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8 Brown Cat Breeds and Brown Cat Names

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  • In many cultures, cat names are not very good, especially for cats with black or dark fur.
  • Cats are the second most popular pets in the United States, with more than 90 million cats living as pets.
  • Here are eight all-brown cat breeds that will warm your heart when you look at them.

As far as history and mythology go, there are a few cats around. From Noah's Ark to Egyptian civilization in the Far East, there are several stories, myths and conflicting opinions. Especially regarding the color of their fur. Still, cats are the second most popular pets in the United States, with more than 90 million cats living as domestic animals. Here is a list of the most popular cat breeds in the United States:

  • Shorthair – Exotic, British and American
  • maine coon
  • Sphinx
  • scottish fold cat
  • Persian
  • devon rex
  • Ragdoll
  • abyssinian cat

All brown cats come in a variety of earthy shades. The color is expressed by a genetic mutation of a single recessive color gene and is sometimes considered a pale black. While Havana browns are the only cats that are truly, completely chocolate colored, there are several other cats that are predominantly brown. Most "brown" cats have tabbies, stripes, and spotting patterns on their coats, while solid-colored cats are usually black or white. Along with their colors come popular names, some of which are unique to their coats. Here are 8 of all brown cat breeds and brown cat names in existence.

#1. havana brown

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Mischievous and smart, Havana Brown can be a great friend who treats his kids well.

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The Havana Brown is a hybrid cat that is a cross between a Russian Blue, a Siamese and a black domestic shorthair. Today, the breed has almost no Russian blue genes. Havana brown cats are the only truly pure brown cat breed around. It is a chocolate or dark mahogany brown color and is a medium sized shorthair with green eyes. Its personality is intelligent, curious and social. The cat became very attached to its family and exhibited moderate separation anxiety. In terms of naming, the breed is thought to be named either for the color of the Havana cigar, or for the Havana rabbit of the same color.

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Suggested brown cat name: Cocoa

Cocoa is the perfect name to describe its chocolate color, adding to the message that cats warm you up.

#2. Burmese

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A brown Burmese cat in the garden. The Burmese cat is a lovely, docile and loyal cat.


The result of mating a Burmese little brown domestic mother with a Siamese father, the Burmese has 2 different head and size standards depending on whether it is from an American or British breeder. The original cats were black or dark brown with gold eyes, and later developed chocolate and several other colors as well as green eyes. Both versions are social, energetic, loyal, playful and vocal, with sweeter and softer voices than Siamese cats, and often learn to play fetch, tag and other games. Their fur is very fine, short and satiny. The lower shade may gradually become lighter, as will the color point markers. The Burmese gene has full expression when homozygous, also known as Burmese color restriction or tan.

Suggested brown cat name: Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a warm, earthy spice. It's perfect for cinnamon brown cats.

#3. tokyo

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Known to be intelligent, Tonks can be trained to perform tricks, they love puzzle games, and many have learned how to walk with a harness and a leash on.


Tonkinese are believed to have existed in the West since the early 19th century. It is the result of crossing the American Burmese cat with the Siamese cat. Its coat color can be not only sharp white, but also solid tan or medium brown called natural color, and other base colors. The standard is short-haired, while the medium-haired Tonkinese is also known as Tibetan. A medium-sized cat, between the slender Siamese and the stocky Burmese, with green eyes. Breeds that are smart, social, active, curious, and vocal can easily get bored or lonely when left alone. Like the Burmese, it can learn how to play a game of catch and loves to jump to great heights.

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Suggested brown cat name: Beans

"Beans" is an abbreviation for "coffee beans," which describes the dark color of the caffeinated drink, suggesting that the cat is particularly silly or cute.

#4. York chocolate

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Yorkies are even-tempered, friendly, intelligent, curious and energetic.

