Breed review: Havana Brown Cat

Posted by Trixie. July 21st 2015.

Well known for its tobacco-brown soft fur and a stunning set of green eyes, the Havana Brown Cat is one of the most lovable pets a family could ask for. This rare breed has become increasingly popular among busy families with small children because of their adorable appearance and loving nature.

An adorable trio of Havana Brown Kittens


The history of the Havana Brown Cat

The story of the Havana Brown Cat began in the 1920s when the Siamese Cat Club decided brown cats without blue eyes were simply no longer attractive. As a result, breeders lost interest in them until the late 1950s when a small group of British cat breeders set themselves the task of determining the genetic make up of the brown cat. The group eventually produced a male that was chestnut-brown in colour; the result of mixing a short-haired black cat and a chocolate Siamese.

This eventually led to the stunning Havana Brown Cat that we now know and love, a rare breed which has since become known in the USA as Oriental Shorthairs and Havana Brown cats in the UK.

The personality of the Havana Brown Cat

This beautiful cat is known for their outgoing and friendly personality, so expect one to follow you around the house as you go about your day.

Like most cats from the Siamese ancestry, the Havana can be demanding and talkative, although their voice is a great deal softer and their personality more subtle than their ancestors. You’ll soon find out that the Havana is smart and likes a challenging toy to play with. However, when they are finished playing with toys, they will look for you for some much-needed attention, and love nothing more than to sit on your lap while you show them plenty of affection.


The Havana Brown Cat breed is known for its distinctive green eyes

How to care for the Havana Brown cat

This beautiful cat is pretty easy to care for, but they will require a good comb on a weekly basis to ensure their fur remains in tip top condition, with maximum amount of shine.

It’s also recommended to brush their teeth on a regular basis and trim their nails every couple of weeks, especially if you have little ones running around.

It’s also important to wipe the corners of their eyes – gently – with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge which is usually there after sleeping for a long period of time.

How is the Havana around other pets and children?

The Havana Brown Cat is playful and intelligent and can be a great friend to a small child who will treat them nicely. You’ll find the Havana enjoys playing games like ‘fetch’ and learning new tricks and because of their high energy levels, you can be sure they won’t run out of energy before your little ones do.

This breed is also happy to live with other pets as long as they are cat friendly. Thanks to their amiable personality, they are pretty easy going, as long as you introduce other pets slowly and in controlled environments.

With stunning good looks and a lovable personality, this cat is sure to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle whether you live on your own or have a large family.


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