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7 Brown Cat Breeds (with Pictures)

Nicole Cosgrove

May 21, 2021

Solid brown cats can be hard to find, and if you’re looking for a completely brown cat, the Havana Brown is likely the only one that you may have come across. Most cats have stripes, points, and tabby markings in their coats, and solid cats are typically solid black or white. It’s rare to find a solid brown feline without any markings, but there are a few breeds that are predominately brown in color, and these may your best bet at finding a brown cat.

In this article, we look at seven beautiful cat breeds that are often brown in color, to help you find the brown cat that you’ve been searching for.

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1. Havana Brown

Havana brown cat
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Size: 12-15 inches
Lifespan: 13-15 years
Temperament: Playful, affectionate, intelligent

The Havana Brown is a medium-sized, short-haired breed that is exclusively — as the name suggests — brown. They are a deep, mahogany brown, to be more specific, although they can be slightly darker or lighter. They are playful cats but can be loners at times, happily playing on their own with their favorite toy. That said, they become attached to their owner and will bond powerfully with one person. The Havana Brown is a rare breed, and currently, there is a concerted effort among breeders to save the breed from disappearing.


2. Burmese

Burmese Cat
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Size: 15-18 inches
Lifespan: 16-18 years
Temperament: Friendly, loyal, playful

The Burmese is most often brown but also can be found in a variety of other colors, including lilac and cream. They are energetic and friendly felines and actively seek out human company — these cats do not enjoy being alone. The Burmese is also an exceedingly curious feline that enjoys getting to know every small space in your home, and they are playful cats that retain this kitten-like playfulness well into adulthood.

These cats are often referred to as being dog-like and will want to be involved in your every activity. That said, they do enjoy their alone time and should be provided with plenty of toys to keep themselves entertained.


3. York Chocolate

York chocolate cat backyard
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Size: 8-10 inches high
Lifespan: 13-15 years
Temperament: Affectionate, loyal, energetic, curious

The fluffy, long-haired York Chocolate has a beautiful, chocolate-brown coat, sometimes with lavender mixed in too. They are extremely friendly and even-tempered cats that are playful yet devoted and loving toward their owners. They bond strongly with their owner and love being petted, although they are extremely cautious of strangers. These cats are also extremely curious and can often be found following their owners around the home. Interestingly, they love water and are known to routinely take a dip in the bath or sink!


4. Devon Rex

Devon Rex stands on gray background
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Size: 15-18 inches
Lifespan: 9-15 years
Temperament: Sociable, attentive, affectionate

The Devon Rex comes in a variety of colors and markings, including cream, blue, and brown. They are playful cats that are known to have a mischievous streak at times, and they are highly alert, active, and attentive. Their main claim to fame, however, is their low-set ears that can give them an elven appearance, and their unusual coat has wavy, rippled hair that is thin and easily damaged. They are playful, lively cats that are great to have around children and other animals, with a high intellect that allows them to easily be taught tricks.


5. Persian

Persian cat 6 years old
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Size: 14-18 inches
Lifespan: 10-18 years
Temperament: Quiet, sweet, reserved

The large, fluffy Persian needs no introduction, and these cats come in a wide variety of colors, including a beautiful chocolate brown. These cats need a great deal of grooming, and daily brushing is essential to keep their luxurious coat from knotting and matting. They are playful and affectionate cats that love to be around their owners but can be reserved and cautious around strangers. They are not the most active cat breed, but they are playful when it suits them and are great to have around children.


6. Oriental Shorthair

Domestic cat - oriental shorthair
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Size: 11-14 inches
Lifespan: 14-17 years
Temperament: Intelligent, dignified, affectionate

The Oriental Shorthair is a truly unique-looking cat breed, with a striking wedge-shaped head and large, bat-like ears. This is further accentuated by their long, slender, agile bodies and short coats. These cats come in a massive array of colors, with various shades of brown being just one variety. They are highly intelligent cats that can be trained easily, but they require a great deal of attention from their owners — they will not be happy being left alone for long periods.


7. British Shorthair

British Shorthair
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Size: 12-14 inches high
Lifespan: 8-10 years
Temperament: Playful, loyal, easygoing

The British Shorthair is famous for their blue coat, but the breed comes in a wide array of other colors too, including a deep brown. They are affectionate and playful cats but are not demanding of attention and are happy to do their own thing. They are easygoing animals that are generally friendly toward everyone, including other cats and dogs. On the whole, though, these are reserved felines that don’t need much from their owner. That said, they still enjoy a good cuddle and love sitting close to their owners on the sofa.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.


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