Breed Standard: Chartreux
6 .. Shape and size
5 .. Profile/nose
5 .. Muzzle
5 .. Ear shape and size
5 .. Ear placement
5 .. Eye shape and size
4 .. Neck
8 .. Shape and size
8 .. Legs and feet
5 .. Boning
5 .. Musculature
4 .. Tail
15 .. Texture
5 .. Length
10 .. Coat Color
5 .. Eye Color
GENERAL: the Chartreux is a sturdy, shorthaired French
breed coveted since antiquity for its hunting prowess and its
dense, water repellent fur. Its husky, robust type is sometimes
termed primitive, neither cobby nor classic. Though amply built,
Chartreux are extremely supple and agile cats; refined, never
coarse nor clumsy. Males are much larger than females and slower
to mature. Coat texture, coat color and eye color are affected
by sex, age and natural factors which should not penalize. The
qualities of strength, intelligence and amenability, which have
enabled the Chartreux to survive the centuries unaided, should
be evident in all exhibition animals and preserved through
HEAD and NECK: rounded and broad but not a sphere.
Powerful jaw; full cheeks, with mature males having larger
jowls. High, softly contoured forehead; nose straight and of
medium length/width; with a slight stop at eye level. Muzzle
comparatively small, narrow and tapered with slight pads. Sweet,
smiling expression. Neck short and heavy set.
EARS: medium in height and width; set high on the
head; very erect posture.
EYES: rounded and open; alert and expressive. Color
range is copper to gold; a clear, deep, brilliant orange is
BODY and TAIL: robust physique: medium-long with broad
shoulders and deep chest. Strong boning; muscle mass is solid
and dense. Females are medium; males are large. Tail of moderate
length; heavy at base; tapering to oval tip. Lively and
LEGS and FEET: legs comparatively short and
fine-boned; straight and sturdy. Feet are round and medium in
size (may appear almost dainty compared to body mass).
COAT: medium-short and slightly woolly in texture
(should break like a sheepskin at neck and flanks). Resilient
undercoat; longer, protective topcoat. NOTE: degree of
woolliness depends on age, sex and habitat, mature males
exhibiting the heaviest coats. Silkier, thinner coat permitted
on females and cats under two years.
PENALIZE: severe nose break, snubbed or upturned nose,
broad, heavy muzzle, palpable tail defect, eyes too close
together giving angry look.
DISQUALIFY: white locket, visible tail kink, green
eyes; any signs of lameness in the hindquarters.
COLOR: any shade of blue-gray from ash to slate; tips
lightly brushed with silver. Emphasis on color clarity and
uniformity rather than shade. Preferred tone is a bright,
unblemished blue with an overall iridescent sheen. Nose leather
is slate gray; lips blue; paw pads are rose-taupe. Allowance
made for ghost barring in kittens and for tail rings in
juveniles under two years of age.
The following information is for reference purposes only
and not an official part of the CFA Show Standard.
Chartreux Color Class Number
Blue 0550 0551
AOV None None
Chartreux allowable outcross breeds: none.