Sylvia Holland on the left was an important promoter of the Traditional Balinese breed in the early 1960’s and Tiam O’Shian IV (photo above) is a grandson of the famous stud Tiam O’Shian imported by Mrs. Vyvyan in 1886. In the 1950’s, a few Siamese breeders, who noticed they sometimes had kittens with longer hair than the ideal, decided to get together and develop a longhaired Siamese breed. They agreed to avoid any outcrossing to other breeds, and this is still the rule. Some of the pioneers are: Sylvia Holland (Holland’s Farm); Ruby Green (Verde); and Elcy Crouch (ELC Cats)
Balinese And Javanese
What is a Balinese? The Balinese is a long haired cat. The Balinese is a spontaneous long haired mutation of the siamese. It also may be a natural hybrid of the Angora. Whichever school of thought, the longhair gene is very recessive and it can easily disappear without careful breeding.Where did they originate? Records show that a long-haired cat of pure Siamese ancestry was registered with the Cat Fancier’s Federation in 1928. However, records are sketchy from then until the 1940’s. Long-haired kittens probably turned up in pure Siamese litters for years, but were given away as undesirable. Helen Smith of New York and Marion Dorsey of Southern California diligently pioneered to have these cats recognized for championship status. Helen Smith gave them the name Balinese because their elegance and grace reminded her of Balinese dancers. But despite the name — the Balinese is — of United States Origin.
It would be impossible to speak of the Balinese without mentioning the late Sylvia Holland. Without a doubt, she had to be one of the determined pioneers of this breed. By 1968, the Bali was accepted by all associations but CFA. Thanks to Sylvia’s tireless efforts and dedication, the CFA accepted the Balinese to be shown for championship competition in May 1970. Today, this is the only association to allow the Balinese to be shown only in the 4 traditional colors: Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point and Lilac Point. Unusual point colors such as the Lynx Point, Red Point (Flame Point) and Tortie Point are shown in the CFA as Javanese. These cats have been developed because of a cross of the Balinese with the Colorpoint Shorthair and are considered hybrids.
What is a Javanese? Nothing more than a Balinese in a variety of colors. A Javanese and a Balinese is one in the same. Although they are classified differently by name; both breeds have the same physical characteristics. They have soft silky luxurious coats, and the personality and intelligence of their Siamese cousins. To see a Javanese / Balinese parade around the house is a treat. They are graceful, elegant and beautiful. The Javanese named for the next island over from Bali has been around for about as long as the Balinese. Kittens appeared in litters of Colorpoint shorthairs, as a result of the longhair gene being introduced by out crossing to domestic shorthairs; when the red, lynx and tortie point colors and patterns were first introduced to the Siamese breed. Balinese breed lovers introduced the Colorpoint Shorthairs to add color and pattern variety to the breed. The Javanese was accepted by The Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1986.
The Javanese is a breed for those who want something different from the four traditional color (Seal, Chocolate, Blue and Lilac) groups. The Traditional / Old Fashion Style Javanese are more robust and fuller bodied than their counter parts / Show Type Javanese, which is a more slender cat. However both the contemporary and Old Style Applehead Javanese are capable of amazing feats of acrobatic proportions.
Highly intelligent, they adapt quickly to their environment and to their human companions routine. They will “talk,” gently reminding you that it’s feeding time or when they need something. Javanese cats will greet you joyfully as you enter your home to express how glad they are to see you. As a general rule, this breed has a softer and gentler voice than their Siamese cousins. They are clever and resourceful and will use their paws to open cabinets, drawers and sometimes even turn door knobs to satisfy their curiosity. Many enjoy “fetching,” this comes natural for them. They truly enjoy the interaction between them and their human companions and will go to great length to get your attention. They require little grooming and therefore they are low maintenance cats. Their soft silky coats and minimal shedding makes this breed easy to care for.