Sunday 26 October 2008

York cat

What is the York cat? Why is it called the York cat? And are there any pictures of this recognized cat breed?

Yes, lots of questions but I am surprised that as a cat breed recognized by the World Cat Federation the only form of description that I can find is the breed standard and Sarah Hartwell's.

Anyway, I shouldn't whinge. This is an experimental cat breed so is yet to receive full recognition. The breed seems to be distinguished by the fact that it has been developed from domestic medium/long haired cats without a pedigree and the colors allowed are very restricted to chocolate and lilac solids or these colors with white (see cat coats solid and white for a general discussion on this).

The York cat is a medium/large cat. The head is a little small in proportion to the body. I think the Bengal cat has the same appearance in relation to head size. This cat has large ears and eyes medium in size and oval in shape. The coat is medium in length, glossy and silky with the usual undercoat. There should be no evidence of tabby markings except for ghost markings in kittens younger than 10 months old.

I have no idea why the cat is called the York cat. Sometimes the place of origin is a factor in naming such as the Russian Blue, Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest Cat, Devon Rex etc. If that is the case York is in England and it is ancient town founded in AD 71 by the Romans. My guess is the breed is named after the town in England or being a chocolate cat the breed may be named after the Yorkie chocolate bar! This is a well known chocolate bar in the UK that is manufactured by NestlĂ©®.


  1. Actually, here's some more info. The breeds actual name is a Chocolate York. Named for being first bred in New York in the 1960s and being a dark chocolate colour. They are affectionate and often follow their owners around.

  2. Why don't you update the York Chocolate information?

  3. Hi, sorry, I will update it today. In fact I think I will do a fresh page on my main site:

    Thanks a lot for assisting. I have been slow because I am busy!


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