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York Chocolate Spaniel, referred to as York, is a show cat breed in the United States. The tail is tapered and the coat is long and shaggy, resulting from the color-selected crossing of mixed longhair cats; that is, a black longhair sire and a black and white longhair dam. The result is a medium-haired, all-brown cat in solid chocolate, a diluted brown called lavender or lavender/brown, and hazel, gold, or green eyes. An intelligent, even-tempered, energetic, loyal, affectionate and inquisitive breed, it is very fond of being a lap cat and following its owner around.

Suggested brown cat name: Mocha

Mocha is a coffee drink with added chocolate, but it also describes a light color similar to chocolate.

#5. oriental shorthair

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The Oriental Shorthair is considered one of the most intelligent cats, if not the smartest.

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The Oriental Shorthair is a branch of the Siamese cat developed in the United States according to the head and body shape of the modern Siamese standard. It has a triangular head, almond-shaped green eyes, large ears, and a long and thin body. But there are many more coat colors and patterns. Sociable, intelligent and often vocal, it can learn to play a game of fetch. It is also very robust and loves to jump to high places. Not only does it enjoy interacting with people, but it also enjoys being in pairs or groups with other cats. There is also a long-haired cat called the Oriental long-haired cat.

Suggested Brown Cat Name: Sorrel

This cat can have a sorrel color similar to Havana brown.

#6. Persian

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There's no denying that Persian cats are distinctive, with their signature flat (brachycephalic) snouts, fluffy, richly colored coats, and lovable temperament .

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Solid brown is one of several colors a Persian cat can have. Known for being docile, quiet, and sweet, this cat is content to just hang around or be a captive cat. It has a short stocky body, a feathery tail, and green or turquoise eyes. Anyone can instantly recognize this breed with its flat face and long, shaggy fur. However, older traditional types have a more pronounced muzzle, and efforts are being made to preserve this type and avoid the health problems that come with brachycephalic cats.

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Suggested brown cat name: Fluffy

Like other long-haired cats, "shaggy" is a good traditional name to describe their fur.

#7. british shorthair cat

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British Shorthairs are intelligent, affectionate, and without a grumpy side. They are very tolerant with children and dogs, making them excellent family cats.

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Similar to the British domestic cat, the British Shorthair is a purebred cat. It is one of the oldest breeds in the world, dating back to around the first century AD. The cat has a broad face, a large body, powerful, stocky, and short, with a dense, short coat and no undercoat. While the most familiar and original standard color is British blue, the breed can come in many other colors and patterns, including brown. It is a sweet, loyal, easy-going pet that is moderately active and does not like to be held, held, held or lapped, but prefers to be near family members.

Suggested Brown Cat Name: Nutmeg

The name describes a light brown color. People use a small amount of this spice in some culinary recipes, more in baking, and like cats, it's quiet but noticeable.

#8. devon rex

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Devon Rex was able to learn difficult tricks, but was difficult to motivate.

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The Devon Rex is a British cat breed that emerged in the late 1950s. It is the product of a tan and white stray mother and a curly feral male father.

Felines are known for their triangular-shaped heads, large eyes, and large triangular-shaped ears. Other key features the Devon Rex is known for are its broad chest and elongated bone structure. All of this makes for a tabby that looks like a pixie.

This cat has very soft, curly short fur, large ears, and a slender body. Its personality is active, playful, loyal, intelligent, affectionate and social. It is also a high jumper and can learn hard tricks, although it is difficult to motivate.

Suggested brown cat name: Monkey

It's the perfect name for a cat often described as a "monkey in a leotard", especially with its brown fur.

For some purebred cat breeds, brown is an acceptable color, although pure brown cats can be difficult to find. It is also described as chocolate colored. Many cats of this chocolate color tend to have names that describe drinks, foods, and spices. These cat breeds are sought after for their unique coloring as well as the character traits and size of their parents.


Here are all the top picks for the popular brown canning varieties and possible names you might be interested in:

rank breed name
1 havana brown cocoa
2 Burmese Cinnamon
3 tokyo beans
4 York chocolate Mocha
5 oriental shorthair Chestnut
6 Persian fluffy
7 british shorthair cat nutmeg
8 devon rex monkey


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