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Havana Brown

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my cat's eyes are copper colored  Gary Butler

Havana Brown cats are very chic, dressed in a rich chocolate brown mink-like fur and green eyes!

The Havana Brown is a particularly elegant looking cat with a uniformly chestnut brown coat. It has rich, lush fur that is medium in length, glossy and smooth. Except for its green eyes, this breed is all brown from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail. Even its whiskers and nose are brown. The coat requires little maintenance, only a weekly brushing and then shining it with a piece of flannel or a soft glove to bring out its luster.

Havana Brown Cats are lively, active and playful. They are curious, and even mischievous, but not overly destructive cats. Like their Siamese counterpart, these agreeable cats are affectionate, gentle, and highly intelligent. They carrying themselves with certainty and poise and are adaptable to a variety of situations. These cats are extroverted and enjoy being around people, but yet they are faithful to their keeper and will often become attached to one person.

The Havana loves being inside, and is therefore a good apartment cat. They have been described as being both reservedly affectionate and exceptionally sweet. This may be a product of their tendency to become attached to one person. The Havana's voice is medium in volume and pitch, but unlike the Siamese they are much quieter.

The Havana is a hybrid breed cat that originated in Britain. it is a fairly rare breed there, and is even rarer in the United States. This cat breed, with the Siamese Cat prominent in its development, has similar traits found in that breed. Its overall build is moderate. This breed has a body that is medium in length and muscular, a medium length to the legs, and a medium long tail. Although it has a solid build, it is not stocky. The British Havana Brown has a stronger Siamese element than the American breed. So the head of those cats are more triangular with a straight nose while American bred Havana has a rounder face and shorter nose. But both groups have large ears and oval-shaped green eyes.

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Felidae
  • Genus: Felis
  • Species: domesticus

Background The first recognized Havana Brown, Elmtower Bronze Idol, was born October 24, 1952 in England, though other Self-brown (solid brown) cats had been recorded in the past, including the Swiss Mountain Cat and the Brown Cat. Interestingly, Elmtower Bronze Idol was the product of a natural breed cat, a Seal Point Siamese male named Tombee and a black shorthaired female (half Seal Point Siamese and half Black Persian) named Susannah. Further mating with Tombee and Susannah resulted in a female Havana Brown named Elmtower Brown Study. Though the breeder, Mrs. Munro-Smith had intended to create a Color-point Persian, she had stumbled across an interesting new breed - the Havana Brown.

The Havana Brown was first shown in Britain in 1953 and achieved championship status in 1958. The breed was imported to America in 1956 and was recognized as an official breed in 1959. The British Havana Brown has a stronger Siamese element than the American breed. It is believed that Russian Blue may have been introduced into the line if the Havana Brown.

Two theories exist to why the Havana Brown was given its name. It is believed that this breed was either named after the "Havana Brown" color of Cuban cigars, since the cat's coat resembles the color of the tobacco in those cigars, or that it was named after the Havana Rabbit, which has the same colored coat.

While this name accurately describes the breed's coat color, it led to some confusion concerning its origins. In the late 1950's, a committee decided to rename the breed "Chestnut Brown Foreign Shorthair" since the breed originated in England, and not Cuba. However, due to popular demand, the original name was reinstated in the 1970's. Common names for this cat breed include Havana Brown, Havana, Chestnut Brown Foreign, Chestnut Brown Oriental, Chestnut Brown Foreign Shorthair, Berkshire Brown, Reading Brown, and Oriental Chocolate Cat.

Description The defining feature of the Havana Brown, as signified by its name, is of course its uniformly brown coat. Even the nose and whiskers are brown. All shades of chestnut brown are acceptable. The coat is medium in length, glossy, and smooth.

The body is medium in length and muscular, but not stocky. The legs are medium in length and the tail is medium long. In Britain, the Havana Brown has a more Siamese appearance than in the United States. In Britain, the head is triangle-shaped and the nose is long and straight. In the United States, the head is rounder in shape and the nose is shorter. In both countries, the ears are large and the eyes are oval-shaped and green. This breed weighs 6-10 pounds and lives to be approximately 9-15 years old.

Care and Feeding The Havana Brown is a hearty breed that has no special dietary needs. Unlike some breeds, the Havana Brown is able to digest milk.

