The Havana Brown cat originated in England and is a result of breeding between Siamese and domestic black cats during the 1950s by a group of cat fanciers. This group was known as The Havana Group (later known as The Chestnut Brown Group). By breeding a Siamese cat, which carried the chocolate gene with a black cat, which also carried the chocolate gene, they were able to produce chestnut (chocolate) kittens. The Havana Brown cats use their paws to communicate with owners and examine objects. They are a curious breed but are generally nondestructive. Havana Browns love sitting on the shoulders of their owners and playing in their hair. No known genetic diseases are associated with this breed.