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York Chocolate Cat - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA
Colors: Solid chocolate, solid lavender, chocolate and white, lavender and white
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Occasional
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Moderately docile

Physical characteristics

The York Chocolate Cat is a medium to large cat with a muscular (but not massive) body structure. The head is a rounded wedge, the muzzle is moderately long. The large pointed ears tilt forward. The eyes are almond-shaped and can be green, gold, or hazel. The long fluffy tail is tapering towards the tip. The feet are well-tufted. Overall, the physical characteristics are very similar to traditional Siamese cats as the breed has Siamese heritage.


York Chocolate cats are known to be true lap cats with a sweet temperament. They love to be cuddled and petted. Their curious nature makes them follow you all the time and participate in almost everything you do, even if it's related to water: unlike many other cats, York Chocolates love it. They are intelligent, energetic, and usually get along well with children and other pets. Excellent hunters. A good choice for those who do not want a hyper-active cat like the Abyssinian or Bengal, but want as lively and smart companion.

Coat and grooming

The coat is long, silky, close-lying, and unusually soft to the touch. The thin undercoat doesn't generally mat or tangle, so occasional grooming should be fine. The plumed tail is one of the features of the breed. Also, sometimes York Chocolate cats have a little neck ruff.
The possible colours and patterns are solid chocolate, solid lavender, chocolate and white, lavender and white.


There have not been discovered any breed-specific health problems yet. York Chocolate cats are naturally robust.

Other interesting facts

Originated in New York in 1983, the breed is relatively new; it is difficult to find, and still isn't widely recognized by breeders. York Chocolate cats were bred to have domestic longhair cats of a specific colour.