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Havana Brown

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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... (more)  Mollie

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.


Author: Ruth Bratcher
Lastest Animal Stories on Havana Brown Cat

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.

Zara - 2008-12-08
We have a 12 year old Chocolate Havana Oriental Male Cat. It wasn't until recently that I was informed, by a vet, that this breed of cat of the male gender is quite rare as they tend to be female. He is a delightful cat. He's not that vocal but when he is his voice sounds more like a wolf's howl than a normal cat meow. He's extremely tolerant of our children's overwhelming affection. He loves being outside and tries to get outside particularly at night time. He has very strong dog characteristics often been seen taking walks with us, without a lead, always walking ahead to check that the coast is clear before returning to us briefly only to repeat this routine many times over. He loves his food and until you pick him up doesn't look as though he'd be that heavy, but most of his weight is in muscle. I would recommend this breed as ideal for a house pet and particularly if you have children, they love attention.

Kat - 2010-07-31
We just rescued a little baby kitten(whom we named Lucy, after the Beatles song) from a person I know that was neglecting and abusive toward her. When my husband brought her in. Wrapped in his shirt. She was covered in her own excrement and both eyes were pussing and matted shut. Her mouth covered with dried old food and a gross slimy film on her little feet. I immediately bathed her while crying and got her eyes open and all the horrible neglect off of her little face and feet. She was skin and bones. I still cant understand how someone could do this to such a helpless life. She is a beautiful kitten. Affectionate, playful, not really affected by the neglect. She sleeps on both my husband and my chest all the time. At least 5 weeks old at the moment. I had to help keep her eye from getting further infected and since we got her almost 4 days ago she has thankfully gained weight and seems very happy with us. She was so hungry when we got her she tried to bite my finger off. She took the bottle at first with the Vitamin formula for kittens and ate up the soft wet kitten food we got her, vigorously. Like she hadn't eaten in days. Plus her eye is completely open again and no more infection. She is completely healthy. And growing since. I noticed she has these darker tiger stripes to her. But her coat looks a very very dark brown almost black, until the light hits her and it turns this chocolate brown color.
Her front legs are a bit awkward. They have an almost outer stance to her knees. But she walks perfectly. I don't think anything is wrong with her legs its just how she is built. They do remind me of the legs of a Siamese. Her ears are very large for any other kitten I have rescued/had. I was looking through breeds and came across pictures of Havana browns. And they matched her perfectly. Now I don't know what her mom & dad looked like but her nose is tiny and her eyes are green. Could she be this breed? I also have a Maine Coon and a beautiful Calico.
My Calico female is not too happy with our new addition She has been hiding upstairs and occasionally comes down to eat and use her potty. But the minute she sees the baby kitten she hisses and bolts back upstairs. I don't know how long this behavior will last but I really don't like her avoiding us as well. She swung at me today for the first time and I know she is frustrated. But she isn't normally like this. I love her bunches and don't want to make her feel like she is second best. Cause she is my baby just like the others.
Does anyone know what I can do to stop my Female Calico from hissing and avoiding her? She just doesn't seem to be okay with her presence at all. But I make sure she gets plenty of love from me.
I think she may be jealous. Would it be positive for my Female Calico, if I gave her a toy? And also including the new baby? My Male (Neutered) Maine Coon has hissed at her a couple of times. But doesn't at all act jealous of her.
I was thinking, if it was a good idea to go ahead and buy them all toys and show my love? Could that break the tension? I don't expect them to be immediately used to her. It will always take time. But my Calico is worrying me.
I dont want her to attack Lucy. I just need a little help on what to do to soften the environment with all of them. Lucy is curious about them. But since they have been hissing at her. She doesn't want to go near them much.

Thanks to anyone who can help


  • Melanie - 2010-10-23
    Have your cats adjusted to each other yet? I had one that after 6 months was still very agitated and not accepting the kitten. The vet put her on a very small dose of Prozac daily. It helped tremendously. After a month or so I took her off of the medication, but her attitude continued to be much better. It has been a year now and while they are not "buddies", she tolerates the younger cat.
Jane Brader - 2011-08-13
Our beautiful Havana Brown, Hershey, who is three years old, has been looking more and more black in the past three weeks. We've had an extremely hot summer in St Louis and he does enjoy going outside in his back yard, but not in the heat of the day, of course. Back in the winter he developed a reddish color around his neck and we thought maybe it was from the sun streaming through his favorite window. That coloring disappeared and now his coat his almost uniformly black. What is happening?? Will the wonderful chocolately color return? Has anyone seen this type of thing in their Havana Brown?

Nancy Futrelle - 2010-12-22
I would love to know how common is a chocolate brown cat that isn't a Havana Brown. We just adopted a young male that is chocolate colored, with black tabby markings. He has white feet, tummy and a white splotch on his muzzle. Definitely NOT a pure breed. Our vet says he will stay brown, and that she has not seen one with this much brown on him. Is brown an unusual color for an American shorthair?

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! or 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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