My Chartreux Cat Sterling Silver Posted on May 25, 2012§§ by Michael§

by Danette Lorch (Roswell, New Mexico)

Sterling and Pip I adopted little Sterling from the Humane Society in Phoenix, AZ. He was 8 months old at the time and had just come from a foster home the day I adopted him. He had a broken leg and tail. I assume he had been hit by a car because every time he hears the sound of an engine he gets very scared! As soon as we saw each other it was an instant bond. He was the most unique cat I'd ever dealt with. He couldn't get enough attention when I took him home. I taught him how to play fetch within an hour one day. His favorite toys are rubber bands, bread ties, or anything fuzzy! He figured out how to open cabinets and drawers by himself. He also listens very well to discipline. I just have to lower my voice and speak to him and he responds. Every time he senses something is wrong with me he is always right there to comfort me. He loves going for walks outside on a leash. But his favorite activity is a long car ride. He can't get enough of the wind blowing through his fur. He is an amazing little hunter! Nothing gets past him. He does have some problems with balancing because of his kinked tail. Sterling loves everybody even if they don't like him at first. He has captured the heart of many cat haters with his sweet little smile and fun tricks. He loves a good neck or belly scratch anytime you want to give him one. One day I brought home a tiny 3 week old kitten, Pip. Sterling immediately took him

under his wing. He bathed the kitten and carried him around in his mouth and always kept a close eye on little Pip. Over a year later they are still best of friends. They also have a little sister named Daisy. Daisy came to us at 4 weeks and Sterling did the exact same thing with her. They all have a monkey see monkey do attitude. Sterling spends many hours a day grooming his long thick blueish silver coat. He got his name Sterling Silver because of the amazing shine on his paws and head. They literally shimmer like silver. In the sun the rest of his coat shines just like his paws. I don't think he is a full blood Chartreux but he posseses all the qualities of one. The only thing that separates him is his long coat. Sterling is my number one man and my best friend. He has helped me through some tough times. He truly is a blessing and I look forward to the many years and memories to come.

§ Hi Danette I love your story. I am very impressed by Sterling Silver. He is a fine, intelligent cat. And a very handsome cat. You are both lucky to have each other. Or perhaps you deserve each other. I changed the title a bit to get the story found under Chartreux Cat. I hope you are OK with that....Michael PoC Admin. From My Chartreux Cat Sterling Silver to Chartreux Cat§ Chartreux cat§ § The Chartreux is a breed of domestic cat from France and is recognised by a number of registries around the world. It is not recognised by the GCCF in the UK, ostensibly for being too similar to the British Shorthair, one of whose colours is a similar blue-grey. The Chartreux is large and muscular, with relatively short, fine-boned limbs, and very fast reflexes. They are known for their blue (grey) water-resistant short hair double coats which are often slightly nappy in texture (often showing "breaks" like a sheepskin) and orange- or copper-colored eyes. Chartreux cats are also known for their "smile": due to the structure of their heads and their tapered muzzles, they often appear to

located in the Chartreuse Mountains north of the city of Grenoble (Siegal 1997:27). many of whom entered the Carthusian monastic order. the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) advanced the Chartreux breed to championship status (Siegal 1997:27). British Shorthair Cat Posted on June 1. Legend also has it that the Chartreux's ancestors were feral mountain cats from what is now Syria. in 1971 by Helen and John Gamon of La Jolla.S. the Prior of the Grande Chartreuse denied that the monastery's archives held any records of the monks' use of any breed of cat resembling the Chartreux (Simonnet 1990:36–37). 2012§§ by Michael§ Photographs of British Shorthair cat Earl Grey © Helmi Flick . The breed was greatly diminished during the first World War and wild populations (Helgren 1997:100-103) were not seen after World War II. Q. X. Charles Baudelaire and French president Charles de Gaulle. There are fewer than two dozen active Chartreux breeders in North America as of 2007. The first letter of the official name of a Chartreux cat encodes the year of its birth. A concerted effort by European breeders kept the breed from extinction. smiling. W. But in 1972. and Z. Historically famous Chartreux owners include the French novelist Colette. The code letters rotate through the alphabet each year. the Grande Chartreuse. all Chartreux born in the same year have official names beginning with the same letter. brought back to France by returning Crusaders in the 13th century. The first Chartreux were brought to the U. Y. Chartreux are exceptional hunters and are highly prized by farmers. omitting the letters K. a Chartreux born in 2011 would have an official name starting with the letter G There is a legend that the Chartreux are descended from cats brought to France by Carthusian monks to live in the order's head monastery. In 1987. For example. The first documented mention of the breed was by the French naturalist Buffon in the 18th century.

