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Havana Brown - Breed Profile:

Origin: Siam (now Thailand)
Colors: Brown or lilac (lavender)
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Moderately docile

Physical characteristics

The Havana Brown is a medium size cat with an athletic body. The legs are slim but muscular, well-proportioned to the body. The head has a very recognizable shape: it's slightly longer than wide, narrowing to a rounded muzzle with a distinctive break on both the sides behind the whisker pads. The nose has a noticeable stop at the eyes. The muzzle looks more like a protrusion of the head rather than its prolongation. The ears are large and and rounded at the tips. The oval-shaped eyes are set wide and have a very expressive look. Their colour can be any vivid shade of green. This breed is rather heavy for its size.


Havana Browns are wonderful cats with a very balanced nature: neither overly active nor too placid. They are intelligent and gentle, affectionate and self-confident. They are also known to be pretty adaptable, which makes them very good family pets. Properly introduced, they get on well with cat-friendly dogs and other pets in the house. Havanas hate closed doors and will want to take part in everything you do. They love to play with humans more than with anything else. Well, they could, actually, play with a cat toy, but only if you're there to toss it back. Havana Browns love attention and interaction with humans, so do not leave them alone for too long. If it's a necessity and you have to work hard, consider getting another cat breed. Given enough attention, Havanas become truly devoted companions.

Coat and grooming

The coat of Havana Browns is sleek and smooth, very glossy and close-lying, with a beautiful reddish-brown shim in the light. It requires little grooming, and shedding is also very little.
Havana Brown cats come in solid brown (mahogany) or lilac colours. The whisker colour must match the coat colour.


Havana Brown cats are naturally healthy and robust.

Other interesting facts

The Havana Brown is the only cat breed whose standards require a specific whisker colour.
The breed is difficult to find.