Balinese were once called the Longhaired Siamese.They look very similar to the Siamese, but with a longer coat and a plumed tail.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Traditional and Classic Balinese are hardy animals. Unfortunately, Extreme Balinese may be subject to:
Upper respiratory infections.
Hyperactivity. Some may be hyperactive as a result of extensive inbreeding.