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The stunning Havana Brown is a cross between a Siamese and a domestic black cat. This hybrid feline was first created in the 1950s by a group of British breeders. At this time, they were known as the Chestnut Brown Oriental.
Cat Fanciers Association accepted Havana Browns in 1959. However, this gorgeous tobacco-coloured kitty is one of the rarest breeds around, with only about 1,000 of them in the world today.
Meet the Havana Brown cat
The Havana Brown is a medium-sized cat, weighing 6 to 10 pounds. Males tend to have a more athletic figure than females, who have slender rather than muscular legs. Although they appear black at first glance, their short fur is a warm brown, usually a rich mahogany tone, with matching whiskers. There are also a few Lilac Havana cats with a pinkish-grey colour, but this variety is scarce.
The most distinctive features of a Havana Brown are its oval-shaped green eyes set wide apart and its large ears that tilt forward. These sit on a long, narrow head accompanied by a broad nose and rounded muzzle. Also, unlike other dark-coloured cats, the Havana Brown’s paw pads are pink or rose rather than black.
The Havana Brown’s short fur is silky, soft and easy to groom. It does not shed much, and they generally take good care of it themselves. However, you can help to keep it smooth and shiny with weekly brushing.
The temperament of a Havana Brown
Havana Brown cats are affectionate, playful and intelligent. However, like the Siamese, they crave human interaction and can be pretty needy. If they do not receive the attention they need, they will display their unhappiness through destructive behaviour. Therefore, if you choose a Havana Brown, ensure you have plenty of time and energy for this vibrant kitty.
One trait they didn’t inherit from their Siamese ancestors is high vocality. Thankfully, Havana Browns tend to be pretty quiet and will follow you around and rub their head against you to get your attention rather than endlessly meow.
They are incredibly confident cats that can adapt well to any change. They enjoy busy environments where there is lots of action, and they have no fear of strangers. They also accept children, other cats and dogs and don’t have a territorial or alpha-cat disposition.
Havana Browns adore playtime, but they are not a kitty who will play happily on their own. They need interactive play sessions and challenging games to keep them mentally and physically healthy and happy. They can get bored of their toys quickly, so it’s best to rotate them every few days to prevent this. After a satisfying play session, your Havana will thank you with some head nubs or a snuggle on your lap.
10 reasons to add a Havana Brown to your family
- They are super intelligent - Havanas can crack any puzzle toy you give them and learn tricks and commands effortlessly.
- They are curious explorers - Your Havana will adorably explore any new object in the home using its paws. Marvel at them in wonder as they pick up and hold small things.
- They are less vocal than the Siamese - Not only do they not meow as much as their ancestors, but their noises are much more pleasant, too.
- They are confident and friendly - A Havana Brown will make friends with anyone and loves when guests come to visit. This is not limited to 2-legged creatures, as they are known to make friends with other felines and even friendly canines.
- You can travel with them - Because Havanas are so adaptable, they enjoy car rides and travelling. They will undoubtedly be happier if you take them on holiday with you rather than leave them at home.
- They have matching whiskers - Not only is their fur a lush chocolate brown colour, but their whiskers uniquely match their coat, too.
- The breed was recreated various times - Havana Browns have been recreated to perfection, making them as healthy as a mixed breed can be.
- They don’t shred much - You won’t find dark cat hair all over your furnishings as Havana Browns have very low shedding levels and minimal grooming needs.
- They are excellent company - Your Havana Brown will regularly chat to you, follow you around, lay by your feet, and snuggle up on your lap. In short, you’ll never feel lonely with a Havana Brown cat.
- They will settle in instantly and adapt well to any change - When you bring a Havana Brown cat home, they will quickly settle in and bond with you. Moreover, whether you move house or have a baby, a Havana cat will take any new change in their stride throughout their lives.
Best homes for a Havana Brown cat
While some cats prefer quiet, predictable environments, a Havana Brown thrives in the opposite type of home. This feline loves activity and will make themselves the centre of the action in the house. They love busy family homes, and they thrive on social interaction.
Therefore, if you live alone and work full time, a Havana Brown is not the best breed for you. They quickly get lonely when left alone. Without someone there to keep them entertained, they will make their unhappiness known upon your return.
Most Havana Brown cats will do fine around other animals and young children. However, like always, be sure you do a proper introduction process in the beginning