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CFA Pedigreed Breed: Havana Brown

The Havana Brown is a hybrid, or man-made, breed. This delightful self-chocolate (solid brown) cat is the result of carefully planned breeding for a specific genetic design. Although documentation indicates that self-brown Siamese-type cats existed in England and Europe in the late 1800s, the Siamese Cat Club of Britain discouraged the breeding of any but blue-eyed Siamese in the 1920s, and the brown variant was abandoned.

In the early 1950s, a group of English breeders worked together to produce a self-brown cat. The cats used were a black domestic and a seal- or chocolate-point Siamese. Reportedly, an occasional Russian Blue was also used.

What makes a Havana Brown unique? The first thing an admirer notices is the glistening mahogany-toned glossy brown coat. The coat is smooth, lustrous, and close lying, with the feel of luxurious mink. A rich, evenly colored shade of warm chocolate brown tending more to red-brown is desirable. Their other incomparable feature is the distinctive head that is slightly longer than it is wide. The enticing green, oval-shaped eyes in combination with large, forward-tilted ears contribute to their alert sweet expression.

Havana Browns have a charming, playful manner and a soft, intimate voice. They often extend a paw as a means of contact or attempt to gain the attention of passersby, as well as using their paws to investigate curiosities by touching and feeling. A people-oriented breed, they quietly demand human companionship and adapt to most situations. This is the perfect cat for the person who wants a sociable, affectionate, and intelligent feline friend -- a cat who is as sweet in appearance and color as ... chocolate.

Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (c) 2011