Javanese – Cat Breeds

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Javanese cats are faithful companions who will follow you from room to space, chatting at you along the way. The Javanese shares many similarities with the Siamese, but there are subtle differences between the two.


Javanese cats, like their Balinese relatives, are playful, devoted, and always eager to tell you their views on life, love, and what you’ve served them for dinner. Javanese (and their Siamese relatives) have a fascination with food, and, while some will burn off the extra calories in playful antics, care must be taken that the less active don’t turn into butterballs.

Known for their curiosity, intelligence, and excellent communication skills, the Javanese breed is perfect if you want a responsive, interactive cat, one that will blow in your ear and follow you everywhere. Their meows seem definite attempts to communicate, and they look you directly in the eye and seem to answer when spoken to. Fanciers say that the Javanese are easy to train, and are not quite as demanding of your time and energy as are Siamese.



The Javanese is one breed in a line of designer Siamese-style cats that includes the Balinese, Colorpoint Shorthair, Oriental Shorthair, and Oriental Longhair. These breeds were inspired by breeders who wanted to take the qualities of the Siamese and alter the coat and colors to their liking. All of these breeds share similar conformations and personality types. The differences between these breeds lie in the coat length, colors, patterns, and the cat association to which you happen to subscribe.

The Siamese comes in four pointed colors: seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac. The Balinese is a long haired version of the Siamese in the same color schemes. The Colorpoint Shorthair comes in pointed colors outside the four traditional Siamese colours; they come in red, cream, tortie, and lynx points. The Javanese is a long haired version of the Colorpoint Shorthair.

The CFA is the only registry that separates the breeds into the classifications Colorpoint Shorthair and Javanese. The other registries merely extended the color parameters of the Siamese and the Balinese to include the wider range of colors. The CFA’s reasoning behind the separate designations is that Colorpoint Shorthairs and Javanese are hybrids, which they are, since these colours were created by crossing the Siamese with other breeds. However, some breeders feel that separating the Balinese and the Javanese can be like splitting cat hairs; both breeds share a body type, personality, and coat, and the hybridization happened so long ago that it no longer matters. Other breeders zealously want the breeds kept separate to keep up the purity of the Siamese and Balinese lines.

The Javanese shares much of its history with the Balinese breed. The Javanese isn’t from the Isle of Java any more than the Balinese is from Bali; the name was bestowed because of the nice, romantic ring. One of the foundation cats of the Javanese breed was created by crossing a Balinese to a Colorpoint Shorthair. The result was a cat with the charactercan betics of a Siamese but with a longer coat length and a color outside the basic four. These colorful longhairs were identified by the CFA in 1987.


Physical Attributes


Thick semi-foreign body, not compact. Back gently slopes upward from shoulders to tail. Well-rounded chest and firm hips. Boning medium, without undue bulk. Firmly developed muscular strength.


Modified wedge with rounded contours, in proportion with body. High, defined cheekbones. Chin firm, but not overly prominent; aligns with nose. Muzzle moderate with gentle contours in proportion with head. Nose medium in length; slight bump is acceptable; slight stop. Forehead will be flat.


In proportion with head, broader at base, ending in slightly rounded tips; placed as much on top of head as on sides; not flaring; alert.


Walnut shaped; spaced rather wide apart giving an open and alert expression, and at a slight angle toward base of ears. No relationship between coat and eye color.



Legs short, set evenly apart when viewed from front or back. Upper and lower forelegs equal in length. Hind legs, thigh and lower leg approximately equal long. Feet are round, compact in proportion with body. All four feet pointed directly straight forward, not inward or outward.


Carried erect when in motion, taperwithing to a rounded tip. Not overly thick. Length of the body.


Red, cream, tortie, lynx point; may have white lockets or buttons


Semi-long. Texture flowing and silky, all-weather, with moderate and medium undercoat. Slight to moderate ruff permissible. Britches are shaggy; tail has full plume.


Medium to short. Solid colors may have a less dense coat. Texture semi-plush, all-weather, resilient, with medium undercoat and lustrous appearance.


Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, cats are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary. Please consult the adoption organization for details on a specific pet.

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