Originated from a brown cat of Southeast origin which is believed to ward off evil, the Havana Brown came to England in late eighteenth century. They became a hit amongst cat lovers and were crossed because of their unique features. Their popularity took a hit in the 1920s, when Siamese Cat Club of Britain decided that only cats with blue eyes and brown coat were acceptable.
But they made a comeback in the 1950s when a group of English cat fanciers worked together and selectively crossed Siamese cat to a black cat both carrying chocolate gene to produce chestnut colored kittens. The American breeders crossed to maintain the unique head shape. This resulted in the Havana Brown being registered with CFA and accepted for championship status in 1964. However, this is a very rare breed and its genetic diversity is threatened by having a very small gene pool.
Attention seeker, demanding and naturally inquisitive, this cat is very outgoing. It comes out and meets guests, keeping its paws in their hands, meowing as introduction unlike other cats which might feel shy. Very friendly and curious, the Havana Brown are suitable for houses with pets and do not have a cat’s objection to travelling.
- Activity level: 3.5/5 (very active)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (quite intelligent)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (very curious)
- Friendliness: 3/5 (quite friendly)
- Vocal: 3/5 (quite vocal)
The Havana Brown has a rich, even brown colour. Medium of size and muscular in build, this cat gets an alert appearance due to its ears; its heads and eyes are unique to this breed. Due to its muscular body structure, this cat exudes a sense of power, combined with elegance and gracefulness.
- Fur: Colour of its short, close lying and smooth coat is accepted to be only warm brown tending towards red rather than being blackish. At early age barest hints of tabby markings could be spotted but they disappear as it ages.
- Eyes: Oval shaped eyes should be beautiful green; the greener, the better.
- Body structure: Well balanced, moderately sized, these cats have pink or rose toned paws instead of black.
- Facial features: The Havana Brown’s head shape is its distinctive feature and it should be slightly longer than wide. Large ears are forward tilted and muzzle shape is also very unique having a distinct stop.
- Weight: Weighing 6lbs to 10 lbs where male weigh more than a female.
These cats are very sturdy cats, and can be kept in excellent condition with very little care. These cats have very little shedding, and thus weekly brushing can take care of removing dead hair from the fur. Monthly bathing routine helps to keep the fur shiny and glossy, whereas polishing the fur with chamois could make it shine all the more.
The occurrence of gingivitis contributed by their Siamese ancestry is fairly high in these cats, and can be detected by your vet through an Oral Examination (OE) to detect gum swelling and bad breath. Apart from this, there are no known genetic diseases. Brushing the teeth and cleaning the ears weekly, and trimming the nails every alternate week helps to keep up the overall health of the Havana.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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