Breed Introduction: Balinese Cat

Balinese is ranked as one of the most intelligent cat breed!

Balinese

Balinese are extremely fond of their people. They like to be “helpful” and will follow you around and supervise your every move. When you are sitting down, a Balinese will be in your lap, and at night he will be in bed with you, probably under the covers with his head on the pillow. He is frequently underfoot, so he might not be the best choice for people who are unsteady on their feet or use a cane.

The coat on the contemporary Balinese is of medium length and has a silky texture. This breed is typified by a long and tapering form, with softer lines than the Siamese, owing to the fuller coat. It is both dainty and muscular. The head is wedge shaped, the eyes slanted and vivid blue, the ears are remarkably large, open and pointed, and the profile is linear. Colours are standard with the Siamese as well: seal point, blue point, lilac point, and chocolate point.

The general life span for the Balinese is 18-22 years, and with the exception of crossed eyes, this breed is not particularly known for any serious physical defects.

Breed Origin

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The Balinese is a longhaired variety of Siamese. It is unknown whether the long hair is the result of a natural mutation or a cross between the Siamese and a longhaired breed such as a Persian or Turkish Angora. Although longhaired Siamese appeared earlier, the cats did not begin to be developed as a breed until the 1940s and 1950s. The Cat Fanciers Federation recognized the Balinese in 1961, followed by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1970. They are also recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association, as well as other cat registries.

Breed Characteristics

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1. Personality and Temperament

In personality, the Balinese is also very much like its parent breed. Speaking and interacting with humans is what it is most fond of. This breed is ranked as one of the most intelligent cat breed, and is also remarkable for its good humor, good nature, and high energy. Getting along well with both animals and people is one of the strongest qualities the Balinese possess. Its intelligence naturally pushes it to the top of the hierarchy amongst other animals, but it is amiable enough not to lord its superiority over them. Getting along with children is also one of the main pluses, but care must be taken not to allow active children to mishandle them, lest child-averse behaviour form.

2. Physical Characteristics

Balinese breeders have improved the physical form of the breed by outcrossing it with the parent breed, the Siamese, and the features of the Balinese have become leaner and longer, just as the modern Siamese has. The breed standard for the Balinese is identical to the standard for the Siamese in most respects, including overall body type and color, with the obvious differences being in the overall coat length and full plume tail. The coat is single coated, with only minimal shedding. In fact, the Balinese is noted for its lack of shedding amongst long coated cats.

The coat on the contemporary Balinese is of a silky texture, medium length and lie close to the body. This breed is typified by a long and tapering form, with softer lines than the Siamese owing to the fuller coat. It is both dainty and muscular. The head is wedge shaped, the eyes slanted and vivid blue, the ears are remarkably large, open and pointed, and the profile is linear. Colours are standard with the Siamese as well: seal point, blue point, lilac point, and chocolate point.

3. Health Predispositions

Balinese are reported to have an increased risk of developing a dermatological condition called feline acromelanism. This is an abnormal, genetically determined, temperature-dependent pattern of pigmentation on the legs, ears, tail and face. It does not appear to have any serious health consequences. Balinese also have a tendency to be born with kinked tails and obviously squinted or “crossed” eyes, which are not desirable traits. They also may be prone to breathing difficulties due to nasal obstruction.

4. Activity Level

Balinese are lively, playful and full of energy, especially around other cats and with “their people.” These are muscular, athletic animals and should not be thought of as delicate or frail, simply because of their elegant, elongated appearance. They do enjoy relaxing on cushions or couches, especially after a good frenzied frolic around the house.

5. Behavioural Traits

Balinese can be more vocal than many other cat breeds. However, they typically are not as assertively noisy as their short-haired Siamese counterparts. They can be pushy when demanding attention and adorably curious when faced with new games or toys.

Updated: September 21, 2017.

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