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It could be said that the British Shorthair Cat is as natural a breed as is possible today in that all registered breeds are now subject to human intervention. The outstanding features are a quiet voice and a plush dense coat to combat the typical English weather and a semi-cobby body type. The rich and famous wanted to have a glamorous Persian cat or perhaps a Siamese cat§. although before the cat fancy started they were thought of as simply “cats”. There would seem to be a slight difference. The breed originates from the British Domestic Shorthair or British Moggie. bred British Blues3§. an enhancement of the concept of roundness and . a stupendous cat that trumps the Persian§! Click here to see visitors’ submissions§ History/Origin At the time (early 1900s) that the British Shorthair cat started to gain some ground in the early days of the cat fancy the Persian§ was king. the mutated gene making the fur curly and crinkly. SH. An example is the Selkirk Rex§. on farms and streets. The American Shorthair§ is the USA equivalent and is founded upon the Brit. Through selective breeding from the late 1800s the Moggie was transformed into a recognized breed. This is probably the most pleasurable of all purebred cats to stroke because of the feel of the coat! This breed has been described as the “teddy bear of the cat fancy”2§. The British Shorthair today looks very similar to the English cat of 110 years ago. the British Shorthair to be. See also the British Longhair Cat§. A number of cat breeds are mutated “British Shorthair cats”. The founder of the cat fancy. Helmi Flick loves ‘em too (see Sky and Nox below). The middle classes kept a Moggie. The Siamese was very rare and popular at the time and journalists reporting on cat shows would invariably end up enthusing about the rare and extraordinary Siamese cat§. the British Shorthair. This is very definitely my kind of cat. Harrison Weir. Throughout its early history this was “the working cat of Great Britain”2§. which has an extremely long history.

laughed his head off when I got the phone back and apologized. The GCCF no longer allows out crossing to Persians. the phone began ringing. Breeders obliged to make outcrosses with other breeds including Persian cats causing a divergence from true BS type. my British Shorthair. Dedicated breeders “who exported stock to Ireland and throughout the British Commonwealth”3 revived it. was lounging on the windowsill when suddenly.Camilla (Keller. Breed had almost died out. This was thefirst official cat show§ (I presume world wide) Written up in one of the first cat books First and Second World War Years – severe decline in number of this breed. This can be seen by making a comparison in the photograph below of a champion Brit SH taken at the end of the 1800s and the cats photographed by Helmi Flick on this page. who was on the phone. Bootsie is SSOOOO cute!…. and I was the one laughing my head off. Shorthair breed to USA late 1800s 1871 1889 1918-1940s 1950s 1901 c. Picture above: British SH late 1800s – see copyright§ Bootsie. Bootsie began making a strange sound.1910 . Bootsie soon made it into a habit. Selective breeding began Blue tabby won Best in Show at the Crystal Palace Cat Show.cobbiness that is so admired in the Brit SH and the refinement of its coat. he batted the telephone out of my hand and yowled into it. what we now call a Moggie in the UK until the cat was turned into a formal cat breed through deliberate and selective breeding§. First BS exported and registered in “Americas” Exportation of Brit. My friend Steve. It sounded a bit like a telephone! Then. Almost immediately after and just as suddenly. People who didn’t know I had a cat were stunned. Known as European Shothairs1. Texas USA) Timeline Date Roman times Hundreds of years before 1871 Event British moggie to be is introduced into Britain by the Romans British Shorthair (BS) existed as a “domestic cat”.

