An American Havana Brown Cattery breeding true to the type of the classic Havana Brown
WE ARE BACK IN THE USA!
After working for 6 years in Europe, we have relocated back to the USA and are now in the Chicago area. We are accepting applications for kittens from future litters. You will find our Kitten Questionnaire on our Contacts page. We deliver kittens around the world to their forever homes where they will be loved and cared for in the style that these beautiful brown jewels deserve. Check back often for website updates and feel free to contact us at LeAnn@ComposerCat.com -call or text: (848) 667-0804. or check us out on FaceBook (ComposerCat Havana Browns)
In 2010 ComposerCat cattery relocated to the Veneto region of Italy. Prior to this, we were breeding and exhibiting our beautiful cats in the United States. We lived in New York and were frequently at shows up and down the East Coast.
Then we had the pleasure of showing our cats in Europe and around the world. We have attended shows in Austria, Belgium, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden & Switzerland. We exhibit primarily in the Cat Fanciers Association shows, but our cats have also been at shows of TICA, GCCF, LOOF, FIFe and WCF ANFI shows.
It has been our pleasure to introduce this wonderful breed to many people around the world and give more cat lovers the opportunity to experience the beauty, affection and intelligence of the Havana Brown.
Our lines are all backed by National Winners, Regional Winners, Bests of Breed and Grand Champions. We have diverse pedigrees and healthy cats which are recognized as exceptional examples of the breed standard at shows throughout the world. The health and disposition of our cats are of foremost concern to us and that is reflected in the longevity of the lines and docile temperament of our cats and kittens.
We began our breeding program under the guidance of Dr. Karen Rogers, a well known and respected Havana Brown breeder and Veterinarian in the United States. We have also been fortunate enough to have benefited from the wisdom of other well known and respected Havana Brown breeders, with decades of breeding experience, who have many healthy offspring living with their loving families around the world. Our cats are from proven strong genetic lines with diversity to maintain health.
We follow research by the WINN Feline Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation , Cornell, .C. Davis and University of Glasgow Vet schools and utilize their best practices in the breeding, vaccination and healthcare of our cats.
We have an open cattery and potential kitten owners are always invited to come and visit with us and our cats/kittens, meet the parents and see the loving environment we provide for our cats in our small cattery. We make a point of meeting all potential owners before our kittens are placed. We have only one or two litters each year and do not breed for profit. As anyone who has a small cattery and exhibits their cats can tell you, it is an expensive hobby with no financial gain. We breed because of our love and passion for the Havana Brown and with the hope that we are able to share the wonder of this exceptional breed with other families around the world.
If you would like to know more about the Havana Brown or would be interested in bringing one into your home, please contact us at:
LeAnn@ComposerCat.com or fill out the kitten questionnaire located on our Contact page.
Follow COMPOSERCAT Havana Browns on Facebook, through our website, blog or LeAnnRupy@gmail.com.
You can also see many videos of our cats and kittens on YouTube on the ComposerCat channel.
People often wonder why we decided to become HB breeders. Well, initially we just wanted to find one cat - the perfect breed that would be an ideal companion and get along well with our other cat and our large breed dog. We purchased a neutered boy (Rachmaninov) and, after visiting a breeder at a cat show, decided to get a show quality kitten to try out the cat show thing. Well, we loved showing so much, we started helping another breeder with showing her cats too. Soon, the love of this awesome breed drove us to want to try out breeding... maybe just have one litter. And that is how it all started...
For ComposerCat Cattery, breeding began with Vivaldi...
GC Havacats Vivaldi of ComposerCat, DM
2008 - CFA North Atlantic Region Best of Breed
2009 - CFA 3rd Best of Breed Internationally
2009 - CFA North Atlantic Region Best of Breed
2009 - Havana Brown Fanciers Best of Breed
2013 - CFA Distinguished Merit Award
2014 - Featured in June edition of Cat Fancy Magazine
Vivaldi is our foundation Queen and was our 4th Havana Brown to show, but the first breeding cat solely owned by us. She was bred by Karen & Lowell Rogers at Havacat Cattery and was a perfect cat to start our breeding program. She has since achieved numerous awards, including the title of Distinguished Merit -achieved by producing five Grand Champion offspring. She produced many beautiful offspring that have been shown and breed by breeders in both USA and Europe and she has GrandKits around the world. We are very proud of this girl and of all her accomplishments and are very thankful to all those who carry on her line.
