Havana Brown breed standard (concise and illustrated)

This is a short discussion about selected parts of the Havana Brown breed standard (CFA) with the benefit of being able to look at the best photographs of the best cats of this breed at the same time.

Fraulein Katz Head Shot Close up by Helmi Flick
Fraulein Katz Head Shot Close up by (copyright) Helmi Flick
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My first impression of this cat is the open expression and the lustrous red-brown coat on a medium quite slender (but not overly so) body that is well proportioned. The CFA standard says that the overall impression is of a medium-sized cat with a rich solid coat colour and good muscle tone.

The eyes I think are a fine match, aesthetically, to this cat’s superb coat.

The breed standard says that the eyes should be oval in shape and medium-sized. They should be brilliant, alert and expressive. You can see all three qualities in abundance in the photographs of Fraulein Katz and Cocoa.

The head is a little on the long side (CFA says longer than it is wide). The head though is not unnaturally long so as to look artificial.

The muzzle is “somewhat” narrow. This characteristic should be evident in this breed.

Havana Brown 'Cocoa' reclining by Helmi Flick
Havana Brown ‘Cocoa’ reclining by Helmi Flick

There should be a “stop” at the eyes and the end of the muzzle should be almost square. As to the body this should demonstrate balanced proportions.

Overall, the Havana Brown should be neither cobby and stocky nor slender and skinny (my words) but in the middle. The other elements of the cat should also be in proportion. For example, the tail should be neither whip like nor “blunt”.

The famous coat needs to be a rich, even and warm (red – mahogany) brown. Young adults may have faint tabby markings, which are allowable.

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