Breed 59

General Type Standard


The Chartreux is a medium shorthair French breed with a large robust well-proportioned muscular body. It is renowned since antiquity for its hunting prowess and its dense greyish blue slightly woolly coat. They are extremely supple and agile cats, and the qualities of strength, unrivalled intelligence and adaptability, enabled them to survive in the wild for centuries. The Chartreux has a gentle but seldom used voice and is calm and affectionate. The eyes are one of its most endearing features. Males are much larger than females and slower to mature.
After WWI, some French breeders became interested in preserving this ancient breed for posterity. They put together a breed standard based on detailed descriptions by the 18th century naturalists Buffon and Linnaeus. They were careful to utilize only those cats that bred true to that standard. The early show cats from the 1930s could be Grand Champions in shows today, which is unusual in the cat fancy, as many breeds have changed significantly in that time.


Head: The shape of a trapezium, wider at the base and narrower at the top, and broad with rounded contours. The cheeks are full and adult males have well developed jowls. The profile has a gently concave curve at eye level with a high forehead and a flat plane between the ears. The nose is straight, wide and moderately long.

Muzzle: Narrow in relation to the overall width of the head, not long nor pointed, with full whisker pads and a firm chin, giving a sweet, smiling expression.

Eyes: Large, open and expressive with the outer corner curving slightly upward, set moderately wide apart with the colour varying from yellow to copper. In kittens allowances should be made for maturing eye colour.

Ears: Broad at the base, slightly rounded and medium size set high on the head.

Body: 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, thick and muscular. Females are significantly smaller, but still robust and well-muscled.

Legs: Medium length with strong bone structure and powerful muscles, particularly in males.

Feet: Medium size and slightly oval.

Tail: Medium length, flexible, thicker at the base tapering to a rounded tip.

Coat: Medium-short dense, slightly woolly and open in texture with abundant undercoat, looking almost water repellent.

Colour: All uniform shades of greyish blue are acceptable, from pale blue-grey to deep blue-grey, slate grey nose leather, blue lips and rose-taupe pads.

Faults: Nose stop, snubbed, humped, upturned, long or heavy nose, tipping and General Show Penalties.

Withhold all awards for: Green eyes, eyes with a green circle, white locket, and any cat showing three or more of the faults above.


Head and ears 30
Eyes 10
Body, legs and tail 30
Coat and colour 30