The Havana Brown’s most treasured physical attribute is its rich, glossy chocolate brown coat. Shades can vary from rich mahogany to reddish brown. TICA accepts a variation of the standard brown breed color. Known only has Havanas these cats can also be seen in solid lilac as well (frosty gray with pinkish tones).
All Havana Browns have distinct heads that are longer than they are wide, with large rounded ears and brown whiskers. A medium-sized, slender but muscular body is typical of the breed.
Havana Browns are charming, playful, people-oriented and intelligent cats. They tend to have soft voices and are affectionate and devoted companions. Their coats are very short and lie close to the skin with no undercoat. They do not require any special grooming.
Due to their loving nature, Havana Browns prefer not to be left alone for long periods of time. They require generous attention, playtime and love.
The Havana Brown is a man-made hybrid of self-brown cats outcrossed with a variety of other breeds such as black Domestic Shorthairs, chocolate point Siamese and Russion Blue cats. The breed was created in the 1950’s by a number of English breeders collaborating together using self-brown cats that existed as early as the late 1800’s.
Known as Havanas in Europe, these cats were first imported to North America in the mid-1950’s. Soon after their arrival, they became known in the U.S. as Havana Browns. Modern British Havana strains are reported to have an increased Siamese cat influence compared to the North American lines.
The Havana Brown is recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA), the American Cat Fancier’s Association (AFCA) and The International Cat Association (TICA).