Havana Brown

Other names : Chestnut Brown Foreign, Chestnut Oriental Shorthair, Chestnut Havana

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Life expectancy

The Havana Brown has a life expectancy of between 15 and 20 years


Adult size

Female Between 9 and 11 in
Male Between 10 and 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 7 lb
Male Between 7 and 9 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Havana Brown costs approximately 300£

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More details about the Havana Brown

Havana Brown: Origins and history

Havana Browns are originally from Thailand, formerly known as the Kingdom of Siam. They are the result of a cross between the Tonkinese and Burmese breeds. At the time, it was said that they brought luck and protection against evil spirits. They disappeared from Europe after they were imported there because of a preference for cats with blue eyes, such as the Siamese.

After the Second World War, the Baroness Miranda Von Ullman wanted a chocolate Brown cat. With the import of Burmeses to England, the interest in this kind of colour was growing. Breeders began to pursue new reproduction programmes that crossed chocolate Siameses with black cats, Russian Blues or black Persians, thus introducing the plain chocolate brown pattern. From then, the English Siamese Cat Club would only accept Havana Browns with green eyes.

It was in 1952 that the first Havana Brown, called Elmtower Bronze Idol, was born, serving as ancestor of all Havana Browns that followed since. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) recognised the name Chestnut Foreign Shorthair in 1958, but in Europe they are known by the name Havana Brown. Their arrival in California dates back to 1976.

The Siamese type, elongated and muscular, was developed by the English, whereas the original, rectangular and muscular type was developed by the Americans.

Havana Brown: Purchase price

On average, the purchase price of a Chestnut Brown kitten is around £300, with some variation according to lineage, breeding, age or even sex. For your monthly budget, you should allow around £25 per month to meet their needs by giving them a quality diet and ensuring they stay in good health.

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