York Chocolate cat on the floor.

York Chocolate Cat Breed

This sweet and loving cat makes an excellent hunter outdoors—quick and sure, it enjoys the chase and hunt.

The founding female of the York Chocolate breed came from New York State and was a dark chocolate brown, hence the breed’s name. When kittens born to this cat had the same rich coloring, their owner developed an enthusiasm for continuing the line.

Although still comparatively rare, the York Chocolate has attracted much attention at cat shows in North America. The breed includes bicolors with patches of chocolate or lavender.

It is a gentle lap cat with an affectionate temperament and loves to be petted. In the home this soft-voiced breed will quietly make its presence felt by following its owner everywhere and joining in with anything that is going on.

The kitten that gave rise to this breed was produced by two mixed breed cats, one of which carried a latent Siamese gene.

Origin: US, 1980s

Breed registries: Other

Weight range: 6–11lb (2.5–5kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: Solid color: chocolate, lavender; bicolor: chocolate and white, lavender and white.