Buying a Chartreux Kitten

 

These are the first UK Bred Kittens in the Club, born in December 2016.

A big part of Chartreux Cat Club UK’s aim is to establish the breed in the UK. We have 4 breeders at the moment, see the contact details below, and we hope that more will join our breeding programme. The breeders are registered with GCCF and they adhere to their Breeder Scheme. The kittens stay with their mum until they are 13 weeks old and are socialised in the breeder’s home. They will have had the standard vaccinations, been microchipped and registered with GCCF before they leave for their new homes. They are also insured for 4 weeks. The cost is £900-1000 and the waiting time could be up to 12 months.

Gwen & Paul Phillips, Melkelter Cats, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, melkelter@btinternet.com   melkeltercats.co.uk

Helene Hargreaves, MasterPlan Cats, Stotfold, Hertfordshire, masterplan-cats@hotmail.com   masterplan-cats.co.uk   This breeder has closed their waiting list until further notice

Fiona Dickson, Beinnliath, Consett, Co. Durham, f.dickson224@gmail.com

Allison Dixon, Allicats, Warrington, Cheshire, allidxn2009@gmail.com

Please feel free to contact any or all of the breeders about the availability and individual requirements.

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, found here Buying a Pedigree 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.

Please be aware that the Club cannot accept responsibility for any kitten purchases.

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(s). 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 came 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, 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 bans the sale of puppies and kittens by third parties. The law also requires that the puppies and kittens are born and reared in a safe environment together with their mother and that they are sold from their place of birth. It will ensure that anyone buying or adopting a puppy or kitten under six months old deals directly with the breeder or an animal rehoming centre, rather than with a pet shop or other commercial dealer. The ban, which applies to England, is also designed to deter smugglers from bringing young puppies and kittens into the UK to be sold for financial gain. Our club fully supports Lucy’s Law and its purpose.