History & Overview
This breed was created in England in the 1950s, and is so named because its color resembles the tobacco in Havana cigars. Because the name lead to confusion about the breed’s origins, British breeders once called this breed the Chestnut Brown, but the original name prevailed. The American Havana is sturdier than the British Havana.
The Havana Brown has a charming, pleasant demeanor, although many of them can be aloof and shy, so socialization is a must when they are kittens. The more outgoing ones can be a little chatty, so be aware of this aspect of their nature if you want a quiet pet.
Havanas often like to use their paws to investigate things they are curious about by touching and feeling them. This is a perfect pet for a person who wants a sociable, affectionate, and intelligent feline friend. They can get along with other pets with the right introduction.
Overall, this is a medium-sized cat. Males are larger and more heavily boned than females. The Havana’s coat is short, with a smooth and soft-to-the-touch texture. Lilacs may have fuller coats. Kittens and young adults have ghost tabby marks that disappear with age, leaving a rich shade of brown. The eyes are green in color.
Use of Russian Blue introduced the dilution trait, which resulted in occasional lilac kittens. They are recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) in which the breed name is simply Havana.