18 May, 2016
Havana Brown Cat
Havana Brown Cat
Unlike it’s name the Havana Brown cat breed has a Southeast Asian origin, and was believed to offer protection from evil spirits. So how did it come to be known as a Swiss Mountain Cat, and how did it then adopt the name Havana Brown? The answers to those questions are long forgotten but what is known is that these solid-brown cats of some Siamese type from Thailand were exhibited in Britain in the 1890s. It’s was there that they acquired the name Swiss Mountain Cat.
Havana Brown Cat Information
It was in 1920 that the Siamese Cat Club of Britain decided that brown cats without blue eyes were no longer desirable, and that was that. Breeders lost interest in them until the 1950s, when a group of British cat breeders set themselves the task of determining the genetic makeup of a self-brown (solid-colored) cat. They eventually produced a male chestnut-brown kitten, the result of a cross between a shorthaiared black cat and a chocolate-point Siamese.
Russian Blues and Burmese may also have played a role in the development of what came to be known as the Havana Brown (whose only connection to Cuba is the supposed resemblance of his color to that of a fine Havana cigar). But as it turned out, according to an article in the 1982 CFA Yearbook, the most successful and most often used breeding to produce a self-brown cat was between a black shorthair and a seal-point Siamese carrying the chocolate gene.
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