Javanese is the name given to longhaired cats of oriental type by associations which are members of the FIFe and by some other bodies. The name reflects its closeness to the Balinese of which it is an unpointed equivalent (except for in the CFA). In Britain, where the difficulties of quarantine and other problems made it difficult to import Turkish Angora cats, a similar longhair resulting from an Abyssinian/Siamese breeding programme was the starting point for the creation of an equivalent of the Turkish Angora. However, at a later stage the breeding programme moved towards a more oriental type and is now recognized by the CA of Britain as being a white Javanese. The GCCF retains the name Angora but it remains a more oriental cat than the Turkish Angora and is not descended from the original Turkish line.
Javanese and the GCCF's Angora are slender oriental cats and recognized in a wide range of colors and patterns, although not all are recognized by all associations.
Alternative names are Oriental Longhair and Mandarin, while many British breeders still call them 'Cuckoo' cats, after the nickname given to the cat from which the British strain have stemmed.
In the CFA, the Javanese is the name used to describe cats of red, tortie or tabby varieties which other associations recognize as Balinese.
Medium size, lithe and graceful, set on long slim legs, hind legs longer than the front, with small oval feet; a long, thin tapering tail.
A long tapering wedge narrowing to a fine muzzle, flaring out to the tips of the ears to form a triangle with no break at the whiskers, with a strong chin and set on an elegant neck; large pricked ears, wide at the base, width between the eyes.
Almond-shaped and slanting towards the nose; bright green for solid and all-over patterns, clear blue for CFA pointed cats.
Fine, silky and medium long without any woolly undercoat.
Black, blue, chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, fawn, red, cream, tortie, tabby, tipped and silver varieties, though restricted in some associations. CFA red, cream and tortie and lynx (tabby) patterns of these and their Balinese colors.