Havana Brown

Personality:

Affectionate, gentle, and eager to please.
Curious and enthusiastic to participate in household activities.
Only breed in which the show standard specifies that whisker color must complement coat color.
Frequently stand or sit with an elevated, outstretched paw.
Enjoy carrying things in their mouths.
Very loud purr.

History:

Originated in England in the early 1950′s, the result of crossing black domestic cats, chocolate-point Siamese, and Russian Blues in order to create a cat with a brown coat and green eyes. First Havana Browns were imported to the United States in the mid-1950′s. Recognized for championship status in the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1964. The International Cat Association (TICA) accepts Havanas with lilac-colored coats and therefore deletes the word brown from the breed title.

Body Type:

Medium-sized, well-balanced cat that is mid-range between the thick-set cobby and svelte foreign body type.
Distinctive head with a square, corncob muzzle that appears like a protrusion to the face rather than as an extension of the head.
Ears are large and round tipped.
Eyes are oval, medium sized and can be any shade of vivid green.

Coat:

Coat is short, smooth, and lustrous.
Color is a rich mahogany brown, free of any markings.

Health and Wellness:

Although the Havana Brown is generally a hardy breed, some lines have a tendency to develop sinus problems when exposed to sudden changes in temperature or humidity.
Gene pools tend to be small.
Check with your breeder for immune system deficiencies that can sometimes result from close breedings.

What you should know:

Try to keep your Havana in a controlled, dry environment.

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