Chartreux - CHA
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Chartreux is a sturdy, shorthaired French breed coveted since antiquity for its hunting prowess and its dense, water repellent fur. Its appearance has stayed almost unchanged for the last century.
Top of head
The head is broad at the base with well developed, full cheeks, which give the head the shape of an inverted trapezium with rounded contours. High forehead and a flat plane between the ears.
Muzzle and chin
The cheekbones are high, cheeks are full and the jowls, which are larger on males, make it look wider at the base than at the top. The muzzle is small and narrow in relation to the overall width of the head, not long nor pointed, with full whisker pads and a firm chin.
The line of the profile is slightly curved.
Large, round, open and expressive with the outer corner pointing slightly upward, set moderately wide apart with the colour varying from yellow to copper. In kittens allowances should be made for maturing eye colour.
The ears are medium sized with slightly rounded tips. They are placed high on the head with erect posture, minimal flare at base.
Size and boning
The medium sized cat has a strong, muscular body structure.
Semi-cobby, sturdy with broad shoulders and a deep chest. Medium length with a strong bone structure and dense powerful musculature.
The neck is short and solid.
Legs and paws
Medium length with strong bone structure and powerful muscles, particularly in males. Paws are medium in size and oval in shape.
Of medium length, in proportion to the body. It may taper, but the tip must be rounded in shape.
Short to medium short
Dense, slightly woolly in appearance with a ‘breaking look’ and a resilient undercoat. Silkier, thinner coat is permitted on females and cats under two years of age.
All uniform shades of greyish blue are acceptable. Tips may appear to be lightly brushed with silver. Allowance for ghost barring in kittens and tail rings in juveniles.
See general part
Special breed faults
Outcross with other breeds