Cat breeds
General Description

The York Chocolate (or simply York) is an uncommon and relatively recent American breed of show cat, with a long, fluffy coat and a tapered tail and most of them are mostly or entirely chocolate-brown. The breed was named after New York state, where it was established in 1983. This breed was created by color-selecting domestic long-haired cats of mixed ancestry. The breed is not widely recognized by cat registries.

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. 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. 

The breed is recognized, under the shorter name York, by the recently founded World Cat Federation based in Germany, and with some differences from previously published standards, most of which seem to be lost. The breed is not recognized by any major, long-established international cat fancier organizations, such as The International Cat Association (TICA), the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) or Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe), nor even US national groups such as the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA). In March 1990, the Cat Fanciers' Federation of the New England area of the US recognized York Chocolates as an "experimental" cat breed, and allegedly gave it championship status within the group in March 1992, but publishes no breed standard or any other information about the breed today. It was supposedly granted champion status by the Canadian Cat Association in March 1995, as well but while the CCA published a breed standard in 1995, as of March 2013, the organization no longer advertises it, and it includes outdated wording. An small breed club, the International York Chocolate Federation (IYCF) was founded in Italy, but seems to have been dormant since 2004. It claims affiliation with Feline Federation Europe (FFE), which since 2004 publishes a York Chocolate standard (missing the color information)[8] and the World Felinological Federation (WFF), a Russian group, which does not recognize this breed.


The York Chocolate Cat is considered to be a medium sized cat breed and is often described as sturdy, hearty, and well-shaped. While weighing between 10 lbs to 16 lbs the York Chocolate Cat breed might be just what you are looking for. The fur (or lack-there-of) of the York Chocolate Cat is often described as flowing, luxuriant, and smooth. This is because this York Chocolate Cat breed has a strong bloodline! Their fur (or skin) may come in colors such as rich chocolate; which can make them very unique among their peers. The York Chocolate Cat breed has a medium length tail. This is due to its origins and the genetics that were thought out when the cat was originally bred. This is another breed that has rather medium sized eyes, but this is not the most predominate feature of the York Chocolate Cat breed; because it has so many other qualities that draw one’s attention.

  • Active
  • Friendly
  • Playful
  • Independent
  • Calm
Living Conditions
Suitable for

The York Chocolate 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 and are sometimes shy.


When it comes to entering a new environment, the York Chocolate Cat does not need any time to adjust. It may want to explore the new home, but will not have any negative personality changes. Meeting new people is something that the York Chocolate Cat likes to do. It will often go out of its way to meet a new visitor. The York Chocolate Cat breed is very social and loves to interact with people. They make a great addition to any household that is wanting a feline companion! Unike the Oriental Bicolor Cat, Serrade Petit Cat, or Sokoke Cat; this cat loves to be around children. It enjoys spending its time as a playtime companion for the owner’s children. Their owners that also have dogs can expect to see it interacting well with the dogs. The York Chocolate Cat really loves dogs! The York Chocolate Cat shows more affection than other cat breeds. It enjoys showing love to its owners. This cat breed loves to play so much that it will often wake its owner up, at the start of each day, for playtime. The York Chocolate Cat is a high energy cat breed that loves to run around and have fun. Not many cats are as smart as this one. The York Chocolate Cat is one of the most intelligent cats in the world.

Contributor: Ester