The breed was greatly diminished during the first World War and wild populations were not seen after World War II, except perhaps in Belle-Île-en-Mer where the Léger sisters
started breeding the best subjects.
As for every French cat with a pedigree, the first letter of the official name of a Chartreux cat encodes the year of its birth.
Chartreux tend to bond with one person in their household, preferring to be in their general vicinity (often following their favoured person from room to room), though they
are still loving and affectionate to the other members of the household.
 Legend also has it that the Chartreux’s ancestors were feral mountain cats from what is now Syria, brought back to France by returning Crusaders in the 13th century, many
of whom entered the Carthusian monastic order.
The Chartreux is a rare breed of cat from France, and is recognised by a number of registries around the world.
For example, a Chartreux born in 2021 would have an official name starting with the letter S. History The Chartreux is mentioned for the first time in 1558 by Joachim du
Bellay in a poem entitled Vers Français sur la mort d’un petit chat, or “A small kitten’s death” in English.
Chartreux cats are playful cats well into their adult years; some can be taught to fetch small objects in the same manner as a dog.
 There is another representation of a Chartreux in 1747 in the Jean-Baptiste Perronneau’s painting Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange, into which the cat is painted as a
pet, quite rare for the time.
Chartreux cats are also known for their “smile”; due to the structure of their heads and their tapered muzzles, they often appear to be smiling.
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o ^ (in French) DR Rousselet-Blanc (1992). Larousse (ed.). Le chat: Race et type européen (in
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o ^ (in English) Getty Center (ed.). “Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange, née de Parseval”. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
o ^ Jump up to:a b Siegal 1997, p. 27.
o ^ Simonnet 1990, p. 36–37.
Helgren 2013, p. 100–103.
o ^ Kaymak, Nuesret. All Cat Breeds of This World: All Approved Cat Breeds. Atelier Kaymak UG. ISBN 978-3-96183-036-7.
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