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Havana Brown

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Description

The Havana Brown cat breed is noted for its warm, chocolate brown color that reminded an early breeder of a Havana cigar. The breed did not, however, come from Cuba; the breed originated in Great Britain in the early 1950s. Brown cats resembling this breed were in Britain as early as the 1890s, but the breed development did not begin in earnest until sixty years later. They were introduced to the United States in the mid-1950s. It was first accepted by GCCF in 1958 as the Chestnut Foreign Shorthair.

The British shorthaired breed bearing the Havana Brown name is the brown variety of the Oriental Shorthair, while the American version is a separate breed with a distinctive body and head type.

Most Havana Brown kittens are chestnut brown, although a lavender frost color is also permitted in some associations.

The Havana Brown personality is very outgoing; they love following their people around. It is a very rare breed; one article estimates that there are fewer than 1,000 Havana Browns in existence.

Interesting breed fact: Havana Browns not only have brown fur, but also brown whiskers. In fact, whiskers of any other color can be a disqualifying show fault in many cat associations.




Havana Brown Breed Information


Havana Brown Clubs and Associations


Havana Brown Video:

  • Cats 101: Havana Brown (Animal Planet). Please note that there is a mistake in the video, as the first cat who appears in the video is probably a Burmese, not a Havana Brown!


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