Learn all about the Havana Brown cat breed!
There are many theories as to how this breed acquired its name, including the theory that it came from the color of Havana cigars. One thing is certain, however, this all-brown cat did not originate in Cuba. Instead, it was established with the birth of Elmtower Bronze Idol, a self-brown cat, in 1952. Often recognized as the progenitor of the modern breed, Elmtower was a result of a breeding program crossing , domestic shorthairs, and .
The breed has been recognized for competition in the US since the late 1950s. It has been considered an endangered breed, since the breeding pool is very small. In the late 1990s, there were only 12 -registered Havana Brown catteries and under 130 unaltered cats. Since that time, the breed has grown at a healthy pace. In 2015 there are now twice the number of catteries and breeders located around the world, with the majority located in the USA and Europe.
So had to throw this one in. Only other type of cat I owned was a Havana Brown. Bought her for my daughter for her birthday. They are built like Siamese but have a beautiful colored coat. Hope, my daughters' Havana could actually growl like a dog. She really scared some work men with her growl.Looking for a kitty companion? Just ask Watson! He's a smart, playful and affectionate 7-month-old brown tabby/white boy that was raised in foster care after being the only surviving kitten found at a ranch. Watson rolls over for belly rubs and is a bit obsessive about soft ball toys, which he hoards in his bed! He's a friendly boy that loves people and gets along great with other cats and gentle dogs. Meet Watson at the AFRP Adoption Center in Pacific Grove.Chocolate cats are uncommon, because the gene that is associated with their lush mahogany coats is seen only in a small, select gene pool. All chocolate cats are descended directly from a single individual, a Havana Brown cat. The Havana Brown breed was created by crossing a black, blue, and color-point cats. Because of their specific and verifiable ancestry, chocolate cats of all shapes and sizes hold their personalities in common. They are intelligent, very friendly, and quite playful.In the early 1950s a group of English cat fanciers began working together with an intent to create a self brown cat of Foreign Type. They called themselves "The Havana Group", later to become "The Chestnut Brown Group". This group of breeders created the foundation of the Havana Brown cat of today. The ladies credited with this effort include Mrs. Armitage Hargreaves of Laurentide Cattery, Mrs. Munroe-Smith of Elmtower Cattery, the Baroness Von Ullmann of Roofspringer Cattery, Mrs. Elsie Fisher of Praha Cattery, and Mrs. Judd of Crossways Cattery. These breeders, by selectively breeding a Siamese cat which carried the chocolate gene to a black cat that also carried the chocolate gene, were able to produce chestnut (chocolate) colored kittens.In Britain, the shorthaired cat called the Havana Brown is a brown variety of the Oriental Shorthair, but the Havana Brown in the United States is a separate breed with a different body and head type.In the USA, the imported kittens continued to be cross bred with the Chocolate and Seal Point Siamese, producing only Chocolate or pointed offspring, with the breeders selectively breeding for only self brown kittens. Genetic diversity quickly resolved any defects that were seen in the early imports. The breeders in the USA desired to maintain the look of the cats that were imported and bred specifically for brown offspring. Thus, the cats in the United States have a different look than the cats being bred in England. The American breeders focused on maintaining the unique head shape and did not breed for extremes. This American bred version was moderate in every way, with a rich, warm mahogany color that consistently produced like offspring. In 1964, the Havana Brown was accepted for Championship status in the worlds largest feline registry, The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA).