Kittens Available! Simply request Pet Breeders contact you promptly! Breeders will email or call you with specific breed information and available pets and prices. Request Havana Brown Kitten InformationDomestic cats carrying the brown recessive gene were bred to Siamese - and occasionally Russian Blues - to produce a chestnut brown cat the color of a fine Havana cigar. These cats have a distinctive head type noted for a muzzle shaped like a corncob. They are medium in size but muscular. They demand human companionship. Contact the cat breeders below for your next family friend.
The Havana Brown is the color of pure chocolate, rich and true. This cat was created by man with a personality even more distinctive than its unique face, ears and mink coat. Although still so rare as to be considered an endangered species, and for years one of the cat world’s best-kept secrets, Havana Browns have built a solid following of enthusiastic admirers for very good reason. This cat is affectionate, gentle, highly intelligent, and ...quiet, unlike its Siamese compatriot with whom it shares some resemblance. Remarkably agreeable and adaptable, this cat is a playful kitten throughout life, one that uses its paws in both endearing and entertaining ways.
The Havana Brown is yet another breed that comes from the intriguing land of Siam (now Thailand), where several breeds of cat have obviously been revered over the centuries. Solid brown cats were described and depicted in the Cat-Book Poems, a manuscript written between 1350 and 1767, when the city of Ayudha, Siam was burned by invaders. These brown cats appear in the manuscript standing proudly alongside royal Siamese, black and white bi-colors, and silver-blue Korats. The people of Siam considered the burnished brown cats very beautiful and believed that they protected humans from evil, so they held the brown cats in the highest regard.
Solid brown (known as “self-brown”) cats were among the first felines to come to England from Siam in the late 1800s. It is believed that these imports were not all of the same genetic types, but rather represent what today would be called Burmese, chocolate point Siamese, Tonkinese (Burmese/Siamese hybrids), and Havana Browns.
Solid brown cats were exhibited in Europe during the late 1800s and the early 1900s. A self-brown took first prize at a show in England in 1888, indicating that, at that time, connoisseurs valued and treasured brown cats. At a 1928 cat show, the British Siamese Cat Club gave a special award to the cat with “the best chocolate body.”
During World Wars I and II, the breeding of all pedigreed cats suffered. It was not until the post-World War II era that cat advocates renewed their breeding efforts. Self-browns made their comeback in the early 1950s when a handful of English breeders decided that brown was still beautiful. Working first separately and then together, these breeders studied chocolate gene inheritance probabilities, and then started a breeding program, reportedly using Siamese, domestic shorthairs, and a touch of Russian Blue. The breeders were striving to produce a solid-colored cat in the chocolate point coloring of the Siamese, rather than the sable coloring of the Burmese.
In 1952, the first solid chocolate kitten to be registered in England was born. This kitten, Elmtower Bronze Idol, became the foundation cat for the new breed. Bronze Idol was produced by mating a seal point Siamese that carried the chocolate gene to a solid black cat also carrying that same gene. Since chocolate coloration is governed by a recessive gene, Bronze Idol had to receive the gene from both parents to express this trait. In 1958, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in the UK accepted the breed for Championship competition under the name Chestnut Brown Foreign. Later, the breed was re-named Havana, possibly to signify its similarity to a rabbit breed by the name of Havana, or perhaps to glorify the tobacco used to make a good Havana cigar.
In the mid-1950s, the first Havana cats were imported to the US to form the foundation for the Havana Brown breed in North America. Today, there is a significant difference between English Havanas and those seen in the US. The English cats are more oriental in type, similar to Oriental Shorthairs, with straight profiles, flared ears and wedge-shaped heads.
The breed was accepted for registration by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1959 and was granted Championship status in 1964. Records and old pedigrees reveal that some North American breeders introduced Russian Blues and Siamese into their early breeding programs. This practice came to an end when the breed was closed to outcross breeding in 1974. Then, in 1998, in an effort to widen the gene pool, breeders received approval from CFA to open the breed to outcross breeding to unregistered black or blue domestic shorthairs or certain colors of Oriental Shorthairs. In 1999, approval was also received for the use of chocolate point or seal point Siamese with full Havana Browns.
The Havana Brown is a striking cat with a rich mahogany coat that showcases its brilliant green eyes. The short, smooth, red-brown coat reveals the graceful lines of this elegant cat, while the expressive green eyes glow with intelligence. Color is very important to this breed: the coat should be a rich, even shade of warm brown, tending toward red-brown or mahogany rather than black-brown. Havanas have no undercoat at all. Allowance is made for ghost tabby markings in kittens and youngsters, as ideally, they will fade out with time. The Havana Brown is a moderate-sized, muscular, short-haired cat with a body of average length, that can tend sometimes to be chubby, so diet must be watched carefully. Not prone to excessive shedding, grooming requirements only include brushing once a week, conscientious trimming of nails and regular monitoring of ear cleanliness.
In 1983, TICA (The International Cat Association) accepted the lilac Havana for championship competition and changed the breed name from Havana Brown to Havana—but CFA still acknowledges only the deep mahogany of the Havana Brown. Both colors provide a stunning setting for the brilliant green oval eyes sparkling with feline wisdom and a touch of mischief.
While the rich tobacco color of the Havana is what we first typically see, the head is also distinctive. The erect, forward-tilted ears convey a sense of alertness. The cat's profile is composed of a series of straight lines that accentuate the prominent nose-stop. The muzzle is often described as having a corn-cob look or a rolled cigar shape. This unique look is created by a pinch at the muzzle and full whisker pads that combine with the square chin to create a blunt, rounded look. The entire head and muzzle have been described as being the shape of a light bulb.
The richly colored, glossy coat covers a medium-sized, semi-foreign body that is heavier than one might expect. This cat’s firm, flexible muscular structure ripples under the lustrous brown coat with a sense of powerful grace. Males tend to be larger, weighing from eight to ten pounds, as compared with females who weigh from six to eight pounds.
Havanas crave attention from their human companions and are not content unless they can be by your side, helping you with all of your sundry tasks. While some Havanas are rather independent, all have an endearing trait of reaching out to touch you, offering a paw of friendship, so to speak.
A favorite Havana Brown occupation is one of retrieval, as it is for many hybrids, as they can often be found carrying toys and other stray objects around in their mouths. If you can’t locate a sock or some other small, easy-to-carry object, check your Havana's cat bed. You might find that your missing object has magically found its way there. They are a bit like packrats in this regard!
Exquisitely beautiful with jewel-like green eyes, the Havana Brown just melts the heart of anyone it meets. One reason that Havanas are so very rare is that litters tend to be very small. A litter of only three kittens is not uncommon, and five is very unusual. The kittens are usually born with the same sable-brown coat that they will proudly bear as adults.
Interestingly, there seems to be a fair amount of personality variation among Havana Browns. These cats are “little thieves” who love to make up their own games. A piece of paper falling to the floor from the printer may quickly become airborne if this cat is around. There is no need to buy toys for Havanas; they will make (or steal!) their own and use their paws to put on a show!
Touching, loving, and gorgeous, with a mischievous and winning personality, the kittenish Havana Brown will enjoy playful antics throughout its life, which averages 10-15 years of pure heaven. Protect this adorable feline by keeping it indoors close to those it loves. It is sure to speak to you in its soft voice especially when aware of your doting admiration, your children’s delight and your lifelong pleasure in its company!