As with all working breeds, these cats demonstrate great intelligence and can adapt to a wide variety of circumstances. CFA recognized the cat in 1987.Description:The Chartreux as it is bred by CFA breeders preserves the cat?s primitive image with as much drama and contrast as possible. Defining characteristics include fine boned legs, deep chest, little or no neck, medium size ears set high on the head, a double coat, and orange eyes. Other versions of the breed are available in Europe. These cats tend to have larger legs and ears as well as yellow eyes.
The Chartreux's origin is shrouded in the mists of antiquity. Many claim the cat came to Europe from the mountains of Syria at the time of the Crusades. The cats may very well have begun their lives in Europe at the monasteries guarding granaries and other food stuffs precious to the monks. At one time the cats were common and hunted for their exquisite double fur which was used for trimming ladies? coats. By the end of WWII the cats were all but extinct with survivors existing in only a few isolated areas of France.
Ideally, Chartreux are sweet, docile creatures being great conservators of energy except for the occasional outburst once or twice a day. Personal characteristics vary: some are mute, some pray, some fetch. They are good travelers. All tend to be very devoted to their owners and will follow their significant person around the house staying near but rarely intruding on their owner?s personal space.
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