Do you have a thing for chocolate? Then you’ll probably adore the Havana Brown. This lovely cat, often known as the “Chocolate Delight,” is a smart, alert, and friendly feline. The Havana Brown is an exceedingly rare breed of purebred cat with a distinct personality that is genuinely ideal for a cat aficionado.
If you’re considering of bringing a Havana Brown into your house, consider it a joy as well as a responsibility. In this post, we’ll look at this one-of-a-kind breed, including its disposition and intelligence.
A small number of self-brown cats were imported to England from Siam towards the close of the nineteenth century because they were thought to be of great worth. They were described as “Siamese, with burnished chestnut coats and greeny-blue eyes.” These early imports were not all genetically identical to today’s Havana Brown cats.
They were most likely Burmese, Tonkinese, and chocolate point Siamese. Some may have been the product of crossbreeding between Siamese and domestic black or blue cats, resulting in cats resembling modern Havana Browns. Records reveal that solid brown cats were seen in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. A brown cat won top place at an English show in 1888, proving that cat fanciers of the time adored these magnificent chocolate-colored cats as much as we do now.
By 1930, the British Siamese Cat Club had barred competition for solid brown cats with blue eyes. Fortunately, solid brown Siamese cats became fashionable again in the early 1950s. A group of English cat breeders got together to explore chocolate gene inheritance and eventually start a breeding program.
It should be noted that these offspring were darker than Burmese kittens, which are a lighter sable color. Elm tower Bronze Idol, a solid chocolate kitten, was born in 1952 as a result of the mating of a seal point Siamese with a solid black cat, both of which were known to contain the chocolate gene. This kitten, dubbed Bronze Idol, held the genetic foundation for today’s Havana Brown cats.
The breed was accepted by the Cat Fancy’s Governing Council in 1958, but was given the name Chestnut Brown Foreign. The breed was renamed in 1959. Nobody knows if the Havana Brown cat was called after Havana cigars or Havana rabbits; both the cigars and the bunnies have the same rich coloration as the Havana Brown cat.
The Havana Brown was recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) and given championship status in 1964. The Havana Brown cat gene pool was exhausted by crossing in 1974, and by the early 1990s, the breed had become even more scarce, with breeders obliged to mate closely related cats with one another.
CFA decided to allow outcrossing between seal point and chocolate point Siamese cats, certain Oriental Shorthair cats, and domestic shorthair cats with solid blue and solid black colors in 1998. Kittens born from marrying registered Havana Brown cats with one of the permissible outcrosses could subsequently be mated to another one.
As long as the breed standard was followed, the resulting kittens could be registered and shown as Havana Browns. They are recognized by all major cat registries. TICA acknowledges the color “Lilac” (dilute) and refers to the breed as “Havana.” Other registries, such as the ACFA and CFA, refer to the breed as “Havana Brown.”
The Havana Brown, while still faintly Oriental in appearance, is a strong, muscular cat with a forceful, elegant disposition. They are medium in size and have well-defined muzzles as well as huge ears that slant forward inquisitively. The ears have few hairs on the interior or on the front, making them appear larger. This cat’s green eyes are widely set in his moderately enlarged skull.
Generous pads with brown whiskers flank the somewhat pointed snout, which is rosy toned like the Havana Brown’s toes. The lip hair is extremely thin, giving the Havana Brown a chin “patch.” The breed don’t need much grooming, although they do benefit from frequent brushing and bathing.
The Havana Brown has a wonderful deep brown color. This velvety appearance, along with the breed’s brilliant green eyes, results in a stunning cat known as the “Chocolate Delight.” They are truly glimmered because to its uniform coat and strong muscle.
- Weight: 4 to 5 kg
- Coat length: Short
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Brown
- Pattern: Solid
Havana Browns are highly expressive with their paws, used them to investigate and communicate with their owners. These cats require interaction and company and do not do well when left alone. They get along nicely with other animals, particularly dogs, and family with children.
Although some cats are laid-back, most of them are energetic and sociable, making sure they are a part of everything going on around them. They enjoy tumbling around the house for no particular reason and will play “tag” with other cats, which may explain why these lovely browns fall hard at night. Generally right in the middle of their human’s pillow!
- Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: High
Responsible breeders thoroughly test their cats for any known or unknown health conditions associated with the breed. Havana are vulnerable to a variety of health problems, including:
- Hemophilia: A condition that prevent blood from clotting properly
- Upper respiratory infections: The heart walls, especially the left ventricle, thicken due to a common heart disease that affects many cat breeds.
- Urinary tract disorders: Difficulty and pain when urinating, increased frequency of urination, and blood in the urine.
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