. Their stable and balanced character makes them suitable for indoor and apartment living§. Blue British Shorthair – Sky. Shorthair championship status First CFA national win for this breed (3rd Best Cat in Premiership) Recognized by all N. like all cats they are playful and alert when they want to be.American cat associations and the GCCF in the UK See some more on the history of this cat breed§ in comparison with both the American and European Shorthair cat breeds. Sky lives with Ken and Helmi Flick. which makes this popular cat suited to people who rush around a lot. It is a shame that mankind decided to create a breed called the British Shorthair and then through his activities (wars leading to outcross breeding) over the following decades consciously diverged from the standard that was previously set. Photograph copyright © Helmi Flick Appearance/Character The British Shorthair is a placid. Read a narrative version of the history of the British Shorthair§ cat. Nonetheless. easy going and calm cat.1980 1988 current CFA granted Brit.

This means you can see into the fur as it parts. solid looking cat. The Brit. This is a very popular cat breed. I am not entirely sure that this is accurate. At 11 1/2 years of age a BS received her Grand Premiership at a 1994 show. ranked 7th out of 66 cat breeds in a long running PoC poll of over 3400 visitor votes. The coat “cracks” when the body is flexed. currently at September 2010. Click the link to see comparisons ondomestic cat weights§. The British Shorthair is a sturdy. His face is rounded with sweet chubby checks and round copper colored eyes§. on TV and on cat food packaging (Whiskas and Sheba). SH is thought of as an intelligent breed of cat and has appeared in films. This means that it performs well at cat shows into what might be considered old age. I feel that there is a tendency to over do the shortness of the face in a desire to achieve the chubby cheeked “chipmunk-like appearance”2§. The British Shorthair Cat has a noticeably dense coat.They are a sturdy looking cat. The British Shorthair cats that I have seem are beautiful but of average size and strength. The head is “broad and round”. You can see clearly that Earl Grey’s body is sturdy and cobby§ (stocky). They are heavier than average I think it fair to say. This breed of cat takes about 5 years to grow to adulthood. The muzzle and nose is short but it should not be exaggerated as is the case for the Persian or Exotic Shorthair§. § Ralph copyright © Helmi Flick They continue to “thicken up” until 4 years of age and are on the heavy side being 12-18 lbs for male cats apparently (15 lbs or so would be about the top end). The coat can be in almost any color and pattern. “It is shown in all colours and all divisions of the traditional category”2§. Research (although to be honest it is not great research) indicates in fact that the British . muscular and strong it is said2§.

in line with the cat’s personality. The differences are subtle. mirrors human differences.Shorthair is in the mid range of cat breed intelligence§. Some more on the British Shorthair cat Some more pictures and the story behind one of the best cat photographs can be seen on this page plus some information on the genetics that go to make up this cat’s appearance. The Sphynx§ cat is meant to be the most intelligent under informal testing. . where the breed is experimental. The British Shorthair is a very popular show cat being as it is relatively easy to maintain in preparation for the show and the easy going character help cope with the stresses of competition. a breed that was formally recognized as a separate breed late in the day. There is a semi longhair British Shorthair cat. A search of the Internet produced nothing on the cat breed called the Britanica cat. The males are less serious than the females and less particular. This may be due to overheating when on you as their dense coats provide a high level of insulation. It is interesting that the word is spelled with one “n” normally the word is spelled “Britannica”. I think. which is a current cat breed. The EGCA have recognized the Britanica since 2002. which seems to be a little like my cat (a Moggie/Norwegian Forest Cat hybrid) in that they prefer to be near and with you rather than on you. The article focuses on the European SH. This breed is identical to the British Shorthair except for the length of fur and is known as the Lowlander in the USA. Comparison with European Shorthair and British Shorthair§ This page provides. I hope. a useful look at the differences between the British Shorthair cat. There is breed is that is called theBritanica which is recognized by a cat association called the European Group Cat Association (EGCA). The British Shorthair Cat is relatively quiet. the American SH and the European Shorthair cat. The difference in the characteristics of female and male British Shorthairs.

