The Havana Browns are one of the oldest breed of cats like Siamese. They are also medium sized muscular breed of cat found in burnished mahogany color. Like Siamese and Korat breed, they have also originated from the land of Siam, now called Thailand. Though the original date of its evolution is unknown, the Havana Brown breed was recreated again in 1950s. Different organizations accept it in different forms like the AACE, ACFA, CFA , CCA, TCA and UFO accept it in solid brown color. CFF and TICA name this breed Havana and accept only its solid brown and solid lilac variety.
Havana is one of the oldest cat breeds found in the world. Its history
can be traced back to the days of the origin of Siamese and Korat
variety. The manuscripts written in between 1350 and 1767 mention this
cat breed. However, scientifically anything came in being after Solid
brown cats were sent to Britain from Thailand. The records of 1800 when
this export was carried out describe Havana as Siamese, with burnished
chestnut coats and green-blue eyes. Gradually with time Siamese became
more popular than the Solid brown cats which lost in the crowd because
of the lost interest and support of the fanciers. After World War II,
like many other varieties, this breed of cat was almost eliminated from
It was in 1952 that the interest of people in Solid Brown again grew up.
Five different breeders working individually on this project came
together to produce solid brown cats with a complete coating of
chocolate points on a Siamese, rather than the ebony brown of the
Burmese. After the use of seal point and chocolate point Siamese cats
black domestic shorthairs and, to a limited extent, Russian Blues, in
1958 they finally created a breed that was recognized by Governing
Council of the Cat Fancy. It was then named as Chestnut Foreign
Shorthair. Later in 1970 the name of the British breed of this cat as
changed to Havana.
Havana Brown is a unique breed in itself with a very distinctive head
longer than its width and wide-set ears which are large but not flashed.
Overall, it has a smooth lovely coat, brilliant green eyes, huge and
forward-bent ears. It has a moderate body size with moderate body type,
somewhere between cobby and svelte. The average weight of this cat breed
is around 6 to 10 pounds. Havana Brown is also known for standing tall
on their legs. Their tail is moderate in shape and size and proportional
to their body. They have a smooth and glazy coat which has short to
medium hair. Basically the breed can be seen in two different colors
lilac and brown color.
Havana browns are warm, calm, highly smart, and, quiet. They are also
very much adaptable to any situation with ease. They are neither too
active, not also a kitty couch potato. They love easing around and are
naturally playful in nature. They are quiet, gentle and moderately
docile. They would love not to be over exerted but will feel left alone
if not given proper attention.