A reason the Chartreux is not yet recognised by the GCCF is that it closely resembles the British Shorthair. Indeed, some mistake this feline for the more popular cat breed. This is no surprise as it, along with the Russian Blue, shares a similarly blue coat, striking eyes, and distinctive smiling expression. However, upon closer inspection, there are some differences between both grey cats.
The British Shorthair has a crisp, short, and very dense coat, whilst that of the French feline lacks that crisp texture. The latter also consistently has copper to gold eyes, whilst the British cat’s eyes can be green or blue, aside from copper. Further, the Chartreux’s face is not as round as that of its British doppelganger that has noticeably chubbier cheeks.
The Chartreux is a robust, very muscular cat with legs that are a bit shorter compared to the rest of its frame. Its eyes have a gentle yet keen expression. It also has a similarly gentle smile, which is one of its most appealing traits.
This feline’s tail is moderately long and tapers to a rounded tip. Its legs are rather finer-boned than the British Shorthair’s, but are no less sturdy. Its round paws are medium sized and look rather delicate for a stocky cat.
The Chartreux coat, prized by furriers centuries ago, is short to medium in length and is quite woolly. This thick double coat protects this kitty from the elements and renders it nearly waterproof. Due to its density, grooming takes a bit longer than average. However, a weekly brushing is sufficient to keep its coat in good condition.