Housing Your Cat The Havana is an active cat that should be provided with toys and a scratching post indoors. However, it enjoys being inside and can live happily in an apartment. It can benefit from time outside as well, with some time to romp around and play. This breed is known to enjoy jumping in snow.

Maintenance The Havana Brown Cats require little grooming. It simply needs a weekly brushing and then shining its fur with a flannel or glove in order to maintain its glossy appearance are advised.

Social Behaviors This breed is not a highly social breed. It is a loving cat, but attaches itself to one person. It is a faithful, affectionate pet.

Activities The Havana Brown is naturally active and lively. It enjoys playing with its owner, but requires no special exercise program. When keeping it indoors, provide it with a variety of toys and a scratching post.

Breeding/Reproduction Female Havana Browns are excellent mothers. Litters, on average consist of five kittens. The kittens open their eyes as early as the third day after birth.

Common Health Problems This is a naturally healthy breed. The Havana Brown is even known for having a natural immunity to upper respiratory infections.

Availability Due to its scarce nature, the Havana Brown is an expensive cat breed. However, breeders can be found for this breed.

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Author: Ruth Bratcher
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Gary Butler - 2014-10-09
my cat's eyes are copper colored

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Mollie - 2013-04-18
I adopted a 2 year old cat from rspca 8 weeks ago,he is very vocal he hates being left alone he doesn't like staying outside for long he only stopes crying if you let him sleep on bed with you he is black ,but also looks quite brown especially under his legs & underside .the rspca couldn't tell us much about him as he had been abandoned but they said they thought he looked oriental ,his head looks simular to a siemese he has quite thin legs compaired to other cats we've had his tail is also thin & has a kink to it ,he also has long sharp claws ,as soon as you sit down he edges his way onto your lap if you are reading he sits on paper ,I am concerned if he is an oriental cat does he need looking after any different from other cats ,as my others have all been independent & loved going out doors.

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betsy - 2012-09-04
I stumbled on a havana brown by accident. My white kitty passed on with carcenoma cancer. After a few months my daughter said she wanted to get me a cat for Christmas, I agreed. We went to the shelter and I fell in love with the noisiest cat there. He is black, but when you fluff his fur back it is deep chocolate. He has every trait of a Havana Brown, including his non socialness. He loves to have his belly rubbed and nudges my hand there for it. He jumps higher than any other cat I have known in my lifetime and that is quite a few. I have always had a cat. He is a bit of a scaredy cat though, he jumps at sudden movement. but he loves to play, He will carry his ball upstairs then toss it down and fetch it and do it again. He is the funniest little clown, and I cannot imagine my life without him now. Oh and for the record he was only noisy at the shelter, here he is very quiet only crying if his water of food dish is empty.. The shelter called him Mr.Ed (after the horse) we call him Lucky..

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Mary Peck - 2009-08-12
I have an "accidental" brown kitten - in extremely poor condition when he strolled into my back yard, having made a tunnel under the fence. His eyes were horribly infected and he was very malnourished. He weighed a pound and a half and he lost weight to 11 ounces at first. Both situations have changed dramatically. I can only think he is the product of a feral black female cat and a large Siamese chocolate-point cat who roams the neighborhood. He is not registered but he is a beautiful, beautiful animal. I feel fortunate that he sought me out. He needed help and as the veterinarian said, he knew where to go to get it. One other of the kittens was fortunate enough to find a home down the street but I think someone found the rest of the litter dead. I can barely stand to think about it.

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tracy wykoff - 2010-04-11
I would really like to adopt a havanna brown. My dad saw them on a cat breed show and fell in love with them. He really wants one. We have a calico and a main coon. Both are not registered. We have all our pets spade or neutered. We do not want to breed. If anyone has a kitten or young cat female preferred I am willing to pay for shipping it doesn't even have to be a pure breed. We will not show or breed. It is for a family pet. My mom is disabled with fibromialgia and my dad is retiring this fall. They love cats and will have alot of time to spoil them! dtcma@msn.com or dtmwykoff@gmail.com thanks

  • john abreu - 2010-11-20
    I have a beautiful male havana brown which I am looking to place in a good home. I acquired him 1 month ago but my other male burmese cat is very unaccepting of him.
  • Dan Haase - 2011-01-24
    I am very interested in your cat. Please call me as soon as possible.
    Dan 757-495-0414
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