York Chocolate


United States


8"- 10"

Adult Weight

10-16 pounds

Life Span

13-15 years


Friendly, athletic, devoted, charming


York cat


Large long-haired


$600 - $1000

Personality and Temperament

The York Chocolate breed is known for its affectionate and friendly nature. They are typically sociable and enjoy being around people, often forming strong bonds with their owners. York Chocolates are known to be intelligent and curious, displaying a playful demeanor. They may also have a gentle and laid-back temperament, making them well-suited for households with children or other pets. Overall, they make loving and devoted companions.


The York Chocolate cats did not have any special nutritional needs, however like most other cats, it’s likely that members of the breed thrived on high-quality food that incorporated real meat or fish as the main ingredient.
Thanks to their long, plush coats, York Chocolate cats needed routine grooming to prevent mats from forming.
Described as playful and energetic, it’s more than likely that the York Chocolate cat enjoyed all the same activities that most other cats do, including climbing to the very top of its favorite cat condo, stretching on a scratching post, chasing laser beams, and hopping up into a window seat for a comfortable view of the great outdoors.
As these kitties were of mixed heritage, it’s quite likely that they enjoyed good health overall, probably with a tendency to exhibit some common health issues that we see in most domestic breeds today. Obesity and periodontal disease are two of the most prevalent, along with communicable diseases that can be prevented with routine vaccinations.


Affection Level 100%
Activity Level 100%
Pet-Friendly 100%
Kid-Friendly 80%
Sociability 80%
Intelligence 100%
Playfulness 100%
Independence 60%
Vocality 100%
Grooming 60%


The York Chocolate cat enjoyed a short burst of popularity. Developed in 1983 by a breeder named Janet Chiefari, the first York chocolate cat came from a litter that was sired by a black long-haired cat. The mother was a black and white cat, also with a long coat. At least one of these cats had Siamese ancestry, which contributed to brown coloring in a single member of the litter, a female kitten that was aptly named Brownie. When Brownie reached maturity, she was bred with a black long-haired male. This pairing resulted in a litter of just two kittens including a chocolate mail and a female with a white and chocolate coat. In March 1990, the Cat Fanciers’ Federation of the New England region granted the York Chocolate cat experimental status, which was ultimately expanded to championship status in 1992. A few other breed clubs and small registries accepted York Chocolate cats as well, however no registered individuals are known to exist, and the breed is officially considered to be extinct. It is completely possible that cats with similar DNA, personalities, and appearances exist; the label “extinct” applies due to the disappearance of registered York Chocolate cats.

The Breed Standard





Legs & Paws




Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a York Chocolate cat cost?

    How much does a York Chocolate cat cost?York Chocolate cats cost between $600 - $1000.
  • How big do York Chocolate cats get?

    How big do York Chocolate cats get?York Chocolate cats tend to be large in size. A fully grown York Chocolate cat might weigh between 10-16 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8"- 10" inches tall.
  • How long do York Chocolate cats live?

    How long do York Chocolate cats live?The Average lifespan for York Chocolate is 13-15 years.
  • Do York Chocolate cats shed?

    Do York Chocolate cats shed?York Chocolate are long-haired cats, so you do have to expect a certain amount of shedding from this breed, but they don't shed as much as other cat breeds.
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