The Balinese is a variety of oriental cat, having long hair and
Siamese-style markings, or points. The breed originated in early 1900s,
and was originally registered as a "longhaired Siamese" with
CFF in 1928, but this long-haired version was promoted as a breed after
1940's. The occasional long-haired kittens in a Siamese litter were
previously seen as an oddity, and were sold as household pets rather
than as show cats. Then in the mid-1950s, two breeders, Mrs. Marion
Dorsey of California and Mrs. Helen Smith of New York, decided to begin
a breeding program for the longhaired cats. Helen Smith named this breed
of cats "Balinese" as she felt they have grace and beauty of
Balinese dancers, and "longhaired Siamese" is not a suitable
name for such graceful breed. After this, the breed became quite popular
and a number of breeders started working on "perfecting" the
Just like Siamese, the Balinese has a long & slim body with
wedge-shaped head, and vivid blue eyes. A Balinese cat is quite
aristocratic in appearance. It has a long body, big head, and tall legs.
The Balinese has a fine, silky, single coat lying close to the body,
with hair length of half inch to two inches. These cats are famous for
their long, plume tail. The Balinese come in variety of traditional
colors, like blue, chocolate, lilac, seal, lynx, etc; as well as less
traditional colors, like cream and red. However, in the Cat Fanciers'
Association, only the four traditional Siamese colors of Balinese are
accepted, and all other colors and patterns are considered Javanese.
There are generally two different types of Balinese cat found, one is
traditional or "apple-headed" Balinese, which is preferred by
some owners, and another is with more contemporary appearance which is
generally preferred by breeders and judges. The traditional Balinese cat
has approximately two inches long coat over its entire body and it is a
well-built and healthy cat with a semi-rounded muzzle and ears. The
traditional Balinese resembles a Ragdoll cat to some extent. A "contemporary"
Balinese has a much shorter coat in comparison to traditional Balinese.
Contemporary Balinese are also known as show cats, and thus are
preferred by breeders.
Balinese cats are friendly, emotional, affectionate and extremely
intelligent cats. They are known for their ability to communicate in
their own way. These cats are very alert & active. They love
attention of the people around. Like the Siamese, these cats are very
playful and love human company. Though the Balinese is a social
creature, it is sometimes even found talking to itself.