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Havana cat overview

Self Brown cats existed in England in the late 1800s but the Havana Brown breed was developed in the UK in the 1950s by crossing a seal point Siamese with a black domestic cat. In 1958, the GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) accepted the breed for championship competition under the name Chestnut Brown Foreign. In 1970, the name changed to Havana.

The cat was also known at one time as the Swiss Mountain Cat.
A female reached the USA in the mid-1950s and all North American Havana Browns can trace their ancestry back to this cat. In North America, the breed has maintained the name and the original look of the early imports. 

The Havana is the only cat whose breed standard requires a specific whisker colour. They have a nicely balanced temperament, are very intelligent, affectionate, gently and adaptable. Make good family pets. People-oriented and love human companionship. Requires little grooming and don't shed as much as most other breeds.

Other known names for Havana cat

Havana Brown, Swiss Mountain Cat

Havana cat foreign names

Havanna (German), Habana (Spanish)


United Kingdom

Breed number/code

No 29 (GCCF)

Biological data

Medium sized cat.
Firm muscular body and an overall moderate body type.
Head is distinctive - it is longer than it is wide, arrowing to a narrow, rounded muzzle with a pronounced break on both sides behind the whisker pads. Described as a corn cob muzzle.
Wide-set ears are large but not flared, rounded at tips and cupped at base. They are tilted forward giving the cat an alert appearance.
Medium-sized, oval eyes are set wide apart.
Legs appear long in proportion to their bodies (more noticeable in females than in more muscular males).
Breed surprisingly heavy for its size.
Hair quality
Coat is smooth and glossy, short to medium in length.
Rich mahogany brown (only color recognized for showing in CFA)
Lilac (lavender) (dilute colour, which is registerable but can only be shown as Any Other Variety (AOV)).

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Havana cat – Breed standard

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Havana cat references and further reading

Havana Brown Cats and Kittens
Havana Brown Breed Council

Havana and Oriental Lilac Club

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Havana cat photo by Sally Anne Thompson Animal Photography
AP-L39JAB - Havana cat
Photo © Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson