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Havana Brown

Havana Brown

Basic Havana Brown Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
  • Weight: 6 - 12 pounds

Havana Brown Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

Havana Brown History

  • Historical records from the late 1800s describe Siamese-like chestnut-colored cats in what is now Thailand, but it has not been proven that they were Havana Browns.
  • Attempts to create an all-brown cat proved more challenging than anticipated. Professional breeders had tried since the late 1800s, but did not achieve this feat until possibly in the 1930s in Great Britain. Allegedly, the breed got its start when a Seal Point Siamese was mated with a black shorthaired cat to create the first litter of all-brown kittens.
  • Controversy surrounded this brown cat when the British Siamese Cat Club blocked it from competition until 1952 when a team of breeders mated Siamese with Russian Blues and black domestic shorthairs to officially create the Havana Brown breed.
  • All North American Havana Browns can trace their lineage to a male cat named Roofspringer Mahogany Quinn from the mid-1950s.
  • The CFA granted championship status to the Havana Brown in 1959.

Havana Brown Behavior Concerns

  • Have Havana, will travel. This breed easily adapts to traveling in cars, planes and boats.
  • Not very chatty. Tends to converse by sweetly chirping and trilling rather than meowing demandingly.
  • If you're looking for s cat with a balanced temperament, the Havana Brown is an excellent choice. It is not too energetic and not too docile.
  • This breed welcomes the company of children, other cats and dogs. This breed thrives in an active, multi-species household.
  • Smart and curious, the Havana Brown is known for examining objects by holding it with both paws.

Look of Havana Browns

  • This breed sports a marvelous, mahogany-toned brown coat that gleams on a medium-sized athletic frame and straight, slender legs. Its skinny tail is medium in length.
  • The regal-looking Havana Brown also wows you with its long, narrow head, oval, expressive eyes, broad nose and rounded muzzle.
  • In cat show competitions, it cannot display any tabby markings.

Grooming Havana Brown Cats

  • Its short, glossy coat is smooth

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Havana Browns

Please consult with your veterinarian about the type of diet and amount to feed your cat during their different life stages. Different breeds may have greater risk of obesity based upon their diet, metabolism and age. Thus, your veterinarian is your best source for information on this topic.

Fun Facts of Havana Browns

  • The name Havana Brown came out of the fact that the coat color matches the hue of a fine Havana cigar.
  • A Havana Brown must sport brown whiskers -� not white -� to be considered for contention at a professional cat show. This is the only breed to cater to this requirement.
  • Goes by the nickname, "Swiss Mountain Cat."

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with one of the following hospitals:

VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital

Phone: 480-991-1845
Fax: 480-998-8941
6969 East Shea Boulevard
Suite 150
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona

Phone: 480-898-0001
Fax: 480-898-3111
1648 North Country Club Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201