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This French feline is large and muscular, and often appear as if they are smiling. They are highly favored by farmers because of their great hunting skills. Legend has it that the Chartreux cats are descendants of feral mountain cats from Syria brought to France by crusaders. The Chartreaux are very quiet, yet observant and intelligent and can even be taught to fetch items. Some are actually mute. They are non-aggressive and affectionate to the point of following their favored person everywhere they go. The blue Chartreux happens to be the mascot of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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