Updated: May 2017
The short history of the club goes back to the 5th of June 2014, when a founder member of the club picked up a male kitten called Jay from Chatterie de l’Etoile du Soir in Lower Normandy. He and his wife fell in love with him and the breed, so in May 2015 he applied to GCCF for the Chartreux to become a recognised breed, which was accepted five months later.
Together with a couple who also owned a male Chartreux, they set up Chartreux Cat Club UK and a website and a Facebook page were created. Despite the Chartreux being little known in the UK, kitten enquiries started to come in almost straight away. The first kitten came to the UK in the spring of 2016 and others followed during the rest of the year and into this year.
As Jay was the first male Chartreux to be registered with GCCF, his owner decided that he would also like to have the first registered female and the first registered kittens. So, on 26th October 2015 he brought Lilly de Mithlond to the UK. Lilly and Jay were kept as pets; a life that Jay was used to before Lilly arrived, which worked well. They mated on the 8th of October and five beautiful and healthy kittens were born on 13th and 14th December 2016.
Three of the females brought in for breeding in 2016 are now becoming ready for mating, so more UK bred kittens should be ready to leave for their new homes from late summer.
Some of the new Chartreux owners got together and formed a proper club that is now a Provisional Member of GCCF. A Chartreux Breed Standard has been submitted, and an application for Preliminary Recognition has been sent in. When this has been granted, the Chartreux can be shown in Assessment Classes and can be awarded Merit certificates (if deemed worthy specimens of the breed), which are needed for the club to be able to apply for Championship Status for the breed.
Cat owning members of the club got together for the first time at the Supreme Cat Show in Birmingham in October 2016, where six cats were exhibited. The club was also represented in the World of Cats section at the National Pet Show in London in May 2017.