THE CHARTREUX CAT
" The Chartreux is a animal which develops slowly over
a long period of time.The male, in particular, does not acquire
ist full strength until after two to three years. Whithout
exception, its jowls do not develop until the same age. The
coat does not acquire a wooly character until it is around
three or four years old.
In contrast, the beautiful copper eyes of our champions become
significantly diluted at three to four years old, much to
|The course of action in the showing of Chartreux must
therefore be skillfully planned. Not too young, for the
cat must be suffiffffffciently full and hace a good coat,
not too old, to ensure the beautiful eyes. So if one includes
the non-showing periods when females have their litter,
then one sees that it is not too easy to lead a Chartreux
towards the highest level of exposition awards.
The choice of young kittens as a future breeders is equally
delicate. It is not until two three months old that the eye
color begins to show itself precisely, and subsequently it
can still vary significantly. The kittens which most resemble
a mature adult with big jowls, mediu ears, have a hight risk
of having in their maturity very short noses and very small
It is normal that a young Chartreux appears to have a long
nose /provided that it has a straight profile/ and high ears.
When it has itsjowls, when its coat starts to grow out, the
proportions are then modified and it will then have a excellent
Chartreux head. It is thus necessary to pay attention to the
choice of a kitten."
SELECTION OF JEAN SIMONNET'S BOOK: THE CHARTREUX CAT