havana brown breed information
common health issues
Though the name may suggest it originated in Cuba, the ancestors of the Havana Brown actually emerged in Thailand before being brought to England and Europe in the 1800s. There, it was bred as a chocolate brown strain of the Siamese cat. Breeding was mostly abandoned in 1920, however, when it fell out of style to breed anything other than a blue-eyed Siamese. In 1950, the breed made a comeback. A black cat was crossed with a seal point Siamese cat, producing the first cat to be called the Havana Brown.
Sporting a rich, chocolate-colored coat and stunning jade green eyes, the Havana Brown certainly makes an impression. They are a breed demanding of human attention and are not suitable for households constantly on the run. They are a playful, active breed and can adapt to any situation, just as long as they have their families.
Luckily, the breed itself is not known to be affected by any hereditary conditions, though because they descend from Siamese cats, it is reasonable to think that they are prone to conditions common in that breed. Some of the conditions and illnesses that can adversely affect your Havana’s health – and your budget – include blood disorders such as hyperlipidemia; eye conditions such as glaucoma; metabolic disorders such as mucopolysaccharidosis; kidney diseases such as amyloidosis; and muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your chair-climbing kitty’s health ever falters, you’re protected.