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Knowing the chartreux breed standard is extremely important not only in case you want to take your cat to exhibitions but, essentially to don’t be deceived. Gentle, purring and with a wonderful smile, the chartreux rarely makes noises such as mewing. He’s large and muscular, with a short but dense blue woolly coat and golden eyes. The Chartreux is very intelligent, friendly and kind. Very agile and an exceptional hunter, for less informed persons, the chartreux is often confused with the British Shorthair or the Russian Blue. The fact is that all of them have very different morphologic characteristics. To ensure you’re getting a pure chartreux kitten, you should do it only through recognized and registered breeders. In Portugal the FIFe is represented by the Clube Português de Felinicultura, the sole keeper of the Portuguese Book of Origins.

Chartreux FIFe Standard:

Head: Skull, not bulging, with a narrow, flat space between the ears the jowls lend the head the shape of a trapezium, wide at the base, narrow at the top. The nose must be broad and straight, not snubbed and the extremity of the muzzle may jut out from the jowls.

Ears: Medium in size, set high on the head giving the cat an alert look; slightly flaring

Eyes: Large and open, not too rounded; the outer corner being slightly turned upwards. Vivid color from deep yellow to deep copper; no traces of green, no watery, i.e. faded colour tones the colour should be pure; preference will be given to the most intensive colour.

Body: Solid, firm, muscular broad, well developed chest the Chartreux, above all the male, should always appear solid in relation to its size. Legs of medium length in proportion to the body; strong muscles, not too high and large paws. Tail of medium length, in proportion to the body it may taper, but the tip must be rounded in shape of the same colour as the body.

Coat: Glossy, dense; slightly woolly at the base, luxurious in growth double coat, making the hair stand out. All shades of blue are permissible, ranging from pale blue-grey to a deeper blue-grey, pale blue-grey is preferred uniformity in tone is essential.

Faults: Nose snubbed; Round eyes; Unclear eye colour; Absence of outline around eyes; Rings on tail (permissible on young cats); Coat cold or sandy tone in colour; ghost markings or other tabby markings on the body and legs; White hairs; too pronounced difference in colour to the undercoat; brownish or reddish tinges in the coat colour. shading, ghost-markings, tipping.

Crossing of the Chartreux with any other breeds is forbidden.