They would seem to have a life span slightly above the average for a purebred cat (averaging 15 years of age). This may be exacerbated by modern cat diets a lot of it being high in carbohydrates and the fact that they can be lazy sometimes. which means more input from the human keeper together with a low calorie diet (LD or RD Hills I give my cat – although she is still .Above: Photograph of Toes a tabby§ copyright © Helmi Flick Health The British Shorthair Cat is generally healthy. Apparently. they may be more prone than normal to becoming overweight when there is a combination of being neutered or spayed and if they are encouraged to lead a sedentary life style (i.e. § Ralph standing copyright © Helmi Flick The best way to deal with this is to ensure some exercise. Cat weights are increasing with human weights and is of concern to veterinarians. There is no such thing in my opinion as inactive cat food§. A low carbohydrate diet§should be considered. living in an apartment or exclusive and permanent indoor living§). It is important to keep a healthy cat weight§ obviously.

overweight). I have a page on cat health issues§ on this site. Ragdoll§. It is also known as Christmas Disease. in part. I have made several posts aboutHCM§ and the Bengal cat§. 2003). Update: Dr Clark1§ says that this breeds has a recognised medical problem: Hemophilia B. 40% of British Shorthair cats have type B blood. This is a hereditary deficiency in clotting factor IX. Cats affected by this disease may “excessively after injury or surgery but the bleeding may be delayed”. This is the destruction of red blood cells in newborn kittens due to a difference in blood type between mother and her offspring. For the human companion there are methods for dealing with this. . The CFA website does not mention HCM in relation to this breed as far as I can see. Another disorder more often found in the British Shorthair cat is neonatal erthrolysis. a rare trait3§. There is also apparently potential heart conditions associated with the British Shorthair cat (HCM Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy). The British Shorthair cat may also suffer from more than average teeth/gum problems. These kinds of problems are not necessarily specific to this breed. like all coats it ideally requires regular grooming by us. to being naturally inactive at 4-6 years (and beyond) of age. namelyMaine Coon§. Although it should be said that speaker at Tufts said the HCM is suspected to be inherited in the breeds mentioned other than the Maine Coon in which it is known to be inherited. Rex cats§ (this link goes to the Devon but see others on this site) and American Shorthairs§ (src: Tufts Oct 2-4. Although the coat is fairly low maintenance. namely gingivitis. Their tendency to become overweight is due. To this list can I believe be added the Bengal cat. The breeder also has his part to play in breeding carefully and selectively to minimize the condition. HCM is what I would consider a “problem disease” in that it pops up as an inherited disease in several purebred cats.

Nox who lives with Helmi and Ken Flick – copyright © Helmi Flick Helmi says this about her Brit. Sky is a Blue British Shorthair and Nox is a Black Brit.” See a slide show§ the likes of which you’ve never seen before. RW Earendil Sky (she is a Regional Winner) and CH Earendil Nox. What Other Visitors Have Said Japanese Bobtail . Their full names are SGCA. with large format Helmi photographs According to this websites long standing popularity poll the British Shorthair is one of the most popular ranking around 6th out of about 70 cat breeds. Both are altered. Shorthairs:”Nox and Sky are my British Shorthairs that live with us. They are 10 years old.

Click on this photograph to see one of the best cat photographs on the internet in very large format.photograph © Helmi Flick. Copyright violations are reported to Google (DMCA). This is a linked photograph. The images (where indicated) and words on this page and linked pages are protected by copyright. all photographs are strictly copyright Helmi Flick.§ Japanese Bobtail – Ninja . 1 History§ 2 Appearance/Character§ 3 Health§ 4 Breeders + Standard§ 5 Quick Guide§ 6 Click here to see visitors’ submissions§ Introduction . Please respect it.

beckoning a customer in. A current. the Welcoming Cat. above. The Japanese way to beckon is with the palm outwards and the fingers waving in. The figurine is a very stylized and kitsch representation of the Japanese Bobtail. The figurine is doing it the Eastern Way and Ninja. .Maneki Neko figurine outside a shop reproduced under creative commons © heavylift Other than the Japanese Bobtail’s impressive and interesting appearance. the overriding topic of interest in relation to this cat is the history of the breed and the myths and stories surrounding it as they are rooted in the history of the country. Sculptures and illustrations made centuries ago apparently depict the Japanese Bobtail. The Western way is the back of the hand outwards. This is the Maneki Neko (“Beckoning Cat”) figurine. the Western way. extremely common and commercialized depiction of this cat can be seen in the good luck charm. Japanese Bobtail cat with left arm raised photograph by Helmi Flick.

