The unusual head shape of the Havana, which is longer than it is wide, sets him apart. Below are all of Havana Brown’s qualities.
Havana Brown Mixed Cat Breed Picture
Havana Brown – Mixed Cat Breed Characteristics
Affectionate with Family
Amount of Shedding
Potential for Playfulness
Tendency to Vocalize
Friendly Toward Strangers
Easy to Groom
|10 to 15 years
|12 to 15 inches
|6 to 10 pounds
How did a Southeast Asian-born, brown cat with the reputation for offering protection from evil become known as a Swiss Mountain Cat, and how did it later take on the name Havana Brown? History has lost the full answers to those questions, but it appears that solid-brown Siamese-type cats from Thailand were displayed in Britain in the 1890s. They somehow came to be known as the Swiss Mountain Cat during that time.
Brown cats without blue eyes were deemed unattractive in 1920 by the Siamese Cat Club of Britain, and that was that. Before a group of British cat breeders set out to identify the genetic make-up of a self-brown (solid-colored) cat in the 1950s, breeders lost interest in them. The outcome of their cross between a shorthaired black cat and a chocolate-point Siamese was a male chestnut-brown kitten.
The development of what became known as the Havana Brown, whose only connection to Cuba is the alleged similarity of his color to that of a fine Havana cigar, may also have involved Russian Blues and Burmese. But as it turned out, a breeding between a black shorthair and a seal-point Siamese carrying the chocolate gene was the most effective and frequently used to produce a self-brown cat, according to an article in the 1982 CFA Yearbook.
With so many aliases, the cats—also known as Chestnut Foreign Shorthair—might have been Cold War Cuban spies when they were first imported into the country in the 1950s. At that point, the breed started to split in two. He is currently regarded as a brown Oriental Shorthair in Britain. He is known as the Havana Brown in the United States and differs from his British cousin in terms of body and head type.
In 1964, the Cat Fanciers Association approved the breed. The genetic diversity of the Havana Brown is in danger because he is a rare breed. An outcrossing program that was started in 1998 and allows the cats to be bred to unregistered domestic shorthair cats that are black or blue, certain colors of Oriental shorthair cats, or chocolate-point or seal-point Siamese has helped to support it.
It is possible to breed Havana Browns with the kittens that result from those matings. Those kittens can be registered as Havana Browns if they have the Havana Brown coloring.
A medium-sized cat, the Havana weighs 6 to 10 pounds.
Whether or not the cat with the deep tobacco color known as the Havana Brown was named after the addictive leaf, those who get to know them quickly develop an addiction to them. They are gregarious and outgoing. As you go about your day, be prepared for one to follow you around the house.
The Havana can be demanding and talkative, like most cats with Siamese ancestry, but his voice is softer and his personality more subdued. He is intelligent and enjoys the challenge of puzzle and teaser toys. The adoring Havana will happily settle on your lap once he has finished playing.
Pedigreed and mixed-breed cats both have varying rates of health issues that could be genetic in origin. Although most Havana Browns are healthy, some can be susceptible to upper respiratory infections, especially when they are young.
With a quick weekly combing, the Havana Brown’s short, smooth coat is simple to maintain. It will shine if you use a chamois to polish it. Rarely is a bath necessary. To prevent periodontal disease, brush your teeth. Although daily brushing is preferred, once a week is still preferable to never. Twice a month, trim your nails.
To get rid of any discharge, use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the corners of your eyes. To prevent the spread of any infection, use a different area of the cloth for each eye. Each week, check your ears. If they appear to be dirty, clean them with a cotton ball or soft, damp cloth dipped in a 50/50 solution of warm water and cider vinegar. Cotton swabs shouldn’t be used because they can harm the ear’s interior. Maintain a spotless litter box.
Cats are extremely picky about bathroom cleanliness. A Havana Brown cat should only be kept indoors to protect him from illnesses spread by other cats, dog or coyote attacks, and other risks that cats who go outside face, like being hit by a car. Havana Browns who venture outside also run the risk of being taken by a person who wants to own such a stunning cat without having to pay for it.
Coat Design and Maintenance
Even the Havana Brown’s whiskers are a distinctive shade of brown. Only he has a breed standard that specifies the color of his whiskers, which are naturally brown to match his coat. Bright green eyes with an oval shape peer out from all that minky-brown richness. The Havana is unique in having a head shape that is longer than it is wide. oversized ears lean forward.
His short, silky fur is a rich, warm reddish-brown color and covers his firm, muscular body. The faintest traces of tabby markings may be present in kittens and young adults, but these go away as they get older. The paw pads are a rosy brown color, and the nose leather has a rosy flush.
Kids and other animal
The Havana Brown can make a good friend for a youngster who treats him well. He is playful and intelligent. He’s one of those cats who likes to play fetch and pick up new skills, and because of his high level of energy, he won’t tire out before the kid does.
Because of his friendly nature, he enjoys living with other cats and canine companions who get along with cats. To ensure that they learn to get along with one another, introduce pets gradually and under controlled conditions.