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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat, 16 months old, sitting in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux kitten, 5 months old, in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat, 7 years old, sitting in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat, 10 months old, in front of white background

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cynoclubChartreux cat in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat, 5 months old, and a English Cocker Spaniel, 2 years old, in front of white background

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cynoclubChartreux cat in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux kitten, 5 months old, in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat, 2 years old, in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat, 16 months old, sitting in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat wearing winter scarf, 3 years old, in front of white background

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lifeonwhiteFront view of a Chartreux kitten on hind legs, pawing up, 6 mont

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cynoclubChartreux cat in front of white background

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stetsikHappy little girl with grey cat in bed. Chartreux cat. British Shorthair breed. Korat grey cat in hands of smiling girl. pet lovers. animals at home. happy childhood. love concept

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cynoclubChartreux cat in front of white background

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MadrabothairChartreux cat

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lifeonwhiteFront view of a Chartreux kitten sitting, 6 months old, isolated

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tan4ikkGrey kitten

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tan4ikkGrey kitten

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GppetsProfile of Grey Sitting Chartreux Cat, cut out

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YAYImagesChartreux cat near a swimming pool

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slowmotiongliChartreux Domestic Cat, Adult laying against Black Background

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MKiryakovaThe chartreux blue cat. Domestic cat, indoor plants on background

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slowmotiongliChartreux Domestic Cat, Kitten against White Background

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slowmotiongliChartreux Domestic Cat, Kitten playing against White Background

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slowmotiongliChartreux Domestic Cat against White Background

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SkaldisSurprised grey cat with big eyes sitting on a balcony ledge in winter

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slowmotiongliChartreux Domestic Cat against White Background

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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat, 16 months old, standing in front of white backgro

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cynoclubChartreux cat in front of white background

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SkaldisSurprised grey cat with big eyes sitting on a balcony ledge in winter

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lifeonwhiteChartreux cat, 16 months old, standing in front of white backgro

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volodymyrshtunGray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes on a couch.

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Olga_MandrikA beautiful fluffy gray cat with a bow on his neck sits on a blue background and looks at the camera. Lovely pet. Animal Protection Day. Banner. Greeting card. Place for text

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Olga_MandrikA beautiful fluffy gray cat with a bow on his neck sits on a blue background and looks at the camera. Lovely pet. Animal Protection Day. Banner. Greeting card. Place for text

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ChretienPortrait of a pretty chartreux cat with long hairs and yellow eyes.

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GppetsProfile of Grey Sitting Chartreux Cat, cut out

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GppetsProfile of Grey Sitting Chartreux Cat, cut out

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WirestockA closeup shot of a grumpy chartreux cat in a field at daytime

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GppetsProfile of Grey Sitting Chartreux Cat, cut out

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WirestockA closeup shot of a grumpy chartreux cat in a field at daytime

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YAYImagesChartreux cat near a swimming pool

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WirestockA closeup shot of a grumpy chartreux cat in a field at daytime

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WirestockA closeup shot of a cute gray Chartreux cat on a blurred background

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MKiryakovaChartreux cat with blue fur sitting on table near potted plants.

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volodymyrshtunGray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes sit in apartment and looking in a window.

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cynoclubChartreux cat in studio

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volodymyrshtunGray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes sit outdoor.

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stetsikHappy little girl with grey cat in bed. Chartreux cat. British Shorthair breed. Korat grey cat in hands of smiling girl. pet lovers. animals at home. happy childhood. love concept

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[email protected] of sweet grey Chartreux cat with big amber-colored eyesChretienPortrait of a pretty chartreux cat with long hairs and yellow eyes.

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ChretienPortrait of a pretty chartreux cat with long hairs and yellow eyes.

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WirestockA closeup shot of Chartreux cat in the green meadow

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WirestockA grey Chartreux cat with yellow eyes and angry look

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ChretienPortrait of a pretty chartreux cat with long hairs and yellow eyes.

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ChretienPortrait of a pretty chartreux cat with long hairs and yellow eyes.

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volodymyrshtunGray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes sit behind the window outdoor.

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volodymyrshtunGray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes sit outdoor.

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volodymyrshtunGray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes sit outdoor.
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Chartreux

With his cloak of gray fur, sober as a monk’s robes,  it’s no wonder that the Chartreux was associated with the Carthusian order in France. The quiet mousers would have been perfect companions for members of the silent, solitary order. It’s a pretty legend, but there is no real evidence that the cats were kept by the Carthusians, although perhaps they were simply not considered important enough to mention.

A more likely scenario is that the cats, a natural breed, were commonly found in France at least as far back as the 18th century, performing rat patrol in stables, shops and homes. Unfortunately for the beautifully furred felines, they were also prized by furriers for their thick blue pelts. A type of luxurious wool called “pile de Chartreux” may have taken its name from the soft, woolly coated cats.

