A Brown Delight and an Endangered Species - the cat in the ?not so plain brown wrapper? with beautiful green eyes.HistoryThe Havana Brown cat was developed in the 1950s by crossing a British Seal Point Siamese with another black shorthaired cat of Siamese descent. These cats were formerly known as Chestnut Brown Foreigns. Once American breeders started developing and raising these cats the British and United States varieties began to take on different but similar characteristics.Havana Brown cats are exclusively bred in North America although there are some European versions found overseas. It is quite possible that they will become an extinct breed in the not too distant future.ÿÿ It is estimated that less than 1000 of these cats are alive today. There are very few breeding lines in existence today since crossbreeding was ended in 1974. The problem lies in that it is increasingly difficult to find non-related cats to use as breeding stock. It is important to select the most desirable set of partners to breed so the offspring will acquire their better traits. Using cats with the same ancestry can result in cats with problems in their health and temperament. Steps are being taken to try and save this breed from extinction that would allow crossbreeding. The cost of these cats varies depending on their availability and bloodlines.DescriptionThe American standard for the Havana Brown was set and accepted by the UCF and was first shown in shows in championship classes of the Siamese Society in 1959. Though the Havana is recognized as a foreign cat of Siamese type in England it is recognized as a separate breed in the United States. It should be noted that due to breeding methods and differences the English Havana and the Havana we know here in the United States have a totally different look. The Havana in England tends to have a more Oriental typing, like the Siamese, than those in the United States.Here in the United States the Havana Brown's head is slightly longer than it is wide and boasts a distinctive stop at the eyes. The head tends to be narrow. The muzzle is round with a slight break behind its brown whiskers. The nose tends to be rosy in color and has a leathery texture. The ears are almost hairless and set wide. They tend to be quite large and rounded at the tip. The eyes are chartreuse and oval in shape and appear large on the narrow face. The wide-set oval eyes are usually a bright shade of green and show much expression. As the cats develop and mature from kittens, their eye color becomes more enhanced and deeper.ÿ The solid, muscular body is medium in length. The rich, smooth, mahogany brown coat is of medium length and is true in color right down to the skin.ÿ The coats are smooth and lustrous and will continue to look sleek with regular combings at least twice a week. A fine toothed comb is recommended but to increase the coats gloss the owner may want to also rub a damp chamois cloth over the coat occasionally.TemperamentHavana Brown cats are gentle and affectionate. They can be a bit shy to strangers but are very loyal and loving toward their owners. All Havana Brown cats are a rich dark brown with just a hint of red. The United States version of these cats is medium-sized and muscular. They are a curious breed and will investigate anything that moves or catches their eye by pawing at it. They love human companionship and are very generous with their affections in return. Havana Brown cats are very playful even once they begin to mature. They love biting paper and cardboard as well as playing tag and chasing their owners around. They are very active and energetic cats.
This breed information has been assembled from a number of area which include "The Legacy of the Cat" by Gloria Stephens, "Eyewitness Handbooks - Cats" by David Alderton and the "TICA Breed Standards".ÿ As well, much information was obtained on the Internet. It was submitted to us by Southern Alberta Calgary Cat Fanciers