Havana Brown – The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc
The phrase “chocolate delights” is often used by Tan enthusiasts to describe this charming chocolate brown cat with mesmerizing green eyes. they are alert, intelligent, affectionate, and occasionally exhibit a mischievous personality. a breed for the true cat connoisseur, many say that once you’ve “owned” a havana brown, no other breed will do.
Sharing your home with a Havana Brown is both a privilege and a pleasure. Human companionship and interaction is a necessity for this breed. They get along well with other cats, dogs and children. Individual personalities vary, of course. Some may be somewhat reserved; however, most are outgoing, playful and talkative in a charming, coquettish way. Not only will these delightful brown characters insist on being a part of every activity in the household, they also insist on having the very last word on everything.
The breed is considered moderately active compared to other short-haired breeds. They like nothing more than to run around the house or play tag if there are other cats to join. In addition to playing, his next favorite hobby is napping. Your choice of partner for a good night’s sleep may be your favorite human companion.
Being inquisitive by nature, the Havana brown extends a touch-and-feel paw as it investigates curiosities in its environment. they are truly sensitive by nature and will often touch their fellow humans gently as if extending a paw of friendship.
While a minimum of grooming and maintenance is required for this shorthaired breed, it is important that a regular grooming and bathing routine be established at an early age. Most Havana Browns love attention and will happily submit to a full body rub down with a soft rubber brush. Front and back claws should be clipped and the insides of the ears gently cleaned. Finish with a quick buffing using your hands, a soft chamois cloth or silk scarf. They experience a minimal amount of hair loss or shedding, so bathing on a regular basis is not necessary if the cat is not being shown.
The ideal Havana Brown is best described as a firm, muscular cat of medium size and build, exhibiting a sense of power but also elegance and grace. the two most distinctive characteristics of the breed are the color and the shape of the head. the distinctive muzzle shape, coat color, large forward-leaning ears, and striking green eyes set it apart from other breeds.
Havana’s color is a deep, warm, even brown, tending toward reddish-brown rather than blackish-brown. the coat is short to medium, smooth, glossy, and bushy. the feel of the coat has been compared to that of a luxurious mink coat.
Handling a Havana for the first time can be a surprising experience, as this lithe-looking cat actually weighs more than it appears. males are proportionally larger than females. overall balance and proportion are emphasized more than size.
The head is slightly longer than it is wide, narrowing to a rounded muzzle with a definite break on either side of very prominent whisker pads. When viewed in profile, there is a distinct stop at the eyes. The one-of-a-kind muzzle is often compared to a light bulb or a corncob stuck on the end of the face.
Havana’s striking green oval eyes are unforgettable. any uniform shade of green is acceptable; the greener, the better.
Ears are large, round-tipped, wide, and slightly pointed forward, giving the cat an alert appearance. there is little hair inside or outside the ears, with an obvious paucity of hair in front of the ears. the leather of the nose is brown with a pinkish hue; the paw pads are shades of pink. whiskers should be brown to complement the coat color. sparse chin hair on the lower lip is a unique feature of this breed.
This charming brown cat originated in England as the result of planned crosses between Siamese cats and domestic black cats by several dedicated English cat fanciers whose overall goal was to produce a brown cat of their own. The breed was first imported to North America in the 1950s. These early imports became part of the foundation for today’s Havana Brown. in england, the havana is modeled after the siamese, while in north america, breeders have maintained the appearance of early imports. In an effort to augment the dwindling gene pool, breeders received approval in 1998/1999 to allow crossbreeding with unregistered black or blue domestic shorthairs, certain colors of Oriental shorthairs, or chocolate point. or Siamese seal point. for more information, contact the breed council secretary for this breed.