An American Havana Brown Cattery breeding true to the type of the classic Havana Brown


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 still 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 -call or text: (848) 667-0804. or check us out on FaceBook


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.
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 , Cornell and U.C. Davis, 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:
COMPOSERCAT Havana Browns on Facebook, through our website blog or
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 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.  So that is how it started.

For ComposerCat Cattery, it 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. We are very proud of this girl and all of 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:
GP Havacats Rachmaninov of ComposerCat
GC Havacats Kinnickkinnick, DM
GC Havacats Green Eyed Lady of ComposerCat
GC Havacat's Vivaldi of ComposerCat, DM
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 Composerats 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)

We thank Anne & Stephane, of Havana Breizh, for showing our girl Amadeus in TICA and achieving the title of Quadruple Grand Champion and European Regional Winner and beginning a successful breeding program with our lines. The kittens they have produced have been outstanding examples of the breed and I'm always impressed to see adult photos posted by their owners.

Frederic and Dimitri are Havana Brown breeders in Southern France and have shown and loved our girl ComposerCats G.Verdi (Gigi). They built and maintain the European Havana Cat Club website and are doing great work with breed information and education across registries.

Elisa & Stefano Di Giacomo of Havalot Cattery began their breeding program with ComposerCats Shostakovich. They have now earned their first home bred Grand Champion title for their foundation queen, GC Havalots Khaleesi. Soon they will debut their first stud boy, PhosHilaron's Oberon.

We have even had the opportunity to start a new Havana Brown cattery in St. Petersburg, Russia. Thank you Anastasiya at Niklaevs Pride for taking care of our beautiful girl CH ComposerCats Isabella Yurieva.  They are establishing a wonderful breeding program with well established American Havana Brown lines.

We are also very happy to have had the opportunity to work with a well established Havana Brown breeder in France who has kept this breed in from of European judges for almost two decades. Claire Rassat of St. Evroult cattery is the mother of the Havana Brown in Europe. We are delighted to have produced some fabulous kittens from both our 2013 and 2014 breedings with her stud and are extremely pleased that she is showing and loving our girl ComposerCats Bellini and her new stud boy ComposerCats James Brown.
Additional photos of our cats are available on our Photos page...

In 2014 we celebrated our 50th year anniversary since the Havana Brown was accepted for Championship status in CFA!!!
A story about a brown cat…

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:
29 Havana
29c Lilac
35 Foreign White
37 Black
37a Blue
37d Red
37e, g, h, j, m, p, y Tortoiseshell
37f, 37fn Cream / Apricot
37k Cinnamon
37n Caramel
37r Fawn
38+ Spotted Tabby
41+ 44+ Classic / Mackerel Tabby
42+ Smoke
43+ Shaded
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 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. This is a difficult task since so many colors have been added. 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 for three generations (F3). They have also purchased a stud male which is an American CFA registered Havana Brown with a pedigree that goes back to the early cats in the first Havana breeding program. This cat will bring in some American diversity to further define the look of their cats as they try and influence the GCCF that the Havana cat should NOT be a color of Oriental but rather be accepted as it's own breed. Unfortunately, the cat currently being bred in England and called the Havana is neither an Oriental Havana or a Havana Brown, but a cat with a standard that is stuck in the middle and a mix of genetics from the two. Only time will tell what the future holds for the English Havana.

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 Havana Brown. The more people who see the Havana Brown breed as defined in the American standards, the more likely they will understand the difference between the Oriental and the Havana breeds and support the efforts to separate the Havana from the Oriental in England.

Where the American’s and English still differ in their idea of what the Havana breed should be… I don’t think we are as far apart in our ideas as some might think. One or two Havana Brown breeders in England can have an impact on their future. Yes, it is going to take some time – they have been looking at Oriental Havana’s evolve for 50 years without being privy to the steadfast development of the American HB. To change their perception of the Havana will not come overnight but I hold out hope that in another 10-15 years we will all be breeding the same cat and it will be universally accepted as the Havana BREED. In the interim, the 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.

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

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