While many people think based on the breed’s name, that it originated in Cuba, it did not. It’s not clear where the name originated, but one theory is the cat was named after a breed of rabbit – the Havana Brown – that shared the same coat color.
We do know that in Britain, brown cats have been shown for a long time. The Havana Brown in Europe is built like a Chestnut Oriental Short hair. The first Havana Brown to be imported into the United States was Roofspringer Mahogany
Quinn (pictured at right). To build the bloodlines and to give the breed a more distinctive look, Russian Blues and Chocolate Point Siamese were introduced into the early breeding programs. The Havana Brown that evolved out of the first breeding programs is the cat of today which no longer resembles the Siamese-type cat shown in Europe.
RW SGC/SGCA Susitna Ladys Gwendolyn Rose
(pictured below) in Top Ten final at TICA show
in Waxahachie Texas (November 2008)
The Havana Brown is the only breed of cat that has the
following unique characteristics:
A Havana Brown is of medium build, and as judges say “should stand tall on their legs”. They should not be built like an Oriental Short hair, nor be cobby. You can learn more about the breed standard by visiting
http://tica.org/public/breeds/hb/intro.php. You’ll note in the breed standards, CFA and TICA are very similar, but vary in the point system used by the judges.
- Color - a rich and even shade of warm brown, it tends toward Mahogany rather than black-brown
- Ears - are large, round-tipped and cupped at the base. Wide-set but not flaring, they also tilt forward giving the cat an alert appearance
- Eyes - any vivid and level shade of green, with the deeper the color the better. They are medium-sized, set wide apart, brilliant, alert and expressive.
- Head - viewed from above, the head is longer than it
is wide, narrowing to a rounded muzzle with a
pronounced break on both sides behind the whisker
pads. The chin and end of the nose should form a
perpendicular line, making the head more square at the
profile than round.