Native Country United States of America Other Names Long Haired Siamese Life Expectancy Approximately 13-15 Years Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance Like the Siamese, the Balinese has a long, slim
body, wedge-shaped head, and vivid blue eyes. Its soft, ermine-like
coat is short in comparison to those of other long-haired cats, and
doesn't form a ruff. In most associations, the Balinese is accepted
in a full range of colors, including the four traditional Siamese
point colors of seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac, as well as less
traditional colors such as red and cream, and patterns such as lynx
(tabby) point and tortie point. However, in the Cat Fanciers'
Association, the Balinese is only accepted in the four traditional
Siamese colors; all other colors and patterns are considered
Breed Description Head: Medium size. Long and triangular
with a straight profile. Slightly convex skull; flat. Flat forehead.
Fine muzzle. No nose or whisker break. Long, straight nose. Medium
size chin. Eyes: Of medium size, almond shape, and slanting slightly
toward the nose. Color: Deep blue. Neck: Long, slender, elegant. Body: Long, svelte,
oriental body type. Fine bones and firm muscles. Paw: Long and slim. Length in proportion to body. Small, oval
paws with tufts between the toes. Tail: Very long and thin, tapering to the tip. Coat: Semilong,
silky, fine hair. Longer on the body, belly, and tail (plume).
Slight undercoat. All Siamese colors are recognized. Color points
must be uniform. Clear contrast between point color and body color.
Kittens are born solid white. The coat does not take on its adult
coloring until one year of age. The C.F.A. recognizes only four
varieties: 1. Seal Point: Deep seal brown points 2. Blue
Point: Deep blue points 3. Chocolate Point: Milk chocolate
points 4. Lilac Point: Frosty gray points Cats of other
colors are classified as Javanese in the United States. In France,
no distinction is made between the Balinese and the Javanese.
Fault: Round or broad head. Short or broad muzzle. Nose break.
Small or round eyes. Eyes not slanted. Short or massive body. Short
legs. Heavy bone structure. Coat too short or too coarse.
Disqualify: Eye color other than blue.
History A luxuriously silky, svelte little imp with
deep blue eyes. In the 1940s, American breeders developed an
interested in Siamese kittens born with semilong hair. They did not
know if the longer hair was the result of outcrosses with Persians
or spontaneous mutation. Until that time, semilonghaired kittens had
been considered undesirable. After World War II, Marion Dorsey of
California began raising "Longhair Siamese", also called Balinese to
reflect their Asian heritage and gracefulness. These Longhair
Siamese were shown for the first time in 1955. The C.F.A. and
T.I.C.A. recognized the breed in 1970, the F.I.Fe in 1972, and
France in 1983. This breed is still uncommon in Europe.
Behavior This extroverted, active, lively cat is curious
and playful, though more subdued and even-tempered than its Siamese
cousin. The Balinese voice is also softer. This cat loves company,
despises solitude, and requires considerable love and affection. A
Balinese will enjoy the company of another active cat or a
cat-friendly dog. Devoted to his owner, the Balinese is sensitive,
affectionate, and endearing. Maintaining the coat is easy. Weekly
brushing and combing is sufficient. The Balinese does not shed much.
Health Considered to be among the smartest of all cat
breeds. Balinese experience easy loss of body heat, heart diseaseand
upper respiratory infections.