The ideal York Chocolate is a strikingly rich chocolate brown or lustrous lavender with a coat that has a glossy sheen and flows over body lines accentuating graceful, flexible body movement.

Body: Medium to large; oblong, lengthy type with smooth flowing body lines; chest full and rounded; sturdy boning, musculature firm; rump slightly higher than shoulders.

Head: Medium size in proportion to body; longer than wide; modified wedge shape; muzzle moderately rounded; nose has slight dip; slight whisker break; chin gently contoured.            

 Ears: Large, pointed, tufted, tilting forward; broad at base; set well apart.

Eyes: Medium size; almond-shaped; slanted slightly toward nose; at least one eye length apart. Color gold, green, or hazel.

Legs and Paws: Legs medium to long and well muscled; hind legs slightly longer than forelegs; large, round, slightly tufted paws.                      

Tail: Medium to long, length comparable to length of body; wide at base tapering to rounded end. 

Coat: Medium-long, smooth and glossy, following body lines; texture soft and silky to the roots; no wooly undercoat; hair shorter on face, belly, and lower legs, longer on back, sides, and upper legs; slight frontal ruff; ears and toes tufted; tail plume.  

Color: Solid chocolate, chocolate and white particolor, solid lavender, and lavender and white particolor. Particolor displacement is the white only  on the muzzle,  noise, belly, legs and paws. Presence of white on the tail, back, nape of the neck, ears, forehead is not accepted.