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In the world of cats and their coats, the colour 'blue' refers to a cat with a grey coat. Grey cats usually lure people in with their beautiful coat which brings out their brightly coloured eyes.
Here are our top 5 grey cat breeds:
Grey cat #1: the Chartreux
Originally from France, the Chartreux is a calm and sociable cat.
Some people say that the Chartreux was bred by monks in the order’s head monastery, Grande Chartreuse near Grenoble, in France. They say that the blue cats were brought to the monastery by crusading knights, who had found them on the coast of Africa. The cats were then trained to have quiet voices so they wouldn't disturb meditation time. However, this story has not been proven.
The Chartreux is one of the oldest cat breeds in Europe and was first heard of in the 16th century. A colony of cats was discovered in the 1920s by the Leger sisters on a Britanny island, just off the coast of France. The sisters began expanding the breed and exhibited the first Chartreux in France in 1931.
However, the breed was on the point of disappearing after the Second World War. But they reappeared thanks to mixing the breed with British Shorthairs, Russian blues and Persians.
The Chartreux's coat is dense and water-repellent. It can vary from light blue-grey to dark blue-grey, with silvery-colored tips. Their most distinctive feature is their deep orange eyes. They have full cheeks and an upturned mouth that shows a sweet, smiling expression.
Chartreux cats are born hunters and are great at getting rid of mice. They are good-tempered, loyal, quiet, and good with children, and will rather move away than scratch if they don't like the way they are being handled.