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Is the Javanese right for you?

The basics:
The elegant Javanese is a cat with somewhat of an identity crisis. They are one of several Siamese-derived breeds, including the Balinese, Colourpoint Shorthair, Oriental Shorthair, and Oriental Longhair. While all of these cats possess the same grace, beauty, and gregarious personalities, different breed registries have decided to categorize them in different ways. The Javanese is to the Colourpoint Shorthair what the Balinese is to the Siamese: a naturally occurring, longhaired variation. Some registries don’t consider them a separate breed, so if you’re having trouble finding a Javanese in your area, you might have to go searching within similar registered breeds, particularly the Balinese.

No matter what you want to call them the Javanese, and the other Oriental-type cat breeds, are truly unique, not just in look but also in personality. They bond extremely closely to the people in their lives, and truly crave attention and interaction. They will be your steadfast companion – your steadfast, chatty, kind of clingy companion. Your Javanese will make sure you never feel unloved or unwanted, and you should strive to make your Javanese feel the same way.

Appearance / health:
The Javanese is a long-haired, medium-sized cat, muscular but finely-boned with long, tapering lines. They are of the “Oriental” body type, typified by long and slender legs, a long tail, a slender body, and a distinctly wedge shaped head with a long muzzle. When seen in profile, the Javanese’s nose is straight and flat, one long line from the forehead to the tip of the nose, without break or curve. The eyes are distinctly almond shape and slanted, and are usually vivid shades of sapphire blue. Large ears are wide at the base tapering to a pointed tip. Their small, oval paws might be described as “dainty”.

The Javanese is distinguished by its medium-long, fine coat. The Javanese lacks an undercoat so that the fur lays flat to the cat’s body. It is silky and not prone to mats or tangles, unlike many longer coated breeds. The tail is fully plumed, and the longest hair on the cat’s body. The Javanese comes in pointed colors, like the Siamese, but unlike the Siamese, the Javanese has a greater variety of colors and patterns. The color of their points includes tortoiseshell, chocolate, blue, seal, lilac, and red, and they often have tabby or “lynx” points.

Unfortunately, the Javanese is prone to a few health conditions, and it’s important to choose cats from reputable, responsible breeders. Amyloidosis, a disease that primarily affects the liver, is common in all members of the Siamese family. They may also experience varying eye problems, from minor cross-eyes to progressive retinal atrophy, which can lead to blindness.

Behavior / temperament:
The Javanese is a people-loving cat, highly social, affectionate, and craving of personal interaction. This is truly a breed that will be unhappy if left alone too often, or for long periods of time. They thrive on human attention, and will insist on being a part of everything you do. Curious and intelligent, they will investigate every new shopping bag, and every nook and cranny in the house. The enjoy being up high, so you may find them perched atop your bookshelves, watching you with sapphire eyes.

The Javanese, like the Siamese from which the breed came, is an enthusiastic conversationalist. They are quick to vocally express their excitement or displeasure in not the most dulcet of tones. If you prefer your cats seen and not heard, the Javanese will not be the breed for you!

The Javanese loves the playtime and attention children can give him so long as they can treat him gently and with respect. They get along well with other pets in the household, particularly other cats of the same breed.


Attention seeker, human companions, athleticism


sufficient attention, genetic defects


good hunters, large ears

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