Appearance of the Chartreux Cat
The Chartreux cat is widely known around the world for its smile.
Due to the anatomical structuring of their head and their tapered muzzle, the Chartreux cat often seems to be smiling.
The nose appears to be straight with a stop at eye-level. The eyes of the Chartreux cat are round, with a slight curvature on the outer corners. The color of the eyes range from gold to copper. The ears are medium in size (height and width) and are very erect. They also have a medium sized tail reaching just around one foot (30cm) when stretched.
The Chartreux cat is also popular for its fur. It is medium in length, blue-gray, usually with a visible tint of blue. There are only three breeds in the world that have a blue color; The Chartreux, the Korat, and the Russian Blue. Of course, none of the blues are solid but rather, a shade or a tint. Another good characteristic about the fur is that it is very soft due to the double-coating and it is water repellent. The fur of the Chartreux cat is very desirable and is considered as one of the best scoring fur in competitions.
The weight of the Chartreux cat varies but full grown females usually weigh around 7-10 pounds and males can reach 16 pounds. It also has broad shoulders compared to other cats as well as a deep chest. The legs can be seen as short, and are fin-boned compared to the rest of the body which has a thicker bone structure. The Chartreux cat is considered one of the “bigger” cats, nevertheless it is considered a very rare breed and highly protected by breeders around the world.