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York Chocolate

United States

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The York Chocolate Cat is a new and very rare domesticated American breed of show cat, with a long, fluffy coat and a tapered tail and most of them are chocolate. The first part of its name is taken from New York state, where it was bred in 1983. This breed was created by color-selecting domestic longhaired cats, and as the name suggests, all members of this breed are solid chocolate, solid lilac, solid taupe, chocolate and white, lilac and white or taupe and white (see bicolor cat). The breed is not yet widely recognized by breeders and the Cat Fanciers' Association.


Baby Kittie

York Chocolate kitten

The York Chocolate cat is a medium to large cat with a rounded head and a moderately long muzzle. They have large, almond-shaped eyes that are either gold or green. Their bodies are slender and mid-way between the Oriental and foreign types, with long necks. The cats have full, tapered tails, tufted feet, and sometimes ruffs. The coat is semi-longhaired and very fine. It is either solid chocolate, solid lilac, solid taupe, white and chocolate, white and lilac or white and taupe. The kittens are much lighter, and tabby markings and tipping is acceptable until the kitten reaches eighteen months of age.


The York Chocolate Cat is a very friendly, even-tempered breed that is very content as a lap cat. They love to be held and cuddled. The cats are intelligent, energetic, and curious, happily following their owner around. They are good companions and good hunters. They seem to be enamored with water.


The breed was created by Janet Chiefari in 1983. The father was a black longhaired cat and the mother was a longhaired black and white cat.[1] Their Siamese ancestors created the brown coloring in one kitten: Brownie. Brownie had a litter that subsequent summer with a black longhaired tom. There were two kittens in the litter: a chocolate male and a white and chocolate female. Upon noticing similarities in coat and body types, Chiefari began her own breeding program.

In March 1990, the Cat Fanciers Federation and the American Cat Fanciers Association recognized York Chocolates as an experimental cat breed. In March 1992, the breed was also given CFF Championship status. It was granted Champion status by the Canadian Cat Association in March 1995, as well.[2]


  1. York Chocolate. The Furry Creature Network. Retrieved on 2007-07-22.
  2. York Chocolate. I Love India. Retrieved on 2007-07-22.