briefly.”Cheyanne (Lock Haven. In another story from the same period a cat’s head (yes.The history behind the Beckoning Cat is worth telling. The favorite colors of the Maneki Neko are the same as the cat (see below). Moments before being beheaded the cat had pulled at the hem of the geisha’s robe to alert her to the snake but an admirer thought the cat a “goblin cat” and beheaded her. As a reward the dignitary helped the temple. even though it does not have a tail…. just the head) saved the life of a geisha called Usugumo by biting the head of a snake nearby. There are many stories. This story is an amalgam of the two I recite on this page: Maneki Neko Cats§. There are apparently many other stories. lightning hit the tree. One concerns a 17th century cat called Tama who lived with a priest. A dignitary was visiting the temple during a rainstorm and sheltered under a tree. It was the sweetest thing I have ever saw. USA) § thumbnail photo © Helmi Flick § thumbnail photo © Helmi Flick § thumbnail photo © Helmi Flick § thumbnail photo © Helmi Flick History They are one of the oldest pedigree cats in the world. There are written accounts going . The priest wanted the cat to contribute to temple life. The raised left arm of the figurine/statue symbolizes the arm of the cat pulling at the robe. Shortly afterwards. Tama welcomed him in. {return to top§} “When i frist saw a Japanese Bobtail I fell in love. The legend was born.

) came with Buddhist monks to Japan from Manchuria and Korea to keep the .back to about 2. has good animal welfare laws§ which makes me surprised about their whaling exploits. with a preference for the bicolor and tricolor coat. The calico§ (tricolor) is called mi-ke. The term is tortoiseshell-and-white in the UK. This is confusing. incidentally. the short tail of both breeds is due to the natural mutation§ of a recessive gene§. I speculate that the Japanese Bobtail of today does not come from Asia but from America. It could be visa-versa. white. There is a possibility that there is a link between this cat and the Kurilian Bobtail. Here’s a potted history in table form.000 years apparently1§. Russia is nearby. Let’s say it really is next to the Egyptian Mau§ in terms of the length of its domestication. Some believe that the Japanese Bobtail originates from the Kurilian Bobtail§. though. However. In 1701 a writer (travel writer perhaps) said that the Japanese only keep one type of cat. have different appearances. See Kiku below for a calico coated cat. These breeds do. {return to top§} Date 600-700 AD Event Believed that the original domestic cats (the precursor to the Jap. Other sources say that it originates in 5th century BC. This would have enhanced the natural development of the Japanese Bobtail2§. The Kurilian Bobtail is thought to have evolved on the Kuril Islands. It is said that cats in Japan with normal length tails might have been persecuted while cats with the bob tail were not. Japan. On this page§. Bob. meaning “three-fur” (meaning three colors of fur. Often the exact nature of a cat’s origins are a little hazy. They had a privileged place in Japanese society. black and orange). The term calico is used in the USA. It is said that this cat was imported into Japan from China and/or Korea about one thousand years ago. the Japanese Bobtail. These islands are off the north coast of Japan’s Hokkaido island. The restricted gene pool in Japan ensured that the recessive gene that produces the bobbed tail become more visible in the cat population.

In Japan Japanese Bobtails still wander the streets (see 1602 above). came from Korea or China. not care for cats making them feral). a feral cat in Egypt.rats from destroying the rice paper scrolls1§. Championship (Full) status granted by the CFA. Championship status granted to Longhaired Japanese Bobtail by CFA. American soldiers bring back Japanese Bobtails from Japan1§. in general. 1000 1602 Allegedly documentary evidence that Japanese cats.e. Read about the history of the Japanese Domestic cat§ (new window) 1702 c.1945 1968 1971 1976 1993 Current . cat owners ordered to release cats (i. Breed imported into USA by Elizabeth Freret1§. Due to rodents damaging silk worms affecting the silk trade (silk comes from the cocoon of the silk worm). Written record by travel writer of the presence of this breed being cared for in Japan. Provisional Status granted by CFA. This mirrors the Egyptian Mau§. This led to this breed becoming street cats.

