The Havana lives up to its name not only because its rich, brown coat resembles the colour of the expensive cigar tobacco, but also because it has the elegance, refined manners, and distinctive history that reeks of exclusivity.
During the 1950s in Great Britain a Seal-point Siamese crossed to a black shorthaired cat of Siamese ancestry formed the foundation of the breed, which was recognized in 1958. The British breeding program continued to use Siamese outcrosses, but American breeders decided to prohibit the use of Siamese, preferring the look of the original imports, was less Oriental in type, and which they called the Havana Brown.
The Havana is an active, affectionate, and highly intelligent cat.
There is one colour variety, the Frost, which is exclusive to the US, where also the breed is judged by a different standard to the British. The American Havana Brown is a more sturdy cat, with a medium-length torso, a rounder face, oval eyes, rounded-tipped ears, and longer fur.
The Havana’s original name of Chestnut Brown Foreign Shorthair perhaps more accurately describes its origins.
Long svelte and muscular with long slender neck.
The fur is very short and glossy, the colour should be an even, rich, chestnut-brown.
Long and elegant.
Long and slim. Forelegs are shorter than the hind legs.
The paws are small and oval with pads that should be either brown or rosy-pink in colour.
Long and wedge-shaped, with a short, straight nose that should have a brown or rosy-pink pad.
Almond-shaped, slanted, and pale to mid-green in colour.
Large, with slightly pointed tips.
The American Havana tends to be more quiet than its British cousin.