Sunday, August 26, 2012
These cats weren't introduced to Europe and England until 1800s. Their road to an established breed was rocky because at one time Siamese breeders only accepted solid browns with blue eyes.
The breed, as its known today, wasn't established until 1958, at which time it was called Chestnut Brown, later changed to Havana Brown.
This cat's body type depends on whether it was bred in England or America. American Havana's have a more standard body style. The English version has the sleeker Siamese look.
Havanas have rich brown coats, large ears and bright green eyes. The coats can be short or medium. Some kittens have a slight bit of tabby in their coat.
The average weight for these kitties is six to ten pounds. The males tend to weigh more than the females.
Havanas are affectionate cats and crave attention from their owners. These cats are adaptable and not high maintenance. They also like to play fetch. When they want to gain your attention, they reach out their paws to touch you. Havanas are good travelers, require minimum grooming and don't shed too much.
Health issues to watch out for with this breed are: urinary tract infections, upper respiratory, and hemophilia. They can live fifteen to twenty years.
While compared to other breeds, these cats are rare, they can be found in rescue.
They are also known as Swiss Mountain cats.
There's a differing opinion on whether the cat was named after the Havana rabbit or cigar. Which do you think it was named for?