Her Grand Champions, in order as shown below : Corelli (Cori), Giannini (Gianni), Rossini (Tank), Scarlatti (Indy) and Pachelbel (Belle)
Other 'GRAND' ACCOMPLISHMENTS for our cattery include:
CFA Region 1
GP Havacats Rachmaninov of ComposerCat
GC Havacats Kinnickkinnick, DM
GC Havacats Green Eyed Lady of ComposerCat
CFA Region 9 - Europe
GC Oberlin's H. Berlioz of ComposerCat
GC BW RW ComposerCats Corelli of Mokolea (thank you Diane for showing and loving our girl)
GC ComposerCats Scarlatti
GC ComposerCats Rossini
GC GP ComposerCats Giannini (Baby Grand)
GC ComposeCats Pachelbel (1 Show -Baby Grand) CFA's 3rd Best of Breed in 2014 Featured in ARGOS magazine
QGC RW ComposerCats Amadeus of Havana Breizh (the foundation Queen of Anne & Stephane Gateau)
GP ComposerCats Stravinsky of Phos Hilaron (loved and shown by Alicia Herman)
GP RW ComposerCats Shaporin of Kastra - Grand of Distinction (So proud of him, thanks Harry & Leone)
GP RW ComposerCats Kabalevsky (2 show Grand! -loved by Calvin and beautifully shown by uncle Olivier)
Back in the USA
CFA Region 6 - Midwest
GC RW PhosHilaron Oberon of Havalot - Regional Win as both a kitten and adult!
(GC ComposerCats Pachelbel x Havacats Orion Bentley)
GC Saphira Mme Butterfly of ComposerCat
(CH Saphira Morgane x GC RW PhosHilaron Oberon)
GC RW Xocol Zaya of ComposerCat
(GC Havadolls Julia x GC BW NW Xocol Rum Runner)
Vivaldi (Viv) and Green Eyed Lady (Lady) are now 'old ladies' and are the queens of our household. They have produced five generations of beautiful Havana Browns and we are currently breeding their Grand Kits and Great, Great Grand Kits.
Stay tuned as 2018 & 2019 promise to bring more beautiful ComposerCat kittens!
Over 60 years ago, there were some breeders in England who wanted to have a cat that was solid brown. They knew from stories of an accidental mating that a brown cat could be created by breeding a pointed brown cat to a solid color cat also carrying the brown gene… so a breeding program began.
In the early days it was difficult because they could not breed brown to brown… there just weren’t enough brown cats, so they had to find other cats carrying brown genes to use in this breeding program (such as chocolate or seal point Siamese). Once they had produced brown kittens from these matings, they would breed back to their lines to try and intensify the genetics and eventually were able to produce litters that were mostly if not all brown. This was wonderful – exactly what they were hoping for. Now they would work on developing the ‘type’ of cat they wanted to create by culling out the undesirable features and using the cats with features that they preferred in their breeding program.
Soon word spread to the United States about these chocolate beauties and some American breeders learned of the English breeding program to breed pure chocolate cats. They contacted the breeders in England and arranged to have some kittens brought to America. The Americans loved the look of these cats and were determined to write a standard so that they could retain the type of the cat that would become known as the Havana Brown.
Meanwhile, back in England, the ‘Havana’ breeding program continued, more breeding brown to brown to produce more brown kittens. The breed was presented to the GCCF for acceptance and eventually it was granted Championship status and given a breed identification number of 29.
Unfortunately, the gene pool was too small and problems began to emerge. This information spread indicating that the breed was having trouble and soon began to lose popularity in England. Some of the founders realized that they needed to add in genes to keep this breed healthy or give up their program… this is when the real arguments -and big problems -began. Some wanted to keep only cats with chocolate genetics and others disagreed and felt that adding other breeds would offer hybrid vigor. No one seemed to be too focused on type. So, the outcrossing began…
As other breeds were added, various colors of kittens were born. Many found these other colors attractive – so much so that they thought THIS should be a breed… and so the Oriental breed was born. Because the brown cat was being produced along with all the others, they combined them all into the same category – Oriental. Each acceptable color of Oriental cat has a breed classification number in the GCCF. When you see this number on a pedigree, be aware that it is an English style Havana, not a Havana Brown.
These are the numbers given to the Orientals:
35 Foreign White
37e, g, h, j, m, p, y Tortoiseshell
37f, 37fn Cream / Apricot
38+ Spotted Tabby
41+ 44+ Classic / Mackerel Tabby
45+ Ticked Tabby
48+, 49+ Oriental Bicolour SH and LH
62+ Oriental Longhair
In America, the brown cats that were imported remained healthy with a few minor exceptions. They too were crossed to Siamese and a Russian Blue to increase the gene pool and but quickly bred back to brown to continue producing only solid brown cats. The American breeders liked the type of cat that had been imported and worked to keep those features consistent. Soon, there were enough brown cats to petition for acceptance as a breed in America. In 1964 the cat known as the Havana Brown was accepted for Championship in CFA. The look was the look of the early imports and the distinct muzzle became a hallmark of the Havana Brown breed.
