Kitten History: Havana Brown

Your kitten's coat of rich, warm colors of brown earned him the name Havana Brown.

By Stacy Hackett

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Havana Brown© Helmi FlickThe rich mahogany color of your Havana Brown kittens coat brings to mind the dark color of tobacco in fact, your kitten owes his name to this resemblance. Like a fine Cuban cigar, his coat picks up all the warm shades of brown that earned the breed its name.

Brown cats appeared in the organized cat fancy as early as 1890, parading through shows in Europe. They disappeared for many years until resurfacing in the early 1950s. A group of dedicated British breeders worked to isolate the genetics of a self-brown cat, producing a chestnut brown kitten from a black shorthair and a chocolate point Siamese.

The breed soon made its way to the United States, imported by Elsie Quinn of Quinn Cattery. The first American-bred Havana Brown, Quinns Brown Satin of Sidlo, was the first Havana Brown to achieve Grand Championship status in the Cat Fanciers Association in 1959. Today, all U.S. Havana Browns can trace their lineage back to Brown Satin. 

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Sharon    Angleton, TX

12/2/2014 2:00:41 PM

I have a chocolate male cat that I bred by accident. Was wondering if anyone can give me any advise on whether he is a true Havana Brown. He was from a Calico female bred by a Siamese male. Original grandmother was a solid black cat. He is a 3rd generation cat

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

9/14/2013 10:42:21 PM

Beautiful! I want to eat it up!

Sandra    rye, NH

6/6/2012 5:07:13 AM

i have a cat that is all brown (mahogany colored) with brown whiskers, he has the markings of a siamese cat( ears, face, tail, and feet are a darker brown).
he has large blue eyes and a wide nose...which makes him look cross-eyed. is he considered a siamese or a havana brown cat?

Carolyn Huddy    Sammamish, WA

4/18/2010 9:27:47 PM

The First American Bred HB was not Quinn's Brown Satin of Sidlo. Satin was the first Grand Champion. The first American born litter of the two imports were Umber, Sam and Autumn. Umber, a brown color, Sam for Uncle Sam and Autumn for the time of year they were born. Collectively it spelled USA

I played with these cats as a kid.

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