Chartreux History history
The Chartreux has a long history. There are records of the Chartreux from as early as the 1300s but they are best known from the 1500s when crusaders brought them to the La Grand Chartreux monastery in the French Alps â" this may be the origin of their name. It is also theorized that the cat received its name from the soft fine wool called pile de Chartreux.
In spite of its long history, the Chartreux was almost completely wiped out after the World Wars. It wasn't until the one important colony was found on Belle Ile, that breeders began to again take seriously the prosperity of the breed. Thanks to the United States and France's excellent breeding program, the populations of the Chartreux cat are steadily increasing. They are still quite rare and thus a bit expensive but they are regaining popularity.