Portrait of York chocolate cat with black dog on bed
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York Chocolate

The York Chocolate cat breed developed when a black-and-white-spotted farm cat mated with a long-haired, black feline and produced a brown kitten. These felines are known for being social, affectionate, and playful.

You can find these cats in shelters and rescues, so remember to always adopt! Don’t shop if you’re looking to add a York Chocolate to your home!

York Chocolates will fit perfectly in a busy household that already has kids or other cats living in it. Due to the breed’s farm heritage, these cats are excellent hunters–whether they set their sights on actual vermin or cat toys. They will often follow their humans around from room to room, and many of them also seem very obsessed with water!

See all York Chocolate cat breed characteristics below!

York Chocolate Cat Breed Picture

Portrait of York chocolate cat with black dog on bed
(Picture Credit: Michael Kulcsar / EyeEm/Getty Images)

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The story of the York Chocolate begins in 1983 when a black-and-white feline and an all-black farm cat mated and managed to produce a litter that included a brown kitten. The owner of the farm, Janet Chiefari, named the kitten Brownie. Eventually, Chiefari began breeding these fluffy-looking, chocolate brown kitties with long-haired coats.

The York Chocolate was officially granted championship status by the Cat Fanciers’ Federation in 1995.

These days, you can find York Chocolates in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. So make sure to consider adoption if you decide that this is the breed for you!


The York Chocolate is a large cat. As is always the case, exact size standards might vary.

Most York Chocolates weigh between ten and 18 pounds, with the females often being smaller than the males.


When you adopt a York Chocolate, be aware that this cat will always want to follow you around and be part of whatever action is going on! Some owners even say that adopting a York Chocolate is a little like living with a dog.

The breed balances a playful side with a relaxed and affectionate side: The York Chocolate is definitely a cat who benefits from having extra people and other pets around to play and socialize with, but these kitties are also very much content to snuggle up on the couch or lounge on the bed for extended nap sessions.

On a day to day basis, the York Chocolate is a social feline who really does need company; this is not the cat for anyone who’s away at work all day and leaves behind a totally empty house. You’ll also need to keep the cat’s excellent hunting instincts satisfied, so add smart, moving, and interactive toys to the living environment, and make sure to rotate them on a regular basis.


York Chocolates are generally considered to be healthy cats, but always schedule regular wellness visits with your cat’s vet.

There aren’t any breed specific health problems associated with the York Chocolate, but make sure to keep an eye out for signs that your cat might be in distress or pain.


As with all cats, it’s important to keep up your York Chocolate’s regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your cat healthy.

Beyond scheduling yearly wellness visits with your vet, make sure that you pick up a scratching post for your York Chocolate’s living environment. This can help promote healthy scratching and keep the cat’s nails in good condition, which is very important for a kitty with such strong hunting instincts like this breed.

The York Chocolate’s ears should be examined regularly for signs of dirt building up or possible infection. Talk to your vet about starting a regular teeth brushing regimen that will suit your York Chocolate. Your vet can advise you about specific brands and techniques.

Finally, the York Chocolate will definitely appreciate a cat tree to play and interact with. This will help keep the cat active and physically satisfied.

Coat Color And Grooming

The York Chocolate is usually found sporting a long-haired, chocolate brown colored coat. The coat is often a lighter shade during kittenhood.

When it comes to grooming a York Chocolate, you will want to make time to schedule brushing sessions three or four times a week. This will help keep the cat’s coat in good condition and also ward off the chances of mats forming, which is always something to watch out for with long-haired felines.

In terms of climate, most York Chocolates are fairly adaptable felines. Just remember to always make sure that there’s enough shade and fresh water available during the hotter months.

Children And Other Pets

The York Chocolate is great for families with young kids. Just make sure that early socialization takes place and boundaries are properly set on both sides. Supervise early interactions between young children and cats.

When it comes to other household pets, the York Chocolate usually fares well with most other domestic animals; although, their hunting instincts mean it might not be advisable to bring them into a house with very small pets. Always make sure to supervise early interactions between the new cat and existing pets. Sometimes these relationships are very much dependent on the individual pets’ personalities.

Ultimately, early socialization really pays off with this breed. Make sure to reward your York Chocolate for good behavior when you bring them home to your family!

Rescue Groups

It may be hard to find a breed specific rescue for York Chocolate cats because they are a somewhat uncommon breed. However, you may want to try shelters and rescues that cater to all types of cats, including York Chocolates, as well as your local shelter. Here are some nonprofit rescues you can try:

You can also try CatTime’s adoption page that lets you search for adoptable cats by breed and zip code!


Life Span
13 to 15 years
10 to 18 pounds
Country Of Origin
United States


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