Havana Brown Cats
A Fanciful Hybrid
The Havana brown cat is a rare breed. Not only has it struggled to exist over the years, it is the only all-brown cat breed from nose to tail, with the exception of its green eyes.
Although a limited number of Havana brown cats can be found nationwide, their owners profess their popular characteristics: charm, playfulness and affection.
The Havana brown cat is a hybrid creation, the result of breeding a black domestic shorthair cat with a chocolate point Siamese cat in the late 19th century.
The breed was also called “self-brown cat” and “Swiss mountain cat” at one point in time.
By the 1940s, however, the breed suffered as a result of World War II and it took the renewed efforts of a group of English cat fanciers to restore the breed. The first recognized Havana brown cat was bred in 1952.
The Havana brown cat has since become well-known for its championship status amongst cat fancier association competitions, although the breed itself is still considered rare due to a notably small breeding pool.
Havana brown cats prefer to stay close to home and near their favorite people.
Not particularly outdoor adventurers, this breed likes the confines of its home and is therefore ideal for apartment dwelling.
This cat breed is known to be very affectionate and charming, typically bonding closely with one person in the family, although considered a people-oriented cat in general.
Havana brown cat owners have noted the common usage of a paw to gain attention. The breed also displays an affinity for climbing.
The Havana brown cat breed is not known to be very social with other species of pets, such as dogs. If you have a multiple pet household, start first with several rounds of patient training for all pets involved.
True to its namesake, the Havana brown cat is brown, compared both to the color of a Havana cigar and the Havana rabbit.
The breed’s coat is a rich, glossy chestnut color in medium length. Even the cat’s whiskers and nose are brown. One standout feature: the Havana brown cat’s green eyes.
Overall, the Havana brown cat’s frame and features are akin to that of a Siamese cat.
While these may be common medical conditions, your Havana brown cat will not necessarily develop any of those listed below. Choosing a reputable breeder from which to purchase your pet will help minimize the risks.
Hemophilia is a disorder that results in an inability to clot blood. Consequences can be severe as even the simplest injury (bump or bruise) can result in major bleeding. Hemophilia has been seen in the Havana Brown breed.
Urinary tract disorders have been reported as occurring relatively frequently in Havana Brown cats so be sure to monitor your cats urine habits to be aware of any changes in frequency, color or volume.
An upper respiratory infection can occur anywhere in the respiratory system, from a nose tickle producing a sneeze, to trauma in the chest causing labored breathing and shock. Virtually all conditions of the respiratory system cause sneezing, a nasal discharge, or changes in your cat's regular breathing pattern.
While this may be common in the breed, your Havana brown cat may not necessarily develop such a condition.
As with any pet, be sure to regularly consult a veterinarian for routine care and medical advice for your four-legged friend.