Buying a Chartreux Kitten

A big part of Chartreux Cat Club’s aim is to establish the breed in the UK. We have four UK Breeders at the moment and we hope that more will join our programme. The breeders are registered with GCCF and they adhere to their Breeders Scheme described here: https://www.gccfcats.org/about-gccf/breeder-scheme. The kittens stay with the mum until they are 3 months old and are socialised in the breeder’s home. They will have had the standard vaccinations before they leave for their new homes. They will also be microchipped and registered with GCCF.     

As with all rare and expensive animals, there is the risk that they could be exploited by unscrupulous breeders and sellers so we strongly recommend that you follow the GCCF kitten buying guidelines before committing to such an expensive purchase. Our club fully supports its ‘Responsible Breeding – Responsible Buying’ ethos. Here is a link to the GCCF’s Kitten Buying page for easy reference: https://www.gccfcats.org/buying-a-kitten.

Chartreux are wonderful companions and with their good looks, intelligence and amiable personality it is not surprising that they are quite sought after as pets. They are considered to be one of the healthiest cat breeds with little to no genetic issues. But, you should also be aware that Chartreux are long-lived and are considered to be indoor cats. They do enjoy going outside but they should not be permitted to roam freely. With their double-coat, they do need to be brushed regularly, especially entire males can grow quite large with a thick fur coat to match! Also given that they do tend to form bonds with humans, they do appreciate their humans’ company (even if they don’t always show it).

We are running an online waiting list for those interested in buying a kitten. Before you apply to go on the list, please read on the website about the breed and about how we want our kittens to be looked after. Then go to the ‘Contact Us’ section and enter ‘Kitten Inquiry’ in the subject box. In the ‘Message Box’, please tell us as much as possible about your family and the home you can offer the kitten. We reserve the right to reject applications if we are not satisfied that the conditions will be suitable. The final vetting will take place when the applicant visits the breeder to meet the kitten. Because of the high demand for our kittens, the deposit must be paid within seven days to reserve the kitten. After that time, the kitten will be offered to the next one on the waiting list.

Please be aware that the club cannot accept any kind of responsibility for a kitten purchased.

Naming your kitten

As the parents of the first UK bred kittens were registered with LOOF (the French equivalent of GCCF) and named after their system, we have adopted this system also for the kittens born in the UK to acknowledge their French heritage. Kittens born in the same year have names beginning with the same letter. The letters rotate through the alphabet each year: A-I, J+K, L-O, P+Q, R-U, V+W+X+Y+Z (some letters are grouped together as the choice of names beginning with these letters is limited. The letter for 2020 is R.

Lucy’s Law

You may know that Lucy’s Law is due to come into force on the 6th of April 2020? The law is named after a Cavalier King Charles spaniel called Lucy, who died in 2016 after being poorly treated on a puppy farm. She had been forced to breed several times a year and her puppies were taken away from her at just four weeks old. When found she was severely malnourished, she was in poor health and her body worn out from so many pregnancies. Her terrible treatment sparked a nationwide campaign to stop the unethical trade in puppies and kittens. Lucy’s Law will ban the sale of puppies and kittens by third parties. The law will require animals to be born and reared in a safe environment, with their mother, and to be sold from their place of birth. It will ensure anyone buying or adopting a kitten under six months old deals directly with the breeder or an animal rehoming centre, rather than a pet shop or other commercial dealer. The ban, which will apply to England, is also designed to deter smugglers who abuse the Pet Travel Scheme to bring young animals into the UK to be sold for financial gain. Our club fully supports Lucy’s Law and its purpose. Please follow the GCCF guidelines if you want to buy a kitten.

Buying a Kitten from Abroad

It is possible to import kittens from abroad, but we recommend that you still follow the advice given above with regard to checking out the seller. In particular, we strongly advise that you do your own research and satisfy yourself as to the health and well being of any particular kitten that you may wish to buy, and that you check the individual Cattery for your own peace of mind.

We regret that as a Club we are unable to get involved in the importation of kittens, but some of our members may be happy to share their personal experiences of breeders with whom they have dealt. In particular, goran.nilsson@sky.com, the founder of the Club has arranged the importation of over 50 kittens. He still maintains contact with a number of breeders on the Continent and on a personal basis he may be able to help you find a kitten from a reputable breeder and advice about the procedure.

Pedigree Chartreux bred abroad can be registered with GCCF as long as they have the correct documentation. GCCF ‘s website page below sets out what they will require depending on where you are importing the kitten from. https://www.gccfcat.org/breeding-information/importing-exporting. Their information is supplemented by the UK Government’s website which provides additional details here: https://www.gov.uk/bring-your-pet-to-uk

Importing kittens from Europe

The Pet Passport Scheme will remain in force until at least the end of 2020. What will happen after that will depend on how the UK is categorised by the EU Pet Travel Scheme. The current regulations can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/pet-passport. We will update this page when we know if there will be any changes.

The breeder will arrange for the relevant paperwork and for the Pet Passport to be issued.

All kittens imported into the UK will stay with the mum until they are 3 months old and are socialised in the breeder’s home. They will have had the standard vaccinations and will also be microchipped and registered with LOOF. Because of the UK animal import rules, they need to be vaccinated against rabies when they are 3 months old and then it takes 3 weeks for the vaccine to take effect. The kittens will normally carry on staying with the breeder during this period, so prompt collection is appreciated.

The price of kittens is based on their bloodlines and the Show Status of the parents and their ancestors. High pedigree kittens usually cost 950-1000 Euros which includes the standard vaccinations, microchipping, rabies vaccination and passport.

Please note that the Chartreux Cat Club UK cannot officially get involved with the importation of kittens from abroad and that the club cannot be held responsible for any kittens purchased.