Havana brown

A rare breed that is a result of crossbreeding domestic black and a Siamese cats. This is the first variety of Oriental pets.

Energy level
Level of affection
Level of friendliness
female: 3—4 kg
male: 4—6 kg
female: 26—28 cm
male: 30—32 cm
requires little time
Gives birth to
Gives birth to:
2—3 kitten
United Kingdom
in 1959
Life span
Life span:
12—15 years


Havanas are affectionate and sociable cats. They like being the center of attention and are interested in everything that is going on around. These pets will participate in all family activities. Even if there are many guests in the house, these pets will not hide. Havanas get very attached to people and do not get easily through loneliness. They need a lot of attention. Isolation affects their health in a negative way. This breed is not for busy people.

Havana Brown cats get on well with other animals and never show aggression. These pets are active and enjoy playing. They will become ideal friends for small children. Parents should not worry about their kid`s safety while he is playing with the cat. If the child accidentally hurts the pet — it will simply run away.


Havana Browns are of medium size. Their body is strong and muscular.
Short and shiny. Feels smooth when touched. It is similar to mink`s hair.
Sometimes it is of medium length.
Such colors are acceptable: solid chocolate and lilac. This is the only breed that presents different colors of whiskers.
Long, wedge-shaped.
Of medium size, oval-shaped, wide-set. Their color is of any shade of gray.
Very big and wide. They get thinner towards rounded tips.
Long, proportional to body length.
Muscular, hind legs are longer that front ones.
Of medium length, proportional to the body.

Basic Care

Havana Brown cats do not require much time to be groomed. Their short hair needs to be brushed once a week. During the molting period — in spring and fall — twice a week, using a brush for short-haired cats. Then pet your cat with wet hands to take off left hairs.

Pets need to be given a bath few times a year, using a special shampoo for short-haired breeds. Then wipe them with a towel. Hairdryers damage shiny coat of Havana Brown cats. Pet`s teeth should be brushed once a week in order to prevent inflammation of gums. Trim cat`s claws when needed. Wipe mucus from its eyes using a wet fabric. Wipe each eye separately so that diseases do not start developing. Clean cat`s ears when needed. 

Diet of Havana Brown cats is nothing special. They can be fed with either high-quality dry feed or natural food. These pets are prone to obesity, that is why size of portions needs to be controlled. An adult cat has to eat twice a day, kitten under the age of 1,5 years — three times a day. Such natural ingredients can be given to the cat: not greasy meat — chicken or beef; boneless sea fish; all kinds of grains; fat free dairy products — cottage cheese, sour cream and kefir. Floury and sweet products cannot be given to cats.

Taking into consideration the fact that Havanas are active cats, they need much free space for comfortable life. These pets like climbing on cupboards and shelves. There is no place where this curious cat would not be able to go. That is why it is recommended to create a play area for it. Havanas like being walked outside. It is important not to let them walk by themselves while being in the street. Because of curiosity, the pet might run away. Then, it will be hard to find it.

Health and Illnesses

Havanas can live up to 15 years if treated well. Serious hereditary health issues are absent in this breed. They only inherited gingivitis from Siamese cats.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of gums. If you do not take care of cat`s oral cavity, this disorder might lead to loss of teeth. Some pets are prone to infections of the upper respiratory tract. That is why they need to be regularly vaccinated.

History of the Breed

The official history of Havana Brown cats began in 1950. These cats with chocolate coat color have not been considered as a separate breed for many centuries. They were thought to be Siamese cats. However, the two breeds appeared in Europe at the same time. In 1920, the British Club of Siamese Cats decided that brown cats, that did not have blue eyes, were no longer of interest. Because of popularity of Siamese cats and WWII, Havana Brown cats disappeared. 

Breed`s revival started in 1950. Fans of brown cats united for breeding work. They were called The Havana Group. Pet owners were crossbreeding Siamese and European domestic cats of black color. As a result, kittens with chocolate coat color were born. At first, they were called «Chestnut Shorthair», but later, the breed was given the name that it still holds today.

The breed was officially registered in 1959, but only in Great Britain. Until it gained worldwide recognition, very few representatives of the breed were remaining. In 1990, while being registered by the CFA, breed`s phenotype counted 12 cats. After 30 years of breeding work, the popularity of Havana Brown cats increased again.