This breed is also said to be very people orientated.they go with the flow. blues etc. Cats with lots of white sometimes have heterochromia (odd eye color§). dogs and children in the household. coming soon is a discussion on the breed standard in which I discuss appearance in relation to the standard. calico (Kiku above) and bicolor black and white (Ninja.” 1§ They are active and high energy cats. the header photograph). As to the appearance it is so well illustrated in Helmi’s fine photographs I won’t use too many words to describe this cat. “. Also. The Japanese Bobtail is lighter framed and it could be . Appearance/Character Japanese Bobtails are “happy active cats that involve themselves in all aspects of the home“…1§ The Japanese Bobtail is very playful and (subject to good socialization) get along with other cats.). tabbies and dilute colors (creams. A cat tree is also recommended as they are jumpers but not “couch potatoes”. Toys§ are going to de rigeur then. Popular colors are those illustrated in Helmi’s photographs. One eye will be blue (silver) and the other yellow (gold). The gene prevents eye pigmentation reaching one eye as well as affecting coat pigment migration. particularly the Manx and the Kurilian Bobtail. This may be a consequence of the exceptionally long period of domestication (from the 5th century AD§). Update: Please see Japanese BobtailBreed Standard§. This is due to the white spotting gene (Piebald gene§) that produces the bicolor and calico coat.. You can also find this breed in solid colors.. The pattern is a Van pattern. Perhaps it is useful to compare this cat with the other bobtailed cats.§ Japanese Bobtail – Kiku – © Helmi Flick – click on this linked image for a superb large format image.

For the longer haired cats the pom-pom is even more pronounced. The shortened tail occurs naturally and it should not be longer than 3 inches for a show cat (per breed standard).said more elegant than the stocky Kurilian and Manx§. You can see that Kiku’s tail has typically fluffed up like a pom-pom on top of a hat. Photograph of Joudama © Helmi Flick (my words ) The tail bones are either fused together or there are one or two mobile joints. The tails “don’t necessarily have the same number of vertebrae“1§. The Japanese Bobtail is active. Each tail in unique and like a cat’s version of our finger print. You should schedule in some play time and ensure she has some companionship either human or cat or both. They have stable characters making them good with children and other pets including dogs. energetic and affectionate. {return to top§} Health . The tail is rigid. Apparently it is thought by some people that the tail has the same number of vertebrae as a “normal” tail.

Grooming requirements are low both for longhaired and shorthaired Japanese Bobtails. this may not be the complete picture. It is the undercoat that catches combs. I don’t think you should use the term “Jap”. please allow me to humbly say. This is because the mutant gene is. This is because there is no undercoat. However. as in Jap Bob. My daughter and I .2011. Japanese Bobtail breeders say that this cat does not have the same issues of potential ill-heath due to the tailless gene that are encountered with the Manx. If the breeder is in the first three pages of a Google search it indicates that they are established and organized – a fair test but only an indicator – please ask questions and visit the cattery. He also had … Bobtails in Japan§ Firstly. These are the only two catteries with their own website in the first three pages as at 2008 – things change. California. It really is equivalent to “nigger”.A short note about health. Virginia. Janipurr Japanese Bobtails [link§] Located in the San Francisco Bay area. If I wrote about … Sweet Ivy helps us through our grief§ Ivy is now about 4 years old. The gene may cause the spine to become shortened. For me the jury is out on health issues. The long haired cats have semi-long hair. Cat-Chi Cats§ Located in the Washington DC area. it seems. The very next day this black and white cat showed up in our front yard. USA. There are no health issues. another bobtailed cat. it seems with this breed. USA. different and recessive. {return to top§} Breeders 2008: I will stick to my simple test. Read about Manx cat health issues on the Manx cat page§. that are linked to the mutated gene. TICA breed standard§ Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page… Max the dog(cat)§ Our black and white Old English Sheepdog died Oct 30. This also precludes matting.

rescued her through a Siamese Group from an over crowded City Animal Shelter. but … . I don’t know what the price of one of these cats usually runs at.… Maneki Neko Cats§ I have not been to Japan but my girlfriend has so she is familiar with the Maneki Neko cats. Ivy loves to ride on … My Japanese Bobtail Story!§ My wife and I went to the local animal shelter because my wife wanted to get a kitten. There was only one kitten there that was eligible to be adopted. which can be seen in the form of little ceramic statues in … My Cat Stubs§ I have a male Japanese Bobtail named Stubs (though I call him Bubbles or Bub Bub).

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