About the Javanese Cat Breed
The Javanese is a breed that lives on contradiction: it’s elegant and refined, almost fragile in appearance, but in reality has a hard, muscular body that’s capable of astounding acrobatic feats. Curiously, the Javanese cat is neither from Java (the Indonesian island), nor has ever existed in Java.
Javanese Physical Characteristics
This is a graceful medium-sized cat built with long tapering lines and a muscular body. It can be distinguished from other cats because of its vivid blue eyes and soft lines.
The breed comes in a variety of colors including red, cream, torti, and seal.
The Javanese has long hair which is easy to maintain and does not tangle easily.
Javanese Personality and Temperament
An easy to train breed, the Javanese possesses a high degree of intelligence and seems to understand when spoken to. It will look a person straight in the eye and answer with a meow.
Things to Consider
Owners will not have a moment of peace and quiet once they let this cat inside their house. The Javanese loves to chat and will express displeasure when it is annoyed.
Ideal Living Conditions
Javanese are loyal to a fault and will follow its human family members everywhere. It is also well-recognized for its excellent communication skills.
A born glutton, the breed likes nothing better than a good meal. To maintain its slender figure, make sure your Javanese has plenty of daily exercise, often in the form of a game.
Though usually healthy, the Javanese is susceptible to endocardial fibroelastosis and protrusion of the cranial sternum, a genetic defect commonly seen in breeds related to the Siamese.
Javanese History and Background
There has been considerable confusion about what constitutes a Javanese, and the breed is treated differently in different countries, but in essence, it is a long-haired version of the Colorpoint Shorthair.
Initially created by breeders who desired a cat with the personality of the Siamese but which sported a variety of colors. So striking is the resemblance between the Javanaese and the Colorpoint that many associations consider it to be a variety of Colorpoint Shorthair and do not recognize it as a separate breed.
The only exception is the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), which recognizes the Javanese as a separate breed. The CFA considers both Colorpoint Shorthair and Javanese to be hybrids and hence deserving their own identity, and not just extensions of the Siamese and the Balinese.
The Javanese also has a marked similarity with the Balinese. An average cat lover will find it hard to distinguish between the two breeds. Both possess similar body shape, personality and coat. The Javanese has been named after the island of Java because it sounds fanciful and because it possesses so many of the same physical characteristics as the Balinese cat (Java is the next island over from Bali). However, the cat has nothing to do with the island itself and certainly did not originate there.
One of the first Javanese came into being when a Balinese was crossed with a Colorpoint Shorthair. The result was a Siamese-like cat, sporting long hair and possessing a wider range of colors.
The CFA would officially recognize the Javanese in 1987.