Other names : Oriental Longhair, Mandarin

Photo: adult cat of Javanese breed
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Life expectancy

The Javanese has a life expectancy of between 10 and 20 years


Adult size

Female Approximately 12 in
Male Approximately 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 11 lb
Male Between 7 and 13 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown White Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour
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More details about the Javanese

Javanese: Origins and history

This superb breed appeared in England in the fifties. After the Second World War, creative breeders crossed Siamese with existing breeds such as the British Shorthair and even domestic cats. The kittens born from this cross breeding were subsequently crossed with other Siamese. A few years later, only colour differentiated Siamese from Orientals, the latter did not have the Siamese’s "pointed" features. The wide variety of colours produced led breeders attributing breeds to all different colours of these cat, such as the brown variety being known as Havana Browns. However, far too many colours were produced to give each one a separate breed name!  Thus, short-haired cats were simply named Oriental Shorthairs, and long-haired cats are known as Oriental Longhairs or Javanese/Mandarins. In 1970, both breeds started to appear in the United States.

Javanese: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price for a Javanese cat as it is a very rare cat breed. However, depending on their lineage, upbringing, age and sex, the price will vary. It will also cost around £25 a month to keep them in good health, provide them with good quality food and meet their needs.

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