Balinese

 

The Balinese is, like his close relatives the Siamese, Oriental Shorthair and Oriental Longhair (also called Javanese), a cat with oriental type:
a very elegant, graceful and slender semi-longhaired cat. Balinese cats are said to have been named after the dancers of Bali.
 
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Balinese lilac tabbypoint
Aldinia della Luna di Tina
Owner: Dr. Mirjam Kessler, Blue Moon cattery
Switzerland
 
Balinese exist in the same colours as Siamese:
  • white, which is called Foreign White
  • seal point and blue point
  • chocolate point and lilac point
  • red point and cream point
  • In some organizations also cinnamon point and fawn point are recognized.
Balinese lilacpoint
Eur.Ch. Seraya's Indi
Owner: Christel & Peter Schirrer, A Vienna Blue cattery, Vienna, Austria
 
  • tortie point, i.e. with tortie patches, all colours as mentioned above
Balinese chocolate tortiepoint
IC Yacinni's Hyacintia
Owner: Christel & Peter Schirrer, A Vienna Blue cattery, Vienna, Austria
 
  • And all these colours exist also with stripes (tabby), which is called tabby point, for example seal tabby point, tortie tabby point, etc.
Balinese blue tabbypoint
Indirha-Ina of Blue Moon
Breeder: Dr. Mirjam Kessler, Blue Moon cattery, Switzerland
 
  • Some organizations also recognize cinnamon and fawn point, which were for example recognized by FIFe in 2004.
  • Some organizations also recognize caramel point and apricot point, like the ACF, CCCA, NZCF, SACC or TICA.
  • The Balinese can also come with white, in some organizations bi-coloured Balinese are recognized.
  • Some organizations, like CFA, also recognize smoke point and silver point (=silver tabby point).

Notes

There might arise confusion, when looking at the different cat organizations, what is called a Balinese.

  • Some organizations, like CFA, have two divisions (since 01.05.2008):
    Balinese division: seal, blue, chocolate and lilac.
    Javanese division: red/cream, tortie and tabby point.
  • In FIFe bi-colored Balinese are called Seychellois Longhair.
  • In CFA bi-colored Balinese are called Oriental and are put into the Longhair division of the Oriental, whilst bi-colored Siamese are also called Oriental and put into the Shorthair division of the Oriental.
 

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Breed profile

The Balinese is, like his close relatives the Siamese, Oriental Shorthair and Oriental Longhair (also called Javanese), a cat with oriental type:
a very elegant, graceful and slender semi-longhaired cat. Balinese cats are said to have been named after the dancers of Bali.

The Balinese has medium size, the body is slender and long, yet with a very well developed muscle strength, which is quite hard and firm. The legs are high (long) and slender with fine oval paws. The bones are fine and delicate.

The head builds a long wedge which tapers to a fine muzzle. The nose is absolutely straight and long. The jaws are fine built. When the head is viewed in profile, a long straight line can be seen, which starts at the top of the head and continues straight to the tip of the nose. When the head is viewed from the front, the outer edges of the head build a long triangle.
The skull is rounded, in some organizations the top shall be flat.
The neck is long, slender and graceful, thus emphasizing the elegant lines of the Balinese.
The eyes are almond in shape and slanted toward the base of the ears. Their colour is of a striking deep blue. This combination between the almond shape and the oblique placement of the eyes emphasizes the oriental appearance of the Balinese.
The ears are large, wide at the base, thus completing the triangular shape of the head and continuing the outer lines of the head.

The coat is semi-long (not very long), very fine and shows almost no undercoat. When you stroke the coat you have the feeling of pure silk. The main characteristic of the Balinese is the coat colour, the Balinese is a pointed cat, i.e. the colour is restricted to very few parts of the body. In the face is a mask, ears, legs and the tail are coloured, the rest of the body is almost white. This contrast between the coloured points, the white body and the deep blue eyes makes this breed very attractive.

The tail is very long, rather thin and tapers to its tip. The coat on the tail is not very bushy, rather flowing and forming a plume.

 

History

It is supposed that the first Balinese was born in a litter resulting from a mating of Siamese x Siamese. This breed is not the result of any spontaneous mutation, but the result of Siamese carrying the recessive longhair gene.
It is most likely that the introduction of the longhair gene into the Siamese results from cross mating with Turkish Angoras, done by English breeders during the world war II to pertain at least parts of their Siamese bloodlines. Turkish Angora are very similar in body type. Balinese have been recognized as separate breed 1963 in the US, in Europe in the late 1980s. Balinese are supposed to be semi-longhair cats, but the modern Balinese of today do have rather short coat, which results from frequent outcrosses to Siamese to cultivate the oriental type of the Balinese.

 

Temperament

Balinese cats are talkative cats, they can get quite loud sometimes. Females, which are in heat, and lonely studs can cry with an ear splitting voice. But, in general Balinese are more quiet and not so loud as Siamese. The Balinese loves to communicate with his owner. They are active cats, who like to play. If they feel lonely without any playmate, they create one, and anything will be dedicated to become their playmate. Balinese like to jump quite high, but they keep their balance between the narrowest things with great elegance, thus disrupting or disturbing very seldom something.
Balinese are no outdoor cats, they like a cozy warm place. They like to sleep on top of radiators, the television or the computer, or anything which creates heat.
Balinese love their owners and demand attention and affection, they enjoy riding on their shoulders or cuddling on their knees, or to cuddle in bed under a warm blanket.
These extremely intelligent cats make very good companions for people, who like to have constant companionship. Balinese will follow you, wherever you go, if you sit down, they will sit on your lap, if you eat, they will sit besides you on the chair, without being demanding or begging for food, if you go to bed, they will enjoy to sleep in your bed with you. Balinese will be your friends for a life time.

 

Grooming

Balinese require little grooming because of their thin coat. Brushing their coat and combing it gentle will remove dead hears and will produce a silk-like glistening coat.
 

 
 
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