Balinese

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Balinese were once called the Longhaired Siamese.They look very similar to the Siamese, but with a longer coat and a plumed tail.

Description:

  • Soft, silky coat; relatively easy to care for.
  • Coat is pointed like the Siamese. Seal (dark brown) and blue (bluish gray) are the most
  • common colors, but coats can also be found in chocolate and lilac.
  • Kittens are born white and their markings develop within a few weeks.

There are three different types of Balinese:

  • Traditional Balinese – Sturdy build and heavy bone structure. They have rounded heads shaped like apples.
  • Classic Balinese – Body is more elongated. While judges at shows often ignore these cats, they are still beautiful and well liked.
  • Extreme or Modern Balinese – Long, lean bodies. Their bone structure is light and fine, and their paws are dainty. Extreme Balinese stand out because their head is triangular-shaped like a slice of pie. They have large pointed ears and slanted eyes.

Temperament:

  • Very social and extroverted.
  • Very vocal, may follow you around the house chatting.
  • Require plenty of attention. They may misbehave if left alone.
  • They love to climb and play, and require a good amount of exercise. They are talented at opening cabinets and doors.
  • Extremely friendly and affectionate.

Background:

The Balinese are derived from the Siamese, but there is debate over how the long hair came about. Some believe the Balinese are hybrids, the result of breeding a Siamese and an Angora. Other cat enthusiasts believe that the long hair was simply the result of a genetic mutation. Many Siamese breeders didn’t like the longhair kittens being labeled as Siamese and they considered them impure. The Balinese finally received their own breed status in 1961.

Health:

Traditional and Classic Balinese are hardy animals. Unfortunately, Extreme Balinese may be subject to:

Upper respiratory infections.
Heart disease.
Hyperactivity. Some may be hyperactive as a result of extensive inbreeding.

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