CFA Havana Brown
Breed Council Website






















The CFA Breed Councils were established in 1970 to serve as an advisory body on breed standards to the CFA Executive Board. Each of the breeds recognized by CFA for championship competition has its own Breed Council and Breed Council Secretary.

The CFA Breed Councils are comprised of individuals experienced in their chosen breed/division section, and who meet other eligibility requirements established by the CFA Executive Board. Each breed council channels opinions and suggestions from the individual breeder to the Board through the specific breed secretary and the breed standard is updated after receiving approval from the members of the breed council and the Board. From time to time, each breed council also updates its breed profile, a more informal introduction to the breed. Every 2 years an election is held by CFA and a Breed Council Secretary is elected to be the spokesperson for the Breed Council.

The role of the Breed Council includes

• To protect and maintain the integrity of the Havana Brown Breed Standard, based upon the ideals of the founders, while ensuring the welfare of the breed
•To present recommendations on allowable outcrosses.
•To present recommendations on rules for registration.
•To mentor new breeders and to educate and inform them about those aspects of the breed which are unique and which should be preserved.
•To collect and disseminate information on aspects of feline health which are pertinent to maintaining a high quality of life for the Havana Brown.


The current Breed Council Secretary is Norma J. Placchi who has been working with the breed since the early 1970's. She and her late husband, Howard, registered BUNDASH CATTERY with CFA in February 1971 and were breeding and showing American Shorthairs when Norma saw her first Havana Brown at a CFA show in Santa Barbara, CA. It was love at first sight. A breeding pair was rapidly acquired and the first Bundash Havana Brown litter was produced in 1974. Norma entered the CFA Judging Program in 1979 and has been an All-Breed judge since 1988. She was first elected Breed Council Secretary in 1986 and has served in that capacity to date with the exception of a personal hiatus from 1997 to 2002.

Bundash Cattery can claim several "firsts" for the breed. The Placchi's were the owners of the very first Havana Brown to achieve the title of Distinguished Merit -- CH Charm's Dazzle'M of Bundash, bred by Pat Swihart. This was achieved in one litter of five which all attained their Grands. Another first occurred in 1990 when GC RW Bundash's Jane Eyre, D.M. became the first "almost made it" cat, placing 26th in the National Standings. Bundash Cattery produced the first and only Havana Brown kitten to achieve the title of National Winner, GC NW Bundash Levi Garrett, placing as 11th Best Kitten in 1997.

CH Charm's Dazzle'M of Bundash, DM
Dazzle was the first Havana Brown
to receive the title Distinguished Merit

Norma can be reached via email

The purpose of this website is to inform the public about the Havana Brown breed and the Havana Brown Breed Council. The site will provide a source of reference and historical material to the members of the Havana Brown Breed Council and others interested in the breed. It will showcase the accomplishments and achievements of the dedicated group of breeders who represent the Havana Brown within CFA.

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