The Javanese cat exhibits the refined, slender body of the Siamese but with a fine, silky, single-layered medium length coat and a plumed tail. Deep blue eyes, a wedged shaped head and large ears reflect the Siamese genetic influence. Javanese cats are beautifully marked with lynx, tortoiseshell or red/cream points, in addition to the traditional Balinese color points of lilac, seal, blue and chocolate.
Javanese cats are people-oriented, playful, intelligent and vocal. They demand attention and affection from their people and do not like being left alone for long periods of time. The Javanese coat does not have the downy undercoat of most cats so requires substantially less grooming. Some people believe different personality traits are associated with the different color points.
Javanese cats require a great deal of love and attention. While they can withstand being alone during the day, they need one-on-one time with their owners on a daily basis. Their coats do not mat because they lack the downy undercoat, so less brushing is required than for most other cat breeds.
The Javanese breed was developed from crossing the Siamese with Colorpoint Shorthair and Balinese cats. The Javanese shares a common history with the Balinese until 1979, when the Javanese was officially recognized by the Cat Fancier Association (CFA) as a separate breed.