Havana Brown


United Kingdom



Adult Weight

6-10 pounds

Life Span

12-15 years


Affectionate, people-oriented, alert, inquisitive


Chocolate Delight, Chestnut Foreign Shorthair, Suffolk, HB, Chestnut Brown, Swiss Mountain Cat, Havana


Medium-sized short-haired



Personality and Temperament

Friendly, intelligent, and playful, Havana Brown cats are excellent all-around companions for families of every kind. They are fond of children and their capable of forming lifelong bonds with other pets. All of these wonderful traits have earned the Havana Brown the nickname “Chocolate Delight.” These kitties are absolutely exquisite, with gorgeous chocolate coats and vibrant green eyes. No other cat looks quite like a Havana Brown. If you are hoping for an attentive pet, you might want to consider a Havana! These cats break through feline stereotypes that mention aloof, independent personalities; in fact, The Havana Brown is a charmer, thriving on human interaction. These kitties are not happy without their favorite humans by their sides.


Havana Brown cats have no special nutritional needs. At the same time, it is vital to provide a high- quality diet to support well-being. If you are not feeding fresh food, ensure that real meat or fish is the number one ingredient in the commercial diet you choose.
Thanks to their short coats, Havana Brown cats require no intensive grooming. You can keep your cat looking their best by removing loose hair with a soft brush once or twice per week. You might also want to polish your cat’s coat with a chamois or silk scarf after brushing. This will really bring out the shine! You can help your cat stay healthy by teaching them to allow you to brush their teeth. Last but not least, you might consider keeping their nails trimmed. Your furniture and clothing will thank you.
Havana Brown cats are playful by nature. Not only are they fond of showing off their athletic prowess by performing acrobatic leaps and high jumps, they appreciate rousing games of fetch and might bring you a favorite toy to encourage you to join in the fun.
Havana Brown cats are generally healthy, but those familiar with the breed have identified some issues that tend to occur at a higher than average rate.


Affection Level 100%
Activity Level 70%
Pet-Friendly 100%
Kid-Friendly 100%
Sociability 100%
Intelligence 100%
Playfulness 80%
Independence 10%
Vocality 100%
Grooming 10%


Even though solid brown cats are mentioned in the Tamra Maew Cat-Book Poems, an ancient manuscript that dates all the way back to 1350 c.e. when Siam was founded, the Havana Brown cat as we know it today is a fairly new breed. Those original ancient brown cats weren’t just beautiful companions, they were believed to offer protection from evil. As they were considered to be of such great value, a handful of self brown cats were brought to England from Siam at the end of the 19th century. They were described as being “Siamese, with coats of burnished chestnut, and greeny-blue eyes.” Not all of these early imports were genetically identical to today’s Havana Brown cats. Instead, they were probably Burmese, Tonkinese, and chocolate point Siamese. Some may have been the result of pairings between Siamese and domestic black or blue cats, resulting in cats that were similar to contemporary Havana Browns. Records show that solid brown cats were shown in Europe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1888, a brown cat was awarded first prize at an English show, providing more evidence that the cat fanciers of the era appreciated these stunning chocolate colored cats as much as we do today. By 1930 the British Siamese Cat Club band solid brown cats without blue eyes from competition, announcing that, “The club much regrets it is unable to encourage the breeding of any but blue-eyed Siamese.” Luckily, this wasn’t the end: Solid brown Siamese cats became popular again in the early 1950s. A few English cat breeders came together, studying chocolate gene inheritance and ultimately beginning a breeding program. They successfully paired Siamese cats with domestic shorthairs and a few Russian Blues to produce solid colored kittens the color of a Siamese cat’s chocolate points. It’s worth noting that these progeny were darker than Burmese kittens, which are a lighter sable color. In 1952, a solid chocolate kitten named Elmtower Bronze Idol was produced through the pairing of a seal point Siamese and a solid black cat, both known to carry the chocolate gene. This kitten, nicknamed Bronze Idol, carried the foundation genetics for today’s Havana Brown cats. The breed was accepted by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in 1958, but was named Chestnut Brown Foreign. In 1959, the breed was renamed. No one is certain whether the Havana Brown cat is named after Havana cigars or Havana rabbits; both the cigars and the rabbits share the Havana Brown cat’s rich coloring. In 1964, Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognized the Havana Brown and granted the breed championship status. The Havana Brown cat gene pool was closed out crossing in 1974 and by the early 1990s, the breed waseven more difficult to find and breeders were forced to pair closely related cats with one another. The Winn Feline Foundation and Doctor Leslie Lyons, Ph.D. of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at University of California, Davis stepped in, helping Havana Brown breeders develop a successful outcross program. In 1998, CFA decided to allow outcrossing to seal point and chocolate point Siamese cats, select Oriental Shorthair cats, and domestic shorthair cats with solid blue and solid black coloring. Kittens produced by mating registered Havana Brown cats with one of the allowable outcrosses could then be mated back to another Havana Brown. The resulting kittens could be registered and shown as Havana Browns so long as the breed standard was met. All major cat registries recognize the Havana cat. The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes the “Lilac” (dilute) color and calls the breed “Havana.” Other registries including the American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA) and Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) call the breed “Havana Brown.”

The Breed Standard


The Havana Brown is a medium-sized cat with a muscular body that is neither cobby nor overly long. Havana Brown cats typically feel heavier than they look.


The head should be longer than it is wide, with a strong chin and a muzzle that appears nearly square. There is a definite break behind the whisker pads.


The eyes should be oval-shaped and large. All green colors are acceptable; brighter colors are preferable. Changing eye color is allowed in Havana Brown cats up to one year of age.


A Havana Brown cat should have large ears with rounded tips. The ears should be wide set and alert with very little hair on the outside and almost nonexistent furnishings.

Legs & Paws

The legs should be long and slim, but not fine boned. The feet should be compact, with an oval shape.


The Havana Brown cat has a slender, medium long tail with a tapered end.


The coat should be short and smooth, with a very soft texture.


Chocolate-based colors are the only hues allowable. Eumelanistic lilac coloring is allowed by TICA so long as the cat has a chocolate base. Nose leather and paw pad coloring should be deep chocolate to black, complementing the cat's coat color.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a Havana Brown cat cost?

    How much does a Havana Brown cat cost?Havana Brown cats cost between $500-$1,500.
  • How big do Havana Brown cats get?

    How big do Havana Brown cats get?Havana Brown cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Havana Brown cat might weigh between 6-10 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 12"-14" inches tall.
  • How long do Havana Brown cats live?

    How long do Havana Brown cats live?The Average lifespan for Havana Brown is 12-15 years .
  • Do Havana Brown cats shed?

    Do Havana Brown cats shed?Havana Brown are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.
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