The havana brown as we see them today, is a cat breed that was developed by breeding black domestic cats that had recessive brown genes with a seal point or chocolate siamese cat. The solid color chocolate cat originated in England in the early 1950s and may have come from Thailand (then Siam) in the 1880s being known only as a “brown siamese cat.”
The cats were once exhibited as an exotic breed and called various names like “Swiss Mountain Cat” and “Brown Cat.” By the 1930s, the Siamese Cat Club of Britain discourage breeding any non blue-eyed siamese and the havana brown nearly disappeared although it seems there’s no documentation to support that these brown cats were actually havana browns. In the 1950s, a group of British enthusiasts worked on producing a solid brown cat with the siamese body and points. They crossed a siamese with domestic short hairs and russian blue cats. These breedings were documented and the havana browns we see today can be traced back to the early 1950s when the hybrid was created.
Body: Medium sized, muscular and firm. They weigh between 6 to 12 lbs depending on sex.
Coat: Short, glistening, and a beautiful mahogany brown.
Head: The muzzle is rounded and the head is longer than wide with a pronounced break behind the whisker pads. The ears are large, round-tipped, and wide-set with a forward tilt.
Havana Browns are known to be affectionate, gentle, sweet, charming, intelligent and playful. They are quieter than a Siamese with a soft little voice. They adore being around people and crave attention. They can get along with other pets and children and may often paw at you to play, get pet, and for some treats. Havanas also seem to have a natural inclination to play “fetch” and will run after a toy that you toss and bring it back or carry it around in their mouths for a few minutes before setting it down.
This social cat can also adapt to environmental changes very well without stressing too much. However, if you work long hours or have to spend considerable amounts of time away from home, it is best to get another cat for the havana brown to play with.
They require very little grooming, but do need to be brushed to prevent a dull coat and hairballs. They also may need to a wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any debris and excess oils to keep their coat looking shiny and lustrous.