As with so many breeds, however, it’s not really known how the cats came by their name or how or where they were developed. One of the earliest references to a French gray cat dates to 1558, an epitaph for Belaud, who belonged to poet Joachin de Bellay. Bellay describes Belaud “death to rats,” which is certainly an attribute of the breed, then and now.

The first reference to the name Chartreux for the blue cats is found in the Universal Dictionary of Commerce, Natural History and the Arts and Trade of Savvary of Brusion, published in 1723, which also mentions the cats’ association with the fur trade. French naturalist George-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, described them as the cat of France and gave them the Latin name Felis catus coeruleus, meaning blue cat.

Free-living groups of the cats lived in Paris and other areas of France until the early 1900s. They were not much valued, except for their skins and their aptitude for vermin control. It wasn’t until after World War I that French cat lovers took steps to preserve the breed. They gathered as many cats as they could and wrote a breed standard. Using only the cats that met the standard and produced kittens that met it, they were able to begin exhibiting the cats in European shows in either 1928 or 1931, depending on the source. One of the breed’s early adherents was the novelist Colette, whose Chartreux Saha took pride of place in her book La Chatte. General Charles de Gaulle was also known to love the breed, owning one named Gris Gris.

It was fortunate that fanciers had begun to breed the Chartreux when they did, because after World War II, none of the free-roaming cats could be found. Chartreux, which are still uncommon, were first imported into the United States in 1970 and were recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1987. Today the cats are recognized by all major American cat associations. The Chartreux is even the official mascot of the Montreux Jazz Festival. They are less known in Europe, even in their homeland of France. Unlike many cat breeds, they have changed little over the years and remain, as Bellay wrote:

“the most handsome perhaps

That nature ever made in cat’s clothing.”

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Height:9-11 inches
Weight:7-16 pounds
Lifespan:12-16 years
Colors:Blue (silver-grey)
Suitable for:Single owners, small families, large families, anyone who wants a quiet pet
Temperament:Sweet, loving, docile, and friendly

France’s contribution to cat fanciers everywhere, the Chartreux (pronounced shar-TRUE) is a true-blue cat with a long history in the French countryside.

Amiable and easygoing, this ultra-quiet cat breed may very well come from the Carthusian monasteries of the late middle ages. Allegedly bred over centuries to have a tiny, diminutive meow, it is said that the Chartreux was designed so as not to disturb the meditations of the monks who cared for them.

If you’re curious about whether this heritage breed would make a great addition to your home, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll be covering everything you need to know to get acquainted with the Chartreux — from how to buy or adopt a kitten, to their temperament, intelligence, health habits, and more.

Chartreux Kittens – Before You Buy…

Holding the unofficial title of “world’s quietest cat breed”, a Chartreux kitten’s melt-your-heart squeak has been the tipping point for many adoptions. Kind-hearted and incredibly intelligent, yet not particularly active, these cats can truly be said to resemble the monks from which they get their name.

Generally healthy and possessed of a long life span, adopting a Chartreux is a long-term commitment that requires careful consideration. With most cats of this breed living upwards of a decade, be sure that you’re prepared to care for them through good times and bad.

A long and storied breed, pure-bred Chartreux cats are also highly desirable. If you plan to buy one from a breeder, be sure to extensively research their credentials — and be prepared to pay a hefty sum for pedigreed kittens.

What’s the Price of Chartreux Kittens?

It will usually cost around $75 to $150 to adopt a Chartreux, whether adult or kitten. Buying from a breeder can be exceptionally expensive though, with kittens routinely selling for around $500. For a Chartreux with documented pedigree, this price can skyrocket to as much as $1500.

3 Little-Known Facts About Chartreux

1. The Chartreux is an Excellent Mouse Catcher

Long prized for its hunting abilities, the generally quiet and stealthy Chartreux lived for many years aboard ships and as a street cat. It’s most likely that they were imported from Asia, brought along on long ships to control the rat population; this also explains their popularity in monasteries, where monks would likely be forbidden to kill or drive out rats.

2. It’s Rumored That They Were Bred by French Monks

The most popular and persistent origin story for the Chartreux — though almost definitely untrue — is that this breed was created by Carthusian monks in the Southeast of France. Their especially quiet voices, so the story goes, were selectively bred into this cat to keep them from being able to disturb monks during their meditations.

While there is considerable evidence that this is not the genuine origin of the Chartreux, there is a good chance that the ever-curious Carthusian monks did keep these useful cats in their monasteries. It’s easy to imagine that the mild temperaments and quiet voices of both monks and cats would get along very well together.

3. There is a French Tradition for How to Name your Chartreux Cat

Chartreux breeders have long observed a curious tradition of naming their kittens born in a particular year with a certain letter of the alphabet. Omitting the letters K, Q, W, X, Y, and Z, each year proceeds one letter further in the alphabet for naming.

