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Life expectancy

The Chartreux has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years


Adult size

Female Between 12 and 14 in
Male Between 12 and 16 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 11 lb
Male Between 7 and 15 lb
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Purchase price

The Chartreux costs approximately 400£

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More details about the Chartreux

Chartreux: Origins and history

Although it is said that the Chartreux is the only native cat from France, they were in fact originally native from Turkey and Iran, and transported to France at the time of the Crusades. Although legend has it that the breed was created and raised by Carthusian monks, which was said to explain their wisdom, calm and strength, this is not the case. The term ‘Chartreux’ actually appeared towards the beginning of the 18th century, within natural history and trade literature. Here, it was used to refer to their fur, which was often compared to the mink fur that was common within fur trade at the time.

The breed almost disappeared at the beginning of the 20th century, but was saved by the Chartreux-lovers of France. Local communities, particularly in Belle-Île, helped to build the breed back up to its former strength. Cats of the breed were even adopted by several well-known figures of the mid-20th century, such as Charles de Gaulle, whose cat, ‘Gris-Gris’, helped restore the Chartreux’s status as cat of the French. Even today, there are owners who maintain that their Chartreux is a descendant of Gris-Gris. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that the breed was popularised and accepted by the American associations, before today reaching recognition by almost all the feline associations in the world.

Chartreux: Purchase price

The average purchase price of a Chartreux is aproximately £400. The price often varies according to lineage, breeding, age or even sex. For the monthly budget, it will take about £25 per month to meet the needs of this feline, offering a quality diet and ensuring it stays healthy.

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