Havana Brown's complete profile, history, and care instructions

Havana Brown cat

The Havana Brown cat is a brown-hued cat, as its name indicates, however the breed does not have its beginnings in Havana. The Havana Brown, on the other hand, was invented in England in the 1950s. So, how did this species get its moniker from the bustling Cuban capital? Nobody knows for sure, but some hypotheses suggest that the Havana Brown was named after the Havana rabbit or because of the rich brown hue of its coat, which is similar to the color of Havana tobacco.

Havana Brown cats are amiable, lively, and sociable tiny cats. Havana Brown cats are neither aloof or independent, and they like to be as near to their owners as possible. They even stretch out and beg for attention with their paws, which they really need. Havana Brown cats are also quite sociable with other cats of their species and like cuddling with all members of the family, whether human or feline.

Breed Overview

Weight: About 6 to 10 pounds

Length: About 18 inches

Coat: Short to medium length, smooth and lustrous

Coat Color: Rich and even shade of warm brown; color tends toward red-brown (mahogany) rather than black-brown

Eye Color: Any vivid and level shade of green

Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years

Characteristics of the Havana Brown Cat

Affection Level   High
Friendliness  High
Kid-Friendly  High 
Pet-Friendly High
Exercise Needs  Medium
Playfulness  High
Energy Level  Medium
Intelligence  High
Tendency to Vocalize Medium
Amount of Shedding Medium

History of the Havana Brown Cat

To understand how the Havana Brown cat came to be, we must first go to late-nineteenth-century England. Solid-brown cats (also known as self-brown cats) were being shown in British cat exhibitions at the period under several titles, one of which was "Swiss Mountain Cat." These brown cats resembled Siamese cats, except instead of blue eyes, they had green eyes.

According to legend, the Siamese Cat Club of Britain issued an order in 1920 prohibiting Siamese from having green eyes. As a result, the solid-brown cats began to vanish. Fast forward to the 1950s, when some English cat breeders wanted to resurrect the long-forgotten brown cat. The crew started studying color genetics and breeding trials until they figured out how to make a self-brown cat.

When a self-brown male kitten named Praha Gypka was born from a pairing between a solid black cat and a chocolate point Siamese, these breeders were ecstatic. A solid black cat and a seal point Siamese cat were accidentally bred at the same time. Elmtower Bronze Idol, a brown male kitten, was born as a consequence of that mating. Elmtower Bronze Idol was the first Havana Brown cat to be registered in England, and is now regarded the precursor of the Havana Brown breed.

The breed name was eventually altered to "Chestnut Brown" cats or "Chestnut Brown Oriental" cats once the breed was recognized by English cat registries. These cats had a body shape similar to today's Oriental. The breed is currently simply known as the Havana outside of the United States, and is essentially a chestnut cat.

Meanwhile, several cat breeders in the United States focused on the Havana Brown during the same time (1950s and 1960s). The medium-sized Havana Brown was muscular then, as it is now in the United States, but with a more moderate body shape. With round-tipped ears and a somewhat rounded and pronounced nose, the head is slightly longer than broad. With brown nose leather and paw pads, the coat is a deep, warm mahogany solid brown hue (even the whiskers are brown). The oval eyes are medium in size, placed wide apart, and wonderfully colored in any vibrant and level shade of green.

The Havana Brown is recognized differently by two North American cat registries. Havana Brown is a breed recognized by both the Cat Fanciers' Association and the Canadian Cat Association. It is known as the Havana by the International Cat Association.

Havana Brown Cat Care

The short, glossy coat of the Havana Brown requires little maintenance. To remove loose hair, brush once a week with a soft slicker or rubber curry brush. After brushing, polish the coat with a chamois cloth for a beautiful sheen. Bathe every now and again to keep your skin and coat looking and feeling their best. Bathe your display kitties a few days before the show. Keep your Havana Brown cat's nails clipped and inspect the inside of his ears once a week. If you find any dirt in the ears, clean them with a cotton ball and a pet ear cleaner (never push anything like a cotton swab into a cat's ear). Call your veterinarian if your Havana Brown's ears appear red, inflamed, or overly unclean, or if you notice her tossing her head or clawing at her ears.

Because Havana Browns are naturally energetic and curious, encouraging daily activity via indoor enrichment and play is simple. Bring toys out a few times a day and play with your Havana Brown. The breed is highly lively, and many like playing fetch with little toys in the same way as a dog would. Cat trees, shelves, and kitty condos are all great places for your Havana Brown to climb and perch. Scratching is a natural and joyful release for cats. Allow your Havana Brown to scratch in a variety of locations, including vertical scratchers (such as tall poles or cat trees) and horizontal scratchers (like cardboard or sisal scratchers that lie flat on the ground).

Common Health Problems

Although any cat can acquire a health problem at any time during its life, some pedigreed cat breeds are more susceptible to specific congenital health issues. The Havana Brown, on the other hand, has no recognized special circumstances. Even so, buying a kitten from a breeder that gives some sort of health guarantee is an excellent idea.

Diet and Nutrition

Havana Browns enjoy eating. Make sure your Havana Brown isn't overeating and gaining too much weight. Maintaining a healthy weight in your Havana Brown will help you avoid diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Feed a nutritious cat food in regulated amounts at regular intervals (twice a day for adult cats). Snacking and obesity are linked to free feeding (leaving food out all day). If you're unsure about what to feed your Havana Brown, get guidance from your veterinarian or breeder.

  • Friendly and affectionate 

  • Social with other cats 

  • Low shedding

  • Doesn’t do well if left alone

  • Needs a lot of attention

  • Rare/hard to find

Where to Adopt or Buy a Havana Brown Cat

The Havana Brown cat breed is exceedingly rare. It may be tough to locate a Havana Brown kitten if you desire one. Attending a local cat show, where you can meet reputable breeders, is your best chance. Cat shows are entertaining to watch because you may see a variety of different cat breeds all at once. Do an online search for "cat show near me" or go to http://www.catshows.us to discover a cat show in your region. If you enjoy saving animals, you are unlikely to discover a Havana Brown in an animal shelter, but some may become available for adoption through Havana Brown breeders.

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