by Cindy Meyer
(Int’l Falls, MN)
I foster many cats and kittens for my local Humane society and one of the funnest things to do is try and figure out what type of cat it is. I have a cat in that I call Angel Boy who is up for adoption.
He lays in your lap and rolls over like a dog for a belly rub. He also loves to curl around the neck and keep it warm.
He is the most adorable cat. He has the most black silky coat with silver undertones and I am suspecting he is York Choc or a mix of this breed. Can you tell me if I am correct?
Hi Cindy.... Thanks for visiting. Angel Boy is clearly an angel of a cat.
I don't think anyone can say for sure whether Angel Boy is a York Chocolate mix or pure. But you might have read that the York Chocolate breed started from mixed breed (random bred) cats.
That said it is likely that the genes that produce the purebred York Chocolates are in many random bred cats.
In which case Angel Boy might well be a York Chocolate mix (or indeed pure for that matter). That is the way I see it.
A visitor explained why there are so many mixed breed Turkish Angoras: Why Turkish Angoras pop up in the non-purebred population of cats. The underlying principles are the same it would seem (if you can grasp the genetics - I have difficulty with genetics!).
The breeder of a York Chocolate is simply fixing the genes for the breed and reproducing them to a degree of accuracy over generations to create a pedigree, which does not mean that York Chocs are not elsewhere at least mixed gene cats.
There is a cat near me that has all the characteristics of this cat breed for example