Chartreux Cat Breed
The Chartreux is a medium size cat with a sturdy appearance and smiling expression. Their body is muscular, robust and heavily built. The head is broad but not round with high forehead, heavy neck and narrow muzzle. The eyes are quite large and slightly round. The eye colors ranges from gold to copper. The ears are medium size and set high. The tail is thick at the base and tapering to rounded tip. They have a fairly large legs and paws. The weight of the Chartreux is around 7-17 pounds.
The Chartreux has a short double coat that is glossy with unclear undercoat. All shade of blue are permitted from ash to slate-gray. The most popular color is the ash gray. The coat tends to be more silvery on the nose, pads and the back of the ears. They take about two years to reach adulthood. The Chartreux breed is well-known in France and Belgium.
The Chartreux is very friendly, affectionate, good natured and playful. Their temperament is similar to that of the British shorthair. The Chartreux has a silent meow but will speak up if thereís something to whine about. He can stay alone for some periods of time without complain, but itís not fair to leave them for too long. . If you have to work or stay away for long periods of time is better to give them another cat for company.
Is Chartreux the Right Breed for You?
Chartreuxs are suited to apartment living. They are characteristically lazy until something interesting them and are well known for their hunting abilities. They are good with other cats and dogs and also make excellent companion for children. They seem to have a well-developed sense of humor, and enjoy a good game of fetch or a romp with their friends and family.† They are also quiet, devoted, self assured and non-aggressive. They rarely show their paws; if something upsets them they just move to a more peaceful spot.
Chartreux Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Chartreux is around 16 or more years.
Chartreux Health Problems
The Chartreux is a relatively healthy breed. There major concern associated with them is patellar luxation (kneecap)
Chartreux Care and Grooming
The Chartreux requires a minor grooming to keep its coat in good condition. You cold stroke the cat frequently running your fingers. Brushing is not recommended unless you are using a very soft brush. The main reason is that a brush could pulls out the undercoat and leaves a very ugly, spiky-looking coat. Bathing is optional. If the coat is very dirty you can use an unscented grooming powder. The Chartreux cats should not be bathed more often than once every eight weeks to keep their skin from drying out.
It is recommended for all cats and household pets to have annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, and a quality diet. Use a special ear cleaner only when necessary to keep the ear clean and trim off the sharp points of the claws regularly using good clippers.
The Chartreuxs are heavy seasonal shedders; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.