For instance, Chartreux kittens born in 2013 were given names beginning with “I”, while kittens born in 2020 will be given names starting with “R”. What sort of name do you think would be great for a Chartreux kitten this year?

Temperament & Intelligence of the Chartreux

Highly intelligent and affably good-natured, the Chartreux survived generations of hard life as a street cat by virtue of its pleasant demeanor and notable hunting skills. Emanating mighty purrs and tiny meows from their stocky bodies, they are a highly adaptable breed that is as loyal and loving as cats come.

Because of their powerful hunting instincts, this strong but silent breed loves exercising, playing with toys, and training. They’re most fond of toys that move, especially such human-powered delights as feathers on the end of string. Though their endurance is admirable, oftentimes their attention span is not; when a Chartreux is done playing, you’ll rarely be able to entice them back to it until they’re good and ready.

Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪

It’s hard to imagine a cat that is better suited to mix with families of all sizes. From single cat owners to large families with small children, the hardy and adaptable Chartreux will fit in without a fuss. As long as they have a bowl of food, a clean litterbox, and a warm place to sleep, the Chartreux will provide constant companionship, entertainment, and affection to an entire family.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

While Chartreux cats generally get along well with other cats, they don’t always take as easily to dogs — and don’t even think about housing them with a prey animal, such as a rabbit or guinea pig. Their natural hunting instincts will quickly overtake their kind demeanors, leading to unfortunate consequences for smaller pets and heartbreak for their owners.

Things to Know When Owning a Chartreux:

Owning a Chartreux requires a significant investment of time, money, and effort. If you’re thinking of bringing one into your home, here are a few things you should know:

Food & Diet Requirements 

The Chartreux Breed requires no dietary considerations above and beyond those of any other cat. This means that a diet of high-quality dry cat food, fed regularly and in moderation, will keep them happy and healthy for years to come.

If you plan to keep your Chartreux as an indoor/outdoor cat, don’t be surprised if they regularly show up on your doorstep with freshly killed mice or birds. They are naturally talented hunters and will often hunt just as much for sport as for food.

Exercise🐈

Because of their keen hunting and tracking instincts, the Chartreux very much enjoys exercise in short bursts. Provide them with moving toys and quick tests of their agility, and they’ll happily partake in daily exercise. When they’re not on the prowl, though, you can expect to find this breed happily lounging in the comfiest chair in the house.

Training 🎾

The Chartreux takes very easily to training. With even a small amount of coaching and reward, a Chartreux can quickly learn to fetch a thrown toy or bring its favorite to you when it wants to play. Due to their great intelligence, most Chartreux will learn their names quickly and can even be taught to come when called — if they feel like it at the moment, that is.

Grooming ✂️

Uncommon amongst cats, this breed has a nearly waterproof coat due to a double layering of medium-length, slightly wooly hair. They are moderate shedders, and it is good practice to brush them at least once per week for most of the year. During their shedding season in spring, you may need to brush them as often as once per day.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Though the Chartreux is generally a healthy breed, some genetic lines have passed down a recessive gene that leads to kneecap dislocation. Known as hereditary patellar luxation, this painful condition will occasionally pop the Chartreux’s kneecap out of its track when running or playing. Look for Chartreux cats from a reputable breeder that has pre-screened for this problem, and you won’t run the risk of emergency trips to the vet.

Minor Conditions

  • Hereditary patellar luxation

Serious Conditions

  • Permanent kneecap dislocation
  • Lameness of one or more limbs

Male vs Female

Both male and female Chartreux cats display the traits of their breed almost equally, with cats of both sexes being kind, loving, and affectionate. Males have been known to be somewhat more active, while females are generally seen to be more devoted to their owners. Because they have a long history of crossbreeding, though, it’s better to consider each individual cat for its particular temperament rather than try to decide based on the sex.

Final Thoughts

No matter whether the Chartreux came by way of Asia, the streets of France, or Carthusian monks, one thing is certain — it’s a kind and affectionate breed that makes an excellent pet. Mild-mannered and easy-going, these nearly silent cats can fit well in almost any home. Give them food, water, and a place to sleep, and you’ll have made a friend for life.

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Christian Adams

An American expat living in Metro Manila, Philippines for over a decade, Christian is a lifelong cat lover and the proud papa of two rescue cats, Trixie and Chloe. Both girls were formerly among the droves of strays that roam the cities and countryside. Three-year-old Trixie was pulled from a litter found under the porch of a neighbor’s house, while two-year-old Chloe was brought home by Christian’s young son, Henry, who found the kitten crying in the parking lot. As Editor in Chief of ExcitedCats.com, Christian is thrilled to be a part of the pro-feline movement.

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