The Javanese cat breed has originated from Siamese cats. This breed was
developed by breeders who wanted to take the qualities of the Siamese
and alter the coat and colors to their liking. One of the foundation
cats of the Javanese breed was created by crossing a Balinese to a
Colorpoint Shorthair. The outcome was a cat with all the characteristics
of a Siamese but with a longer coat length and a color outside the basic
four (i.e. seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac). These cats with colorful
longhairs were recognized by the CFA in 1987.
The Javanese are medium-sized and have fine bones and firm shoulders.
They have a long, silky coat, which comes in a range of colors. These
cats have coat style resembling to that of the Balinese. These are
pointed cats though fall outside of the typically known point colors
seen in Balinese cats. Javanese are also known as colorpoint cats,
considering odd or rare colors, like red or white, and patterns, like
tabby and tortie. Though the Javanese are almost identical to Siamese,
the major difference lies in the color schemes and hair lengths. As
compared to the Siamese, the Javanese have softer lines and less extreme
body type because of the longer hair.
Like their Siamese relatives, these cats are very intelligent and
talkative Javanese are curious, intelligent, excellent communicators and
playful. They have a fascination for food and love high places. They are
very talkative and have loud voice. Javanese are responsive and
interactive in nature and thus, are easy to train. Javanese cats usually
love to play, and are noticeably good at jumping. Like the Balinese,
Javanese are also quite vocal and will "talk" for no
Since Javanese are directly related to Siamese and Balinese cats, they
might suffer from some of the similar genetic defects. Though these
defects are bred out of the active lines and are becoming infrequent.
They are very social cats and love to be around their owner. If they are
left alone frequently, they can become depressed. The Javanese also have
a tendency to become overweight if they do not receive enough exercise.