The medium length hair is easy to g room. A daily comb using a fine-toothed comb and a polish with a chamois leather before a show is all that is required.
Origin and history
Named Havana after its similarity in coat colour to the tobacco of a Havana cigar, the American Havana Brown has developed differently from the British European Havana Self brown Oriental Shorthair although both had the same origins. Both were developed from a Sealpoint Siamese mated to a domestic shorthair, but where as the British Havanas were thereafter bred back to Siamese to preserve the oriental type, the American Havanas were not allowed to mate back to Siamese. Thus a less oriental, more rounded type has developed in the United States. In fact, the American Oriental self brown is almost the equivalent of the British Havana.
Havana queens call loudly, clearly and frequently. They usually have four to six kittens in a litter and make good mothers. American breeders no longer mate Havanas back to Siamese; they do not wish to perpetuate the Oriental type.
The kittens are very playful and agile. They are born the same colour as their parents, but their coats are a rather dull brown, and do not have the gloss of the adults. The white hairs found frequently in the kitten coat disappear when the adult coat is grown.