Chocolate point cat breeds are more common than you may think but finding the breed is easy, the hard part is finding the chocolate point color pattern.
You surely know the chocolate point cat breeds that I am about to list but I am sure that you will be surprised to see some breeds in this list because chocolate point color pattern is very, very rare in those breeds. It is no wonder most of these breeds won awards from TICA, CFA or any other organization you may think of.
Most people confuse chocolate point cats with seal point cats. I can even say that most of the chocolate point cats out there are actually seal point cats that are just accidentally “misrepresented”. You can not believe how many people go to competitions believing their kitties are chocolate point, only to learn at the competition area that they are actually seal points. Real chocolate point cats are RARE!
The difference between seal point and chocolate point is simple, really. Points of a seal point cat are very dark (seal) brown. It looks almost black because genetically speaking they are black cats. Chocolate point has lighter brown or milk chocolate points, generally with ivory bodies.
1 – Siamese – The Most Famous of The Chocolate Point Cat Breeds
The most famous of chocolate point cat breeds is without a doubt Siamese cat. Siamese is in the most popular cat breeds lists year after year and people don’t seem to be giving up loving and adopting Siamese cats anytime soon. These are very social, intelligent and very affectionate cats that are generally described as the “extroverts” of the cat family. They are also known with being vocal with a low-pitched and loud voice and that’s why they have the nickname “meezer”.
2 – Ragdoll
According to Cat Fanciers’ Association, in 2020 Ragdoll has been the most popular cat breed in the U.S. which is a title defending situation considering it was the most popular in 2019, too. It is one of the most popular cat breeds in Canada, too. These kitties have dog-like nature and loving, affectionate personalities so we can expect to see them in the popularity lists for many years to come.
3 – Himalayan
Himalayan cats are just blue-eyed, colorpoint Persian cats so we can also call them colorpoint Persians as they are called in Europe. Since these kitties are obtained by breeding Persian cats with Siamese cats, some cat organizations classify them as a sub-breed of Siamese cats.
4 – British Shorthair
A British Shorthair with a chocolate point color pattern is very rare! If you are one of the lucky cat parents, you are in for a treat because – on top of all the amazing qualities of a British Shorthair – they are beautiful felines that are such a joy to watch. That’s why it is the 5th most popular cat in U.S. in 2020 according to CFA. Rare or not, British Shorthair deserves to be in every list of chocolate point cat breeds.
5 – Peterbald
Peterbald is a hairless breed from Russia. As the name suggests, it is from St. Petersburg. Peterbald is a relatively new breed that is affectionate, loyal and social. They are so human-centered that they generally follow their humans around the house. Just like other hairless breeds, they need occasional baths and cold weather or exposure to direct sunlight for long periods of time are painful for these kitties.
6 – Tonkinese
Another relative of Siamese cat, Tonkinese is bred using Burmese and Siamese parents. Just like their parents Tonkinese cats are intelligent, active and vocal cats. They are generally very people-oriented and are interested in everything their humans do.
7 – Thai Cat
According to CFA “The Thai is the breed dedicated to preserving the native pointed cat of Thailand in as close to its original form as possible.” Although related to Siamese cat, Thai cat is a distinct and natural breed. However, different breeder groups gave it different names in the past such as Old-Style Siamese, Traditional Siamese, Classic Siamese; Wichien Maat (anglicized from the original Thai name meaning ‘diamond gold’).
8 – Birman Cat
Birmans are recognized by Canadian Cat Association (CCA-AFC), Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), Governing Council of Cat Fancy (GCCF) and the International Cat Association (TICA) as well as many other national cat organizations around the world. Although the exact history of the breed is unknown they are believed to originate from the ancient temples of Burma (now known as Myanmar).
9 – Scottish Fold / Scottish Straight
Scottish Folds are becoming more and more popular with each passing year although their forward bending ears are a result of a natural gene mutation that affects the cartilage throughout the body. This issue causes many health problems and it is considered highly unethical to breed cats using only folded eared cats since the results are very unhealthy kittens that live in pain for the most part of their lives. Responsible breeders use one folded and one straight eared cats as parents and the result is a litter of kittens half of which are straight eared and the other half are folded eared.
10 – Sphynx
Of course the most famous hairless cat of all times is on our list of chocolate point cat breeds. Sphynx is a social cat with a need to be close to their humans and not just for their warmth. They are affectionate kitties that want to be a part of their humans lives. They don’t like staying alone for long and if they do, they will be really very vocal about it and give you a long cat speech on why you should always be with them.