Havana Brown


Havana Brown Cat Breed


  • The Havana Brown is a medium-sized breed with a muscular and well-balanced body.
  • They have a sleek and glossy coat that is short in length and lies close to the body.
  • Havana Browns have a distinctive warm mahogany brown coat color, often described as resembling the color of Havana cigars.
  • They have a wedge-shaped head with a straight profile, large ears, and striking green eyes.


  • Havana Browns are known for their affectionate and friendly nature. They enjoy being in the company of their human companions and often form strong bonds with their families.
  • They are usually social and enjoy interacting with people. Some Havana Browns are known to be more outgoing and extroverted, while others may be a bit more reserved.
  • They are intelligent cats that appreciate mental stimulation and interactive play sessions.
  • Havana Browns are generally adaptable and can get along well with children and other pets when properly introduced.

Care and Health:

  • The Havana Brown's short coat is relatively low maintenance and requires minimal grooming. Occasional brushing helps to remove loose hair and keep the coat shiny.
  • They are generally a healthy breed with no specific breed-related health issues. Regular veterinary check-ups are still important to monitor their overall well-being.
  • Providing a balanced diet, regular exercise, and mental stimulation through playtime and interactive toys are essential for maintaining the health and happiness of Havana Brown cats.

The Havana Brown is an affectionate and sociable breed known for its stunning mahogany coat and engaging personality. Their warm and loving nature make them wonderful companions for individuals and families seeking a devoted and beautiful feline friend.


How did a brown cat of Southeast Asian origin, which is supposed to offer protection against evil, become known as the Swiss mountain cat and how did it then take the name Havana Brown? Complete answers to these questions have been lost in history, but it seems to have happened that permanent brown cats of the Siamese type from Thailand were exhibited in Great Britain in the 1890s. Somehow they got the nickname Swiss Mountain Cat during this time.

In 1920, the Siamese Cat Club of Britain decided that brown cats without blue eyes were no longer desirable, and they were. Breeders lost interest in them until the 1950s when a group of British cat breeders decided to determine the genetic makeup of a self-tanned (monochrome) cat. Eventually, they gave birth to a reddish-brown kitten, the result of a cross between a short-haired black cat and a chocolate-brown Siamese cat.

Russian blues and Burmese may also have played a role in developing what came to be known as Havana Brown (whose only connection to Cuba is the alleged resemblance to its color with a fine Havana cigar). But as it turned out, according to an article in the CFA yearbook 1982, the most successful and most widely used breed was to produce a self-tanned cat between a black shorthair cat and a sealing Siamese cat carrying the chocolate gene.

The cats, who also went by the name Chestnut Foreign Shorthair - as many pseudonyms as they had, they could very well have been Cuban spies from the Cold War - were first exported to the United States in the 1950s. It was at this point that the breed began to walk two different ways. In Britain today it is known as the brown oriental short hair. Known as Havana Brown in the United States, he has a body and head type that sets him apart from his British cousin. The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the breed in 1964.

Havana Brown is a rare breed so its genetic diversity is threatened. It was supported by a crossbreeding program started in 1998 that allows cats to be mated with unregistered black or blue domestic shorthair or certain colors of oriental shorthair or Chocolate Point or Seal Point Siamese cats. The kittens produced from these breeds can then be mated with the Havana Browns. When these kittens are Havana Brown colored, they can be registered as Havana Browns.


Havana is a medium-sized cat that weighs 6 to 10 pounds.


The richly colored cat called Havana Brown may or may not be named after the addictive leaf, but the cats themselves are addictive to the people they meet. They are open and friendly. Expect someone to follow you around the house as you go through your day.

Like most Siamese cats, Havana can be sophisticated and talkative, but her voice is softer and her personality is more subtle. He is smart and likes the challenge with teasers and puzzle toys. When he has finished playing, the loving Havana will be happy to lie on your lap.


Both pedigree and mixed breed cats have different frequencies of health problems that can be genetic. Havana Browns are generally healthy, although some are prone to infecting upper respiratory tract infections, usually when they are young.


The short, smooth coat by Havana Brown is easy to care for thanks to the fast weekly combing. If you buffer it with a chamois leather, it will glow. A bath is rarely necessary.

Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Cut the nails every two weeks. Wipe the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you do not risk spreading an infection.

Check the ears every week. If they look dirty, wipe them with a cotton ball or a soft, damp cloth dampened with a 50-50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the inside of the ear.

Keep the litter box completely clean. Cats attach great importance to hygiene in the bathroom.

It is a good idea to keep a Havana Brown as an indoor cat just to protect it from diseases transmitted by other cats, attacks from dogs or coyotes and other dangers that cats face when walking outdoors, such as being hit by a car. . Havana Browns who go outside also risk being stolen by someone who wants such a beautiful cat without paying for it.

Fur color and grooming

Havana Brown's distinctive color even extends to its whiskers. He is the only cat with a breed standard that expresses the mustache color: brown, of course, as a complement to the coat color.

From all the mink-riches, lively green eyes with an oval shape look out. Havana is also characterized by its unusual head shape; it is longer than wide. Big ears tip forward.

He has a firm, muscular body with short, smooth fur in a rich, warm maroon. Kittens and young adults may have the smallest trace of tabby marks that disappear when they mature. The nasal skin is brown with a rosy hue, and the pads of the paws are also pinkish brown.

Children and other pets

Playful and smart, Havana Brown can make good friends for a child who treats them nicely. He is one of those cats who loves to learn tricks and tricks, and his energy level means that he will not tear himself in front of the child. Thanks to his lovely nature, he also likes to live with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. Introduce pets slowly and under controlled conditions to ensure that they learn to get along with each other.


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