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The Havana Brown Cat

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The Havana Brown cat is a medium sized, lean and muscular cat with a short shiny chocolate brown coat. They have a dog-like personality and are very friendly and out-going.

This exquisite breed, originally from Siam, was essentially extinct, but was resurrected in the 1950’s

Centuries ago, solid brown Siamese cats were common in their native land, but the color at some point, fell out of favor and slowly disappeared.

In the 1950’s a group of breeders in England set about recreating the breed by crossing black cats with chocolate-point Siamese.

Their efforts were successful and the result was the Havana Brown, a uniquely beautiful and exceptionally friendly cat.

Havana Brown cats are solid brown from head to toe, no white, no striping, no shading. This is the only cat breed that has a required whisker color – you guessed it – brown!

In Europe the cat is referred to as a Havana Oriental, and is very exotic in body shape and skull type, they are like the Oriental shorthair, with an extreme, greyhound-like body type and Roman shaped head.  

The American example of the breed, the Havana Brown, is less Oriental with a thicker, more classically shaped body and less severe, more rounded head.

The American cat’s face in profile will have a “stop”, an indentation where the forehead meets the muzzle, which is seen in most common domestic cats, while the European cat will have a single, slightly convex line of profile from the top of the head to the tip of the nose – kind of like a “Roman nose”.

To add to the confusion, a new cat breed called the “Suffolk Chocolate” has recently been accepted by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in Great Britain.

Remarkably, with all these different looks and names, the special personality is the same.

In the United States the Havana Brown is quite a rare cat, and there are thought to be less than 800 individuals in all of North America.


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The Havana Brown cat personality is very outgoing and active. This cat is not the best choice for busy folks who aren’t home alot and if you are home alot they will make their presence known and can be a little pestering. 

They are very loving and intense cats who crave the attention of the people in their lives and resent being ignored or left alone.

The Havana Brown cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world’s largest cat organization. It is a relatively rare pure-bred or “pedigreed” domestic cat breed.

The breed is known to be dog-like in behavior, enjoying fetch, carrying toys around in the mouth and following family members from room to room.

They are active, bright, busy and vocal members of the family who might be the best cat you ever owned if you know what you are looking for. 

This can be exceptional choice for a gentle youngster who wants an interesting companion and playmate. 

They also, adorably, use their paws like hands, and will reach out and pat you on the shoulder to get your attention or gently touch your face while cuddling.

The coat is short and sleek with limited undercoat and only occasional grooming is desired.

These are slender, medium-sized cats that have few breed-related health issues.

Because it is active and craves interaction the Havana Brown is a nice family cat that does well with considerate children, forms strong bonds, and most definitely likes to be included in absolutely everything.-Havana Brown Cat Facts

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Havana Brown kittens are very active and extremely playful and curious.

This is a kitten that will need to be kept an eye on and may need to be put in check once in awhile as she gets used to her new digs.

Havana Brown kittens are usually very gangly in appearance, with enormous ears and scruffy coat.

It takes these baby kittens a good six or seven months to begin showing signs of the exotic and sleek adult they will become. 

These kittens are very smart and easily trained, but may show some resentment if not given enough attention.

Routine is the key for Havana Brown kittens, and mealtimes as well as sleeping arrangements should be established as early as possible.

If you don’t plan to sleep in the same bed with your adult Havana Brown, by all means don’t allow the kitten to sleep there. A transition might be close to impossible, and heartbreaking for everyone.

At the same time, holding your kitten all the time isn’t recommended either, unless you plan to carry your adult cat wherever you go.

Try to set aside some specific time for your kitten to play or nap on his own. A cat that is content with a little space makes a better pet in the long run.

Because this is a relatively uncommon cat, Havana Brown cat breeders are often hard to find, and a pure-bred kitten may be pricey.

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This standard is for the American Havana Brown…

Head Shape: The head should be longer than it is wide, with abroad forehead and face. The muzzle is considerably narrower than the face with a pronounced stop in profile. The chin is firm and in profile the muzzle is squared off. The ears are very large with broad base and rounded tips. The ears have very fine hair, or no hair at all, both inside and out.  The eyes are medium in size, oval shaped, and not slanted in appearance. Eye color should be green, although gold is common.

Body and Tail: Firm and muscular, and of medium length with a level back. The neck is medium in length and in proportion to the body. The legs are very long, lean and springy.  Paws are small and oval in shape. Five toes in front, four in back. Tail: Neither long nor short, but medium in length, and in proportion to the body. The tail is slender, neither whip-like nor blunt. Not too broad at base, it tapers at the end. 

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Coat: The coat is very short and smooth with exceptional sheen.

Pattern: The coat must be solid, rich brown in color. Reddish tone is acceptable. The nose, paw pads and whiskers should all be brown, or slightly reddish. Tiger or tabby shadow marks are acceptable in kittens and juveniles up to 18 months old.

Overall Appearance: This should be a hard-bodied and very lean cat with a long, body and long, slender legs. They should have a very shiny, solid brown coat with no noticeable markings and limited shading. Athletic, agile and exotic.


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  • The Havana Brown cat was developed in Britain, not Cuba – the name “Havana” comes from the unique tobacco color of the Havana Browns fur.
  • The Havana Brown show cat must have brown whiskers, and is disqualified if it doesn’t!

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