The burgundy-colored, smooth, glossy coated Havana Brown gleams like a beacon in the light. These medium-sized cats have firm, muscular bodies (and are surprisingly heavy). Havana Browns have a distinctive head shape. They are longer than they are wide. The head narrows to a narrow-ish rounded muzzle. Fanciers liken a Havana Brown head to a corn cob or a light bulb. The muzzle just doesn’t look like an extension of the head. Wide-set oval eyes are green, expressive and alert. The ears are set wide apart and are large and rounded at the tips. Tails are slender and medium in length. Males tip the scales at 8 to 10 pounds, females weigh in between 6 to 8 pounds.
The Havana Brown breed is as old as the Siamese and they come from the same area — Siam (now Thailand). Solid brown cats were the first cats of Siam to be transferred to Britain in the late 1800s. World War II decimated the breed until fanciers took an interest in re-establishing the Havana Brown breed in 1952. They used seal and chocolate-point Siamese, black domestic shorthairs and a limited amount of Russian Blues. In 1970 the breed was named British Havana. (North American Havanas look much different than British Hananas.) North American Havanas can trace their lineage back to a female named Roofspringer Mahogany Quinn.
But where did the Havana name come from? There are two popular stories: the breed was named after the Havana Rabbit (the cats are similar in color and the rabbit is considered the mink of the rabbit family) or that they were named for the color of Cuban cigars. Either (or neither) of these stories could be true, no one knows for sure.
Havana Browns are not too active, nor are they couch potatoes. They provide a wonderful balance between. They are intelligent, affectionate, gentle, agreeable and possess a wonderful adaptive quality. They take any situation in stride. They make excellent family pets and get along well with other cats, children and cat-friendly dogs. Havanas crave human interaction and don’t do well if they’re neglected or left alone for long periods. Closed doors are not allowed — they like to be involved. When your Havana is getting enough of your time, he will be a perpetual purring machine, completely devoted and enthralled with you. (Humans are their favorite toys.) Havanas would rather have your undivided attention at playtime than a room full of catnip mice. To help keep your Havana happy when you’re out working, you’ll need to provide him with a kitty (or canine) companion.