York Chocolate

The beautiful York Chocolate, or York, as it is often called, is a rare and relatively new American cat breed with a lengthy, soft coat and a tapering tail. Most of these cats are chocolate-brown in color. The breed was called after the state of New York, where it was founded in 1983. Breeders used various domestic cats with long hair and mixed origin. They carefully bred them based on their color with the goal of developing this breed. All cat registries do not recognize the breed as a distinct breed. Here's everything you need to know about the cute York Chocolate cat breed.

York Chocolate



York Chocolate


12 - 18 lb

York Chocolate


New York, USA

York Chocolate

Life Expectancy:

13 - 15 years

Breed History

In 1983, a female farm cat named Blacky mated with a long-haired black male named Smokey and accidentally created the York Chocolate breed. Because of their Siamese background, one of the kittens in that litter was brown, and she was named Brownie. The farm owner, Janet Chiefari, took notice of this special kitten, who possessed both charm and good looks.

Brownie had a litter of kittens the following summer. One of her kittens was a semi-longhaired black male with a deep brown undercoat, which was rather unusual. The unusual kitten was named Minky.

Brownie mated with Minky a year later, and they had a solid brown kitten named Teddy Bear. They also had Cocoa, a brown-and-white female.

Chiefari began breeding the cats and disseminating information about them, and in 1990, the experimental breed was accepted. It had CFF Championship status by 1995, as well as Canadian Cat Association Championship status.

Cat Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Amount of Shedding
Social Needs
Affection Level
Kid Friendly
Pet Friendly
General Health

This is a giant cat breed with firm muscles and sturdy bones, similar to other traditional farm cats. The York Chocolate has stunning almond-shaped eyes that might be golden, hazel, or green in color. These cats are stunning and have amazing physical characteristics. Still, most of us are drawn to them because of their beautiful coat.


This breed's semi-long, lustrous coat distinguishes it from other farm cats. It is light, silky, and resistant to matting. The undercoat is also very velvety, and the hair on the chest, neck, and upper legs is thicker. The tail is puffy and full, and the paws have tufting between the toes. Within the ears, there is also some feathering.


The first thing to remember is that kittens are much lighter than adult cats, and they may have some barring and tipping. This breed comes in solid chocolate, solid lavender, bicolor chocolate and white, and bicolor lavender and white.

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The York Chocolate is a big cat breed. These cats can weigh between 12 and 18 pounds, which is huge for this species. This breed's male cats are often larger than the females.


York Chocolate cats have a calm demeanor and are friendly, clever, curious, and lively. They are also devoted to you and will happily accompany you and follow you across your home. They can be bashful at times, but they are also very gregarious. Unlike other cats, the York Chocolate has a particular fascination with water.

These cats are known for being friendly, but they also love showing affection and will gladly grab a spot in your warm lap. They seek attention and spend as much time as possible with their owners. In fact, these felines will meet you when you return home and purr happily to connect with you.

Other pets and children will get along swimmingly with the York Chocolate. You should actively spend time with them rather than leaving the cat alone to play with their toys. These cats love a lot of playtime that includes interaction with the humans they love most or other pets from the same household. The York Chocolate has a powerful hunting instinct and responds best to moving toys and interactive play.


York Chocolate is generally thought to be very healthy. It isn't known to have as many ailments or illnesses as other breeds. Owners who worry about long-term vet bills should choose this breed. The following are the two key concerns:

  • Obesity - Cats that live indoors and generally don't have an active life are prone to obesity.
  • Periodontal disease - Periodontal diseases can affect any cat or cat breed. Proper dental hygiene will make sure your York is safe from these issues.

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Updated at21.04.2022.