Native Country United States Of America Other Names Javanese, Red Classic Tabby, British Angora,
Foreign Longhair, Oriental Longhair Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance Javanese cats are referred to by show cat
fanciers as colorpoint cats: showing odd or "rare" colors; such as
red or white, or patternation; tabby and tortie.
Breed Description Head: Medium-sized, can be inscribed in
a triangle. In profile, the skull is slightly convex. Slender
muzzle. Long, straight nose continuing the line of the forehead
without break. Medium-sized chin. Eyes: Medium-sized, almond-shaped, set slightly at a slant
toward the nose. Color: luminous green. Colorpoints and white-coated
cats have dark blue eyes. Neck: Long and slender. Body: Long, svelte, graceful but muscular. Paw: Long, slender, in proportion to the body. Small, oval
paws. Tail: Very long and slender, even at the base, tapering to the
tip. Coat: Thin, silky hair moderately long on the body, slightly
longer on the ruff, shoulders, and tail (plume). No wooly undercoat.
Even color without tabby markings or shading in non-agouti
varieties. Varieties are those of the Oriental type. The eyes are
green, except in the white-coated Javanese, which has dark blue
eyes.Colorpoint with dark blue eyes, in the varieties recognized for
the Siamese. Fault: White markings. Eyes more yellow
than green. Tabby markings in non-agouti varieties.
History Like the Oriental Shorthair or the Balinese,
but with semilong hair Despite its name, this cat did not originate
in Java. During breeding programs that led to the creation of the
Balinese (semilonghaired Siamese), American breeders obtained a
semilonghaired Oriental called the Javanese because of its type.
Feline associations are divided on the issue of whether the Javanese
is truly a new breed or simply a variety of Balinese. The F.I.Fe.,
for example, considers it a semilonghaired Oriental type with a
solid coat and green eyes. The C.F.A. considers the Javanese simply
as a Balinese with coloring other than the four recognized basic
colors (seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac point). The Javanese is
therefore a colorpoint with dark blue eyes like the Siamese. The
Javanese is still quite rare in Europe.
Behavior The Javanese has the character and temperament
of an Oriental type cat. Javanese cats are extraverted and talk a
lot in a melodious voice. They are possessive, following their owner
like a small dog, and they know how to get all the petting they
want. They are easy to groom, especially since they love being
brushed. They are notably fond of play, jumping and human contact
and allegedly depressed if regularly not entertained by humans or
other pets. They are reportedly good mouse hunters.
Health Common genetic defects are shared with the
"Balinese Cat" and the "Siamese Cat". These include: deafness, joint
issues, early-onset arthritis, hip displacement and cross-eye.