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enero 12, 2021


The history of the Chartreux is shrouded in an aura of mystery, as much as the origin of its name. His thick, dense and slightly woolly coat it would seem to confirm the hypothesis that it would be native to the Syrian mountainous areas.

For some, given the similarity of the name, the Carthusian would be just that feline that the Carthusian friars chose to keep mice away from the libraries of the abbeys; for someone else, the name of the feline would simply be connected to the particular nature of the coat so similar to the precious “Pile de Chartreux” wool.

In the 1930s the presence of some examples of Carthusian in France was recorded by the Leger sisters who, returning from a trip to Belle-Île Sur Mer in Great Britain, began to breed the robust cats from which they had been conquered. The Certosino cat breeding and selection program was so successful that it was officially recognized in 1939.

After World War II, the feline race risked extinction due to crossbreeding with British Shorthairs blue, wanted to improve the Certosino and make up for the crisis of specimens. In 1977, the numerous protests of the breeders led to the new officialization of that proud, intelligent and independent breed: the Chartreux cat.


The Chartreux is a friendly, calm and balanced cat. The feline becomes attached to the human friend he chooses and loves being in his company, without ever being intrusive or inappropriate. Although the feline breed has retained the innate instinct of the hunter, its specimens have adapted perfectly to domestic life and company (especially of elderly and single people).

In spite of the rather reserved behavior, outdoors the Chartreux proves to be a cat able to be respected by other felines, hunt and get by in any situation.


The Chartreux puppy looks like a strong, muscular, well proportioned cat and less dry than most other felines: the head is large, the ears have slightly rounded tips, the color of the eyes varies from copper to orange, the tail is long and sturdy, the dense and woolly hair ranges from gray-blue from anthracite-gray to light gray.

Most often, the Chartreux is confused with the common gray cat. In reality, the gray-blue color of the coat, the robust body, the depth of the golden eyes and the proud round head represent those distinctive traits capable of differentiating the Chartreux cat from the specimens of other similar breeds such as Russian Blue, Korat, British Shorthair and European. The Chartreux is a prized and expensive cat. The price of a puppy can range from 800-900 euros to 1300-1400 euros. To avoid running into scams or deceptions, it would be advisable to choose between one of the farms recognized and indicated by ANFI (Italian National Feline Association).


L’feeding of the Carthusian it must be closely linked to the physical activity carried out by the specimen. The typical voracity of the specimens of the breed risks jeopardizing their state of health. It is imperative to find the right combination of nutrients and daily rations. In this sense, the Chartreux’s diet must be rich in proteins and fats (useful for strengthening the musculoskeletal system), low in sugar and fiber, and integrated with taurine, arginine, arachidonic acid, niacin and vitamin B6.

Like all predators, domestic cats need to consume a lot short meals throughout the day, without exaggerated rations. In any case, it is advisable to dose the portions according to the nutritional needs required by each individual phase of the animal’s life: pregnancy, lactation, growth, sterilization and the like.


Grooming and hygiene

The care of the Certosino’s hygiene does not require much attention: the specimens have a short coat and a high capacity for self-cleaning. It is essential to accustom the Chartreux cat to weekly brushing in order to remove any dead or excess hair (especially during the seasonal moult) and to avoid felting and / or the formation of accumulations of hair (the cat could ingest them during self-grooming).


From the genetic point of view, the most common pathologies in the Carthusian they are: medial patellar dislocation, hip dysplasia, polycystic kidney and struvite stones in the urinary tract.

The checkup by the treating veterinarian, the vaccines and the relative reminders (viral gastroenteritis, infectious rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, infectious leukemia and the like) give the feline the possibility of reaching the estimated average age of about 15 years in optimal conditions.


  • Head The head must have a wide base and a well developed skull, must not be protruding and must have a narrow and flat space between the ears. The rounded cheeks give the head the shape of a trapezoid.
  • Eyes The eyes should be set wide apart, large and slightly oval.
  • Ears The ears must be of medium size and with rounded tips.
  • Body The body must be strong, very muscular and well proportioned.
  • Tail The tail should be of medium length, thick at the base, thin at the tip and with a rounded tip.
  • Arts The legs must be straight, of medium length and with large feet.
  • Coat and color The coat must be shiny, thick, slightly woolly and dense. All shades of blue are allowed, from pale blue-gray to a deeper blue-gray. Uniformity of color is an essential condition.