germany, Holland, the US and Portugal.
This breed has traits like being quiet, friendly, balanced, adventurous and good-humored. They adapt easily with other pets at home and are easy to teach akin to dogs. These cats can even be walked with a leash. They like residing in quiet corners, make good play-mates for children and enjoy being in company.
Some of their physical traits include very short tail and ears, white colored fur and deviating color of the eyes. It is because of these qualities that it becomes difficult to breed them without avoiding in-breeding. One should always check the family history of a Chartreux to establish purity in the breed before purchasing them from per-stores, shelters or rescue centers.
Most breeders screen the cats used for breeding since this breed of cats is prone to ‘Patellar luxation’ commonly called displacement of their knee-cap. This problem being hereditary, screening becomes necessary in order to prevent passing down of the problem in the litters to be laid.
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