Havana cat licking her mouth.

Havana Cat Breed

A gentle, playful cat, this breed enjoys an indoor life and adapts to any situation with poise and confidence.

A rare breed with a confusing background, the Havana (originally known as the Havana Brown) was developed to have two different looks, both with a rich brown coat. In the UK, the cat was produced through crosses with the Siamese and domestic shorthairs.

This version, which had the long, lean Siamese conformation, was eventually classified as a solid-colored Oriental Shorthair. In North America, breeders did not use the Siamese, resulting in a cat with a rounder face and less elongated body (shown here).

The stunning Havana is hard to ignore, but if it does not receive attention it will certainly seek it. This affectionate cat likes to be close to people at all times.

The phrase chocolate delight is often used by Havana enthusiasts to describe this charming chocolate-brown cat.

Origin: US, 1950s

Breed registries: CFA, TICA

Weight range: 6–10 lb (2.5–4.5 kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Rich brown and lilac.