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Description of Havana Brown Cat

´╗┐The Breed History

In Britain around the year 1951, a cross between a seal point Siamese and a black part-Siamese shorthair cat produced a solid brown offspring named Elmtower Bronze Idol, the first cat in the GCCF registry for the breed. Brown colored cats had already arrived from Europe much earlier (reported to be in the 1890s in a London cat show; perhaps the oldest being Granny Grumps). These chocolate solid foreign-type cats were called Chestnut Brown Foreign for a while. At some point, Russian Blues were reported to be introduced into the breed during outcrossing. The name Havana may originate from the rabbit breed that has the same coloring, or perhaps they are so-named because they are brown like Havana cigars. The word brown was added to the Havana name when the breed was imported to the USA in 1956. American Havana Browns generally derive from one champion sire, Quinn's Brown Satin of Sidlo. Roofspringer Mahogany Quinn was the foundation female in America, and Sildo's mother. These cats were recognized first as the Chestnut Foreign Shorthair by GCCF in 1958 and the name was changed to Havana in 1970. In some registries, Havana is the preferred breed name since lilac color is now also accepted. In the CFA the Havana Brown (as it is now called in America) was accepted for championship status in 1964. There is only very limited outcrossing (pre-approval required) allowed in CFA and none allowed in TICA. For a while (1974) CFA cut off outcrossing, but breeders petitioned the organization to help them diversify the gene pool in the late 1990s. The British version, the Havana or Chestnut Brown Foreign cat is more like a Chestnut Oriental Shorthair cat of CFA in breed standard for conformation; the American cat is more moderate in build. This is a very rare breed; in 1998, 1000 cats in total were registered, with 130 in the breeding pool at only 12 active CFA catteries, and in 1997 only 36 cats were registered in the CFA. As a note aside, Havana and Serval (African Wildcat) hybridization has lead to a newer breed, Savannah.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: Females 6-8 lb (2.5-3.5 kg), males 8-10 lb (3.5-4.5 kg)

Coat: A rich shiny chocolate brown-mahogany color with no markings; brown pigmentation also include the whiskers, nose leather and pads. The coat is a medium short close lying coat. They may have ghost tabby markings as kittens; with reddish highlights. Note that TICA recognizes lilac colored cats also, but CFA does not.

Eyes: Oval eyes are medium in size, and are any shade of green with a darker richer color preferred.

Points of Conformation: The head is long and there is a distinct stop and distinct pinch behind the whisker pad, with a so-called "corn-cob" or "hour glass" muzzle-this is a breed distinguishing feature. Ears are large with rounded tips, tipping forward, and also lightly haired and furnished. They possess a lithe medium length body, medium size and length of neck, long legs, and a medium thickness, tapering long tail. A foreign type, the Havana Brown is not as tubular as Siamese or Oriental breed cats. Paws are small, compact and oval shaped.

Grooming: Little grooming needed. Quick weekly brush with rubber brush, chamois or soft cloth is fine.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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