Native Country United States Of America Other Names York Chocolate Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance The York is a medium to large cat with a
rounded head and a moderately long muzzle. They have large,
almond-shaped eyes that are either gold or green. Their bodies are
slender and mid-way between the Oriental and foreign types, with
long necks. The cats have full, tapered tails, tufted feet, and
sometimes ruffs. The coat is semi-longhaired and very fine.
Breed Description Head: Nearly round. Rounded skull.
Slightly domed forehead. Moderately long muzzle. Nose without break.
Chin in line with tip of nose. Eyes: Fairly large, well-spaced, slightly oval, lemon-shaped.
Color: gold to green. Neck: Long, thin. Body: Long, midway between Oriental and foreign types. Should
not be heavy. Fine-boned with slender muscles. Paw: Long and fine-boned with firm muscles. Small, rounded
paws. Long hairs between the toes. Tail: Long, thin,
straight, tapering to a slender tip. Well-furnished. Coat: Semilong,
fine, soft, silky hair. Very fluffy tail. May have a ruff. Color:
solid chocolate, solid lilac, and these same colors in a bicolor
version. Kittens are much lighter than adults. Tabby markings and
tipping are acceptable up to 18 months. Fault: Head too Oriental in type. Weak chin. Oriental-type
eyes. Heavy body. Disqualify: white spots or lockets.
History A brown-coated city dweller This new breed
created in the United States is named after New York City and its
brown coloring. The first York Chocolate kittens were born to
housecat parents in the 1980s on Janet Chiefari's farm in New York
state. The father was a longhaired black cat, and the mother, also
longhaired, was black and white. The old-type Siamese ancestors of
both parents contributed the chocolate gene.
Behavior These lively, energetic cats are good hunters.
Playful and affectionate, they are good companions.