Over the last 50+ years, very little has changed in the American Havana Brown standard. We have continued to breed essentially the same cat for over 50 years. Viewing photos of the Havana 50 years ago (Elmtower Bronze Idol, the first Havana Brown, pictured below), 25 years ago and today, you will see very little difference in this breed.
In England, the Oriental breed continued to evolve. They bred Oriental Browns, but also blues, cinamons, black, fawn… eventually every possible color was achieved and the carefully designed brown cat became lost in the evolving Oriental breed. True, some breeders still focused on breeding only brown or lilac Orientals but the type still changed. Over the last couple of decades the Oriental type, in both America and the UK, has become much more extreme with large flaring ears, a sharp triangular head, fine boning and a long, tubular body, bearing very little resemblance to the Havana Brown.
There were a few breeders in England who did not like that the brown cat had been lost in the Oriental breed, reducing the coveted Havana cat to nothing but a number that represented a color (they called the color Havana). So these breeders decided to start working with the brown cats and breeding only Havana to Havana hoping to isolate the brown genetics again. These breeders also did not like the extreme look of the modern Oriental so in their breeding programs they began trying to revert back to an earlier look; a look that has not such extreme features as those of the Oriental Havana 29.
So there became breeders in England who worked with this cat that no longer fit the breed standard of the Oriental #29, but by using the writings of some of the original English Havana breeders and personally consulting some of the same, they began to try and work their way back to that early idea of what they thought a Havana should be. They wanted a Havana BREED, not a brown Oriental cat.
Fast forward to now. A few breeders in England have been successfully breeding brown to brown to create a cat that resembles the cat we know as the American Havana Brown. They purchased a stud male which is an American style CFA/TICA/LOOF registered Havana Brown with a pedigree that goes back to the early cats in the first Havana breeding program that were exported to the USA. This cat will bring in some American diversity to further define the look of their cats as they try and introduce a brown cat to England that resembles the American Havana Brown. It took some convincing to get the GCCF to accept a brown cat that was not recognized as a color of the Oriental breed but rather be accepted as it's own breed. Until recently,the brown cat being bred in England and called the Havana was neither an Oriental Havana or a Havana Brown, but a cat with a standard that was stuck in the middle and a mix of genetics from the two.
The English breeders who wanted a more moderate brown cat but did not choose to work with the Havana Brown imported and developed in the United States, decided to petition the GCCF to recognize their cats as a NEW breed. This cross between the American Havana Brown, the English Oriental Havana, English Siamese and Russian Blue was given the name of the Suffolk after the area in England where the breeders lived. The American Havana Brown was not presented as an alternative for the extreme English Havana thus it is not recognized as a breed by the GCCF as a Havana. However, the modified breed, the Suffolk has now been accepted in the GCCF as a new breed. This has become quite confusing to some as it seems the English breeders are attempting to replicate a breed that already exists.
We are encouraged with the elimination of quarantine laws which will now allow CFA and TICA to hold more shows in the UK and offer more exposure to the standard of the American Havana Brown. However, many still remain confused about the difference between the Oriental Havana breed, the modified Havana/Suffolk cat and the American Havana Brown that was introduced in the USA in 1950's and is still bred to the same standard.
Where the American’s and English still differ in their idea of what the Havana breed should be; The American Havana Brown is a sturdy cat that still remains elegant and graceful but would not be confused with an Oriental. The Havana Brown is a medium brown cat that does not genetically carry red but has beautiful mahogany undertones, especially evident when in the sunshine - we do not breed for 'milk chocolate'. The Havana Brown head type is unique to any other breed with a very distinct profile that has a 'stop' or change of direction between the eyes giving the look of a muzzle with a clean nose to chin line. The Havana Brown forehead is more prominent, giving a 'light bulb' effect to the head when viewed from the side. The ears on a Havana Brown are medium in size and more upright rather than being positioned on the side of the head. The temperament of the Havana Brown is often described to be doglike in their loyalty, love of travel and ease of training to harness and lead. The Havana Brown breeders recognize this temperament as significant to the breed and select for the traits.
Havana Brown breeders around the world will continue to educate on the difference in the look and personality of the two unique breeds so that the new owners can more accurately determine the type of cat they are really hoping to find. Before you purchase a Havana Brown, talk to your breeder to see if they are breeding the standard and pedigrees recognized as a true Havana Brown.
Good luck in your search for the perfect kitty! We encourage you to research the breed and take advantage of some of the references provided. Please let us know if we can help